Ubaldo, Tulo, CarGo lead Rockies past Braves 12-3

Ubaldo, Tulo, CarGo lead Rockies past Braves 12-3

July 20th, 2011 by Associated Press in Sports - Professional

Atlanta Braves' Dan Uggla watches the flight of a solo home run hit off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez as he starts to round the bases during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Coors Field in Denver on Tuesday, July 19, 2011. (AP Photo/ Jack Dempsey)

DENVER - Ubaldo Jimenez brushed aside Atlanta's powerful bats along with all that trade talk, and Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez homered as the Rockies routed the Braves 12-3 Tuesday night.

It was the first win for Colorado in six tries against the Braves this month, and for once Atlanta rookie Freddie Freeman didn't do any damage at the plate.

Freeman entered the game 10 for 19 against the Rockies after clubbing five homers and knocking in 10 runs against them. He was hitless in three at-bats against Jimenez, striking out twice.

Jimenez (6-8), who has won five of his last six decisions, allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings. He walked two and struck out nine, doffing his cap as he left to a standing ovation from fans hoping he stays in purple pinstripes for countless more nights like this one.

The only blemishes were the two homers he served up to Dan Uggla.

The Braves swept a four-game series from the Rockies just before the All-Star break, sending Colorado into a nosedive that has spawned speculation that Jimenez could be traded just a year after starting the All-Star game for the National League.

General manager Dan O'Dowd has said he'll take anyone's call but will have to be overwhelmed to part with his ace who is signed for the next three years at just under $18 million.

Jimenez says he wants to stay in Colorado. He's rebounded from a slow start caused in part by nagging thumb and hip injuries, but the Rockies have underperformed all season, never reaching the heights they expected behind the Big Three O's - Ubaldo, Tulo and CarGo.

On this night, scuffling sluggers Tulowitzki and Gonzalez staked Jimenez to an early cushion with home runs off rookie righty Brandon Beachy (3-2), who couldn't find the necessary sink on his pitches to succeed at Coors Field.

Beachy allowed six earned runs and nine hits while struggling through 4 2-3 innings.

Heeding his manager's advice to be more patient at the plate, Tulowitzki sent a full-count offering into the left-field seats for his 18th homer, a three-run shot, in the first. Gonzalez connected on No. 14 in the second inning, a two-run, no-doubt shot to the second deck in right field.

Seth Smith, who drove in three runs, doubled home Tulowitzki, who narrowly missed his second homer, in the third to make it 6-0.

The big innings seemed to poach Jimenez's momentum on the mound as he gave up Uggla's first homer leading off the fourth. Jimenez struck out six of the next eight batters until serving up Uggla's 17th homer that made it 6-2 in the sixth.

Cory Gearrin got two quick outs in the bottom of the sixth before the Rockies tagged him for four runs on two hits - a run-scoring triple by Smith and a bases-loaded triple by Dexter Fowler that made it 10-2.

Smith added a sacrifice fly in the seventh and Chris Iannetta added an RBI double that made it 12-2.