Other Rox following Jimenez into groove

Other Rox following Jimenez into groove

DENVER -- Who wants next?

The friendly rivalry between Rockies starting pitchers was taken to yet another level Saturday night when Jeff Francis went 6 1/3 innings, allowing three earned runs for his third straight quality start.

It's become a pattern -- Francis following Jason Hammel (25 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings), who follows Ubaldo Jimenez (13-1, 1.15). Saturday marked the second consecutive time the Rockies have won three in a row during the trio's trip through the rotation.

"It's nice to be mentioned with Ubaldo," Hammel said. "His stuff's a little better than mine, but it just goes to show you anybody can do it. As long as we're winning, it's nice."

Aaron Cook (2-0, 2.62 at home) took the hill for the Rockies on Sunday, who have the fourth-best team ERA (3.61) in the National League, doing so at a ballpark people don't think is conducive to pitching.

"They're doing it in a place where a lot of people think you can't do that," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "Well yes, you can, and yes, we have."