It’s been nearly three years, though, since Jimenez beat Los Angeles at Coors Field, and he’ll face a team coming off one of its best hitting performances of the season in Sunday’s series finale.
After a breakthrough 2010 season in which he went 19-8 with a 2.88 ERA, Jimenez went 0-5 with a 5.86 ERA in his first 12 starts this year. He snapped out of that funk with his third career shutout June 1 at Dodger Stadium - a four-hitter with seven strikeouts and no walks.
The right-hander allowed two runs over seven innings and struck out eight Tuesday in San Diego, but got charged with a 2-0 defeat.
“He deserved a heck of a lot better fate than he got,” manager Jim Tracy said. “He was terrific. He looks like the Ubaldo Jimenez of old.”
Jimenez is 7-6 with a 4.64 ERA in 16 career starts against the Dodgers but 0-4 with a 5.47 ERA in his four home matchups since a 10-1 win July 22, 2008.
Jimenez (1-6, 4.73 ERA) will face a tough task in a Dodgers lineup that had a season-high 18 hits Saturday night. Los Angeles needed nearly all of them to hang on for an 11-7 victory.
The Dodgers (30-36) almost blew a six-run lead after Colorado (31-33) nearly did the same in a 6-5 win Friday.
Aaron Miles(notes) and Jamey Carroll(notes) each had four hits and two RBIs as the Dodgers also snapped a four-game slide at Coors. Casey Blake(notes) shook off a stiff neck to deliver a three-run, pinch-hit double.
Rubby De La Rosa(notes) (2-0, 1.80) will try to give Los Angeles another win after a solid major league debut. The 22-year-old right-hander gave up one run and four hits over five innings Tuesday, overcoming walks to five of the first 11 batters he faced in a 6-2 victory.
“Once he slowed down, he was effective,” catcher Dioner Navarro(notes) told the Dodgers’ official website. “We just had to calm him down and get him back on track. The first start is a big deal for anybody.”
De La Rosa had previously made three relief appearances, including one in an 8-2 victory over Colorado on May 31. He allowed one hit - a double to Troy Tulowitzki(notes) - over the final two innings of that game.
Tulowitzki enters this game 9 for 18 with an eye-popping 10 RBIs in his last four contests, and is hitting .459 with 10 RBIs in his last nine games against the Dodgers. Todd Helton(notes) is 10 for 18 over his last five games overall and is batting .439 with 12 RBIs in his last 13 matchups with Los Angeles.
Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp(notes) is batting .485 with six homers and 15 RBIs during his team’s 10-game road trip, which ends Sunday. The outfielder is 11 for 36 in his career versus Jimenez, and one more hit off Jimenez on Sunday would give him the most of any major leaguer.