Ubaldo Jimenez's bid for a second no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves didn't last long, allowing a single to catcher Brian McCann in the bottom of the first. Rather, it was Troy Tulowitzki's early exit from the 4-1 loss to the Braves that became the storyline.
In the fourth inning, Tulowitzki ran out an inning-ending double play and came up feeling pain in his right leg. As he walked around the first base area at the end of the inning, trainers came out and determined he needed to leave the game. He was diagnosed with right quad tightness and is listed as day-to-day. He will likely miss Tuesday's game.
Ubaldo Jimenez (3-8, 4.39 ERA) had dominant stuff in the game, at one point striking out five batters in a row and six of the previous seven. He went 5 1/3 innings with three runs allowed on six hits and one walk. He struck out nine, but ran his pitch count up to 117 before leaving the game. He allowed a Freddie Freeman two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning and then gave up a Jason Heyward RBI double to end his night.
Rex Brothers loaded the bases with two walks, but also struck out two to end the inning. Mark Reynolds allowed a second Freddie Freeman home run (11) in the eighth inning.
Braves starter Tommy Hanson (10-4, 2.52 ERA) was untouchable on the mound. He allowed a Todd Helton RBI single in the fourth inning for the only run he gave up. He struck out six over seven innings. Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel kept the Rockies down for the final two innings, the latter picking up his 25th save.
Cole Garner, called up by the Rockies on Monday afternoon, appeared as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning. He delivered a well-struck ball, but it wound up as an out to Jason Heyward.
The Rockies (41-44, 19-21 away) continue this series on Tuesday evening at 5:10 p.m. MT. Jhoulys Chacin and Derek Lowe are scheduled to start.
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