DENVER (AP)—For nearly a week, Omar Quintanilla checked the lineup card for his name, only to walk away disappointed.
The Colorado Rockies’ infielder desperately wanted to wipe an 0-for-4, three-strikeout performance last Monday from his memory. He waited and waited for manager Clint Hurdle to put him in the lineup again.
Quintanilla’s chance came Saturday night and he responded with two hits— including a two-run triple—during Colorado’s 12-9 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Quintanilla’s triple in the fourth gave the Rockies a 6-5 lead they never relinquished. Before his hit to right-center, he was 0-for-5 with four strikeouts since being called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs on June 3. He also added a single.
“I was anxious to get in there,” Quintanilla said. “I can’t blame them for sitting me out with Clint (Barmes) and Jamey (Carroll) playing well, but I couldn’t wait to play. I told myself that when my time came, I just had to relax. That’s all it was.”
Maybe that’s advice starter Jason Jennings could take with him to the mound next outing. Jennings (4-6) has been struggling in the first inning this season. He’s given up 14 runs, including three against Los Angeles on Saturday.
“We’ve changed his pregame warmup,” Hurdle said. “We’ve had him throw more, throw less. I don’t know how much more creative we can get.”
After giving up five runs in the first three innings, Jennings did settle down to earn the win. He allowed 10 hits with five strikeouts in 5 1-3 innings.
“After the first inning I was able to do some damage control the rest of the night,” Jennings said. “I didn’t have my best stuff.”
Neither did Los Angeles starter Brett Tomko (5-5). The right-hander lasted only 3 2-3 innings, giving up seven runs and six hits. It was the second time in three starts he went less than four innings.
“I’m not sure if he’s fine or not,” manager Grady Little said. “He’s had a few rough outings in a row and he’s got to see what he can do to get better.”
Tomko is also at a loss to explain his slump.
“I want to scream a little bit and take out some of my frustration,” he said. “It hasn’t been a good stretch for me.”
There was concern over Dodgers outfielder J.D. Drew after the game. Drew slid hard into second on a double in the fourth, and Quintanilla’s knee hit him in the quadriceps. Drew played until the bottom of the seventh, when he was taken out.
“It was bothering him a lot,” Little said. “Maybe he’ll be able to go (Sunday).”
Coors Field has become Drew’s home away from home. He went 3-for-3 with a triple, double, single and a sacrifice fly. He’s hitting .377 in his career at Coors.
“I’ll get some ice and treatment and see how it reacts overnight,” Drew said. “It’s pretty sore and really tight now.”
After falling behind 3-0 in the opening inning, the Rockies answered with a three-run homer by Garrett Atkins.
“You’re never really trying to do that,” Atkins said of his two-out shot to center. “I was able to get some elevation and hit it out.”
A day after managing only five hits off Brad Penny and Takashi Saito, the Rockies had 12 hits, including five for extra bases. Carroll had a triple in the fourth and a double in the sixth, and pinch-hitter Jorge Piedra added a solo homer in the eighth.
It was Piedra’s first home run of the year and second pinch-hit homer for Colorado this season.
The win snapped Colorado’s five-game losing streak to the Dodgers.
“It was a good win, and that’s all that matters,” Todd Helton said.
It didn’t come easy, though. The Rockies were up 11-5, and then had to sweat.
Ramon Ramirez couldn’t close the door on the Dodgers in the seventh. Ramirez gave up a career-high four runs and got only two outs. He had pitched 11 1-3 scoreless innings of relief before giving up an RBI double to Willy Aybar and a three-run homer to Russell Martin, who finished with a career-high four RBIs.
Nomar Garciaparra extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single in the eighth. Every starter in the Dodgers’ lineup had a hit.
Newly acquired INF Kaz Matsui visited the Rockies’ clubhouse. He is scheduled to report to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday. … The Rockies are expected to announce Sunday that RHP Mike DeJean will have surgery on his right shoulder next week.