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Paging Dr. Smith: Seth saves Rockies with two run blast off Lincecum, team now three up in wild card chase

Seth Smith cures what's ailing the Rockies. Last night he supplied a key triple in the Rockies big comeback win. In this case, Carlos Gonzalez, one of the team's hottest hitters goes down with a cut hand and Smith steps in and provides the go ahead blow, a crushing 450 ft two run home run to right off of Tim Lincecum to help the Rockies to a 4-2 victory.

Ubaldo Jimenez had one big mistake, a second inning two run home run allowed to Edgar Renteria, only the third home run Renteria has hit all season, but otherwise pitched very well through eight innings, allowing just six hits, walking two and striking out nine. With the win he improves to 12-9 on the season.

For the Rockies on offense, hits were at a premium, Smith's home run was one of just three hits by the team off Lincecum in seven innings. In fact, through five innings they couldn't even manage one. The others were a bloop single by Todd Helton to break up the no hitter in the sixth, and a subsequent clutch single by Ian Stewart with two outs to drive him home. The Rockies did make up for the lack of hits with patience, collecting five walks off of Lincecum to drive up his pitch count and move runners along.

Giant defensive miscues and a wild bullpen led to a bases loaded situation in the eighth and Sergio Romo plunked Clint Barmes to drive in Troy Tulowitzki for the Rockies final score.

Huston Street pitched a perfect ninth for his 33rd save.

70 - 54


Won 2


The win puts the Rockies three games ahead of the Giants, four ahead of the Braves, and five ahead of Florida for the wild card spot in the NL. With a Dodgers loss to the Cubs the Rockies also gain a game in the division standings and are once again just 3.5 games behind Los Angeles.



NL West Standings

Los Angeles 74 51 .592 0 Lost 1
Colorado 70 54 .564 3.5 Won 2
San Francisco 67 57 .540 6.5 Lost 2
Arizona 55 70 .440 19 Won 1
San Diego 52 73 .416 22 Lost 1

(updated 8.23.2009 at 7:04 PM EDT)


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