The surging Rockies go for their second three-game sweep of the Giants in 2007 when the NL West rivals conclude their series at Coors Field.
Colorado (72-66) has won three straight and five of six to move a season-high six games over .500. The Rockies rallied from a four-run deficit Tuesday and beat the Giants 6-5 on Brad Hawpe’s RBI single in the ninth inning.
“This team is resilient no matter what the score or the situation,” said Rockies manager Clint Hurdle, whose team hasn’t won four in a row since a five-game run July 2-7. “It doesn’t matter if we are down 5-1 like we were tonight. We won’t give up without a fight.”
Todd Helton was 3-for-3 with an RBI double and Troy Tulowitzki, named NL rookie of the month for August on Tuesday, hit his 19th homer to help the Rockies win their fifth straight at home. Colorado is four games behind San Diego and Arizona, which are separated by one percentage point atop the NL West.
The Rockies hold a 10-7 advantage in the season series between these squads and have won six of the last eight matchups, posting a 3.04 ERA. They also swept San Francisco from May 25-27.
The Giants (62-77) have lost four in a row and are considered to be the only NL West team out of playoff contention. All but three of Colorado’s final 23 games after Wednesday will be against teams in the postseason chase.
One of Colorado’s hottest starters takes the mound Wednesday as Ubaldo Jimenez (3-2, 4.03 ERA) goes for his fifth straight quality start. The rookie right-hander went 1-2 with a 6.57 ERA over his first five starts of the season, but is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA and a .132 opponent batting average over his last four.
He allowed three runs and three hits over 6 2-3 innings in a 7-3, 10-inning win over Arizona on Friday. Jimenez, who walked one and struck out six, was aided by a fastball that topped out at 99 mph.
The 23-year-old Jimenez will be making his first career start versus the Giants.
Kevin Correia (3-6, 3.77) makes his fourth start for San Francisco since coming out of the bullpen to join the rotation. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in his three starts since replacing the injured Russ Ortiz.
He won his second consecutive start Friday, allowing two runs over six innings in a 3-2 win over Washington. Three of the five hits he allowed came against the first four batters, but Correia quickly settled down for his longest outing since Aug. 26, 2005.
“Going from relieving to starting, my stamina’s not where it would be if I was starting all year,” said Correia, who walked one and struck out two. “It’s just a question of if I was a little tired - I was able to get some quick innings after that. I didn’t have my best stuff, but I kind of worked around it and the positive sign is that you get people out.”
Correia is 1-2 with a 2.95 ERA in 20 career games, including four starts, versus Colorado. He has gone 0-1 with a 6.14 ERA in eight relief appearances against the Rockies this season, but hasn’t faced them as a starter since 2005.