Jimenez pitched the second complete game of his career and had an RBI single to help the Colorado Rockies extend their winning streak with a 6-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.
“He was in the middle of everything,” Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. “He did it with his bat, with a couple of terrific bunts and then the slug bunt that set up the inning when we took the lead.”
The Rockies’ franchise record is 11 consecutive wins from Sept. 16-27, 2007.
Jimenez (5-6) allowed four runs and eight hits and struck out three.
“I am improving in every aspect of the game,” Jimenez said. “In the last couple of years if I started a game like that allowing two or three runs, I would be down. I wouldn’t have been able to get out of the fifth inning, but now I have a little confidence.”
“Offensively I thought we did a pretty good job,” Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu said. “Jimenez, clear up until some of the last pitches, was throwing 97 mph, that’s not an easy guy to face.”
Branyan hit a 1-2 breaking ball into the Colorado bullpen in right center with one out in the first inning to give Seattle a 1-0 lead.
The Mariners made it 3-0 in the third inning on Beltre’s bases-loaded double. Washburn reached on a fielder’s choice, Ichiro(notes) Suzuki singled and Branyan drew a walk ahead of Beltre’s drive off the left field wall one out.
Colorado got two runs back in its half of the third on Todd Helton’s(notes) two-out RBI single and on a throwing error by Washburn that pulled Branyan off the bag at first and allowed Barmes to score.
“I saw the shortstop breaking to third base, so we had a play if we ever see the shortstop breaking, you pull the bat and swing,” Jimenez said. “It was the first time I’d ever seen shortstop breaking, so I did it and it worked.”
The Rockies loaded the bases, but Washburn got out of further trouble by retiring Helton and Hawpe.
“The most frustrating part was the walks,” Washburn said. “The base hits don’t hurt me if I don’t put guys on base by walking them or hitting them.”
The Rockies got an unearned run in the seventh inning off Miguel Batista(notes) to make it 6-4. Tulowitzki walked, stole second and moved to third when catcher Rob Johnson threw the ball into center field and scored on Batista’s wild pitch.
NOTES: LHP Erik Bedard(notes) will miss his start for Seattle on Saturday with left shoulder inflammation. … RHP Brandon Morrow(notes) will make the start and will be limited to 60 pitches. … OF Ken Griffey Jr.(notes) will make his fourth start in the outfield this season on Saturday. … Colorado brought LHP Franklin Morales(notes) back from his rehab assignment Friday and optioned him to Triple-A Colorado Springs. … RHP Tyler Buchholz (strained left elbow) is tentatively scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday.