Ubaldo Jimenez pitched a four-hitter to become the majors' first 10-game winner this year, outpitching Tim Lincecum to lead the Colorado Rockies past the San Francisco Giants 4-0 in Monday's highly anticipated Memorial Day matchup.
Clint Barmes hit a two-run single in the second inning that held up for Jimenez, who struck out nine, lowered his big league-best ERA to 0.78 and extended his career-best scoreless innings streak to 26. He pitched his fourth career complete game, second career shutout and second this year.
Lincecum, making his 100th start and matched up with Jimenez for the fourth time, walked five for the fourth straight start and the Giants had their four-game winning streak snapped.
In a game featuring two of baseball's top right-handers, Jimenez improved to 3-1 head-to-head against Lincecum, the reigning two-time NL Cy Young winner. Jimenez retired nine straight before a two-out double to Pablo Sandoval in the ninth and a walk to Aubrey Huff that brought Manager Jim Tracy to the mound for a visit. Jimenez got Juan Uribe on a liner to left to end the 128-pitch gem in 2 hours, 38 minutes.
Jimenez became the 15th pitcher since 1952 to win 10 or more games by June 1.
Around the NL
Pinch-hitter Bobby Crosby singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as the Pirates ended a five-game losing streak by beating the Cubs 2-1. ... Chipper Jones and Troy Glaus homered to help the Braves earn a 9-3 victory over the Phillies. ... Cody Ross hit a three-run home run to spark Florida's biggest inning this year and the Marlins erased an early four-run deficit in beating the Brewers 13-5. ... Carlos Maldonado and Ryan Zimmerman hit three-run homers off Chris Sampson and the Nationals put together the highest-scoring inning in their history for a 14-4 win over the Astros. ... Albert Pujols continued his torrid hitting and the Cardinals knocked out Bronson Arroyo in the fifth inning of a 12-4 victory over the Reds.
Around the AL
Alex Rodriguez hit his second grand slam of the season for home run No. 590 and Andy Pettitte was nearly unhittable again in the daytime, helping the Yankees beat the Indians 11-2. ... Ervin Santana of the Angels pitched seven strong innings on the way to a 7-1 win over the Royals. ... Rajai Davis scored twice and Trevor Cahill continued to pitch well as the Athletics beat the Tigers 4-1.
News and notes
The Washington Nationals say prized prospect Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to make his major league debut against Pittsburgh on June 8. ... ... Minnesota's Orlando Hudson had tests on his surgically repaired left wrist that showed no damage from a collision with teammate Denard Span.
A Tribune wire report