DENVER – Ubaldo Jimenez won his major league-leading 17th game, Carlos Gonzalez homered twice and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 6-1 on Wednesday.
Troy Tulowitzki also homered for the streaking Rockies, who have won five of six and played some of their best baseball of the season since the All-Star break.
Jimenez (17-2) became the fourth Rockies pitcher to win 17 games and the first since Jeff Francis did it in 2007, when Colorado reached the World Series. Kevin Ritz (1996) and Pedro Astacio (1999) were the other pitchers to win 17 games in a season for the franchise.
The Rockies' ace rebounded from a rare poor start against San Francisco on July 3, when he allowed seven runs in the third inning in an 11-8 loss. This time, he allowed only one run and four hits while striking out nine in seven dazzling innings.
Jimenez helped his own cause, too, when the Rockies took the lead in the second. Chris Iannetta led off with a single and moved to third on Jimenez's two-out infield single. Ryan Spilborghs followed with a double to the gap in left-center field, giving Colorado a 2-0 lead.
Spilborghs was thrown out at third trying to stretch his double to a triple.
Gonzalez looked overmatched in his first two at-bats against Madison Bumgarner (4-4). He struck out twice, first on a 75-mph curveball and then a ball in the dirt, before hitting a two-run homer in the fifth inning to make it 4-0.
He notched his first career multihomer game when he hit his 23rd off reliever Denny Bautista with two outs in the sixth. Tulowitzki followed with his 10th homer, the fifth time Colorado has hit back-to-back home runs this season. Gonzalez has been part of four of them.
The Giants got their only run in the sixth when Aubrey Huff and Buster Posey hit consecutive two-out doubles to make it 4-1.
Notes: Bumgarner allowed four runs on nine hit in four-plus innings. ... Rockies 3B Melvin Mora left the game with a left knee contusion after being hit by a pitch in the fifth. ... Posey was the NL player of the month for July, after hitting .417 with seven home runs and 24 RBIs. He led the league with 43 hits in the month. ... Rockies CF Dexter Fowler came into the game in the eighth as a defensive replacement. It was his first action since bruising his ribs and left hip running into the wall against the Cubs on Sunday.