Jimenez pitches Rockies past Twins 5-1Colorado ace improves to 13-1
By: Jon Krawczynski, Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Ubaldo Jimenez allowed one run on eight hits to improve to 13-1 on the season in Colorado's 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday.
Jimenez's earned-run average dropped to 1.15 and the 26-year-old Dominican 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 and two runs for the Rockies, who avoided a three-game sweep in front of 40,741 fans at Target Field. Tulowitzki left the game in the eighth inning after being hit by a pitch.
The highly anticipated matchup against fellow Dominican Francisco Liriano (6-4) wasn't even close. Liriano allowed three runs on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts in seven innings for the Twins.