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Jimenez keeps up torrid pace

Rockies ace off to best start since ’86

Associated Press / June 18, 2010

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Ubaldo Jimenez pitched eight sparkling innings and the Colorado Rockies beat the Minnesota Twins, 5-1, yesterday in Minneapolis.

Jimenez (13-1) allowed one run and eight hits, struck out four and walked two while lowering his ERA to 1.15. At 13-1, the 26-year-old righthander is off to the best start by a pitcher since Roger Clemens went 14-0 in 1986.

Ryan Spilborghs hit a two-run homer and Troy Tulowitzki added an RBI triple for the Rockies, who avoided a three-game sweep in front of 40,741 fans at Target Field.

Francisco Liriano (6-4) allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings for the Twins.

Phillies 7, Yankees 1 — Kyle Kendrick kept host New York guessing, Shane Victorino homered and Placido Polanco made a sprawling catch as Philadelphia took two of three in this interleague series.

With the Yankees trying to rally with two outs in the sixth, Polanco hustled back from third base, tumbled over the tarpaulin and made a backhanded grab while reaching into the seats to catch Nick Fisher’s foul fly down the left-field line to end the inning.

Cubs 3, Athletics 2 — Kosuke Fukudome, benched recently because of slump at the plate, hit a game-ending RBI single to beat Oakland and give host Chicago its first series win since late May.

Jerry Blevins (2-1) opened the Cubs ninth by walking Geovany Soto, who went to second on Starlin Castro’s sacrifice. After pinch-hitter Koyie Hill was intentionally walked, Ryan Theriot walked to load the bases. On the next pitch, Fukudome singled through a drawn-in infield.

Tigers 8, Nationals 3 — Jeremy Bonderman threw seven sharp innings and Miguel Cabrera and Brandon Inge hit two-run doubles to help host Detroit easily dispatch Washington.

Bonderman (3-4) gave up two runs and five hits, and the Tigers extended their winning streak to six. He retired his first 11 batters, struck out seven and walked none.

Mets 6, Indians 4— R.A. Dickey won his fifth straight start and visiting New York stretched its winning streak to seven by beating Cleveland.

Reds 7, Dodgers 1 — Bronson Arroyo hit the first of Cincinnati’s three homers off rookie John Ely, pitched seven innings and was part of three double plays in a thrashing of visiting Los Angeles.

White Sox 5, Pirates 4 — Mark Buehrle allowed two runs over 7 1/3 innings, and visiting Chicago sent Pittsburgh to its 11th straight loss.

Braves 3, Rays 1 — Jason Heyward homered and Troy Glaus drove in two runs to back seven strong innings by Tim Hudson and host Atlanta got by Tampa Bay.

Rangers 6, Marlins 4 — Ian Kinsler drove in three runs, Vladimir Guerrero hit his 15th homer and Texas completed a three-game sweep of Florida in Miami.

Royals 5, Astros 2 — Scott Podsednik hit a three-run homer and Anthony Lerew pitched six effective innings, lifting host Kansas City over Houston.

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