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Pirates Vs. Rockies: Ubaldo Jimenez Pitches For Series Victory

Ubaldo Jimenez takes the mound on Sunday afternoon for the Colorado Rockies, who can take the season series, 5-2, with a victory. Jimenez last pitched a week ago on April 24, taking a loss against the Florida Marlins. He had a no-hitter through four innings, but ran into trouble when he walked three batters in the fifth inning. Then an Omar Infante triple gave the Marlins a 3-0 lead.

Jimenez has yet to pitch more than six inning in any of his three starts, just 10 innings over his two starts after a stint on the disabled list. However, he has also struck out 13 over that same span. Hopefully April is behind him and better things are ahead for him in May.

The Pirates' Charlie Morton makes his second start against the Rockies this season. He allowed three runs over seven innings in that start and walked five. In five starts so far, Morton has had a pattern of allowing one run and then following it with a multi-run game. He gave up just one run and struck out six in his last start for a no-decision in his last start. He averages 4.9 walks per nine innings, so if the Rockies can be patient today another high walk total could be in order.

First pitch is schedule for 1:10 p.m. MT, and tune into ROOT Sports for TV coverage.