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Rox hope walk-off can be springboard

Rox hope walk-off can be springboard

DENVER -- During the Rockies' recent run of successful seasons, there have always been a handful of memorable moments and games that could be considered pivotal turning points.

Could Wednesday's 8-6 win over the Red Sox in front of a sellout crowd -- capped with Jason Giambi's walk-off homer in the ninth inning to bring the Rockies to five games over .500 for the first time this year -- be a game the club looks back on down the road?

"Yeah, why not?" said right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, who took his first no-decision of the season on Wednesday. "Especially against a team like Boston and facing [Jonathan Papelbon], the best closer in the Major Leagues, it could be a turning point. Everybody is going to be more excited every day, and we know we can come back any time."

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Prior to Wednesday's game, the Rockies had been 0-23 when trailing after seven innings. Home runs from third baseman Ian Stewart and Giambi -- a pinch-hitter -- changed that.

"We didn't necessarily have to win every single day like that last year," manager Jim Tracy said, "but we did have moments and games where we trailed by a run or a couple of runs, and because of where we were in the game and what had been done, we came in feeling like we can win the game. There was a mind-set in here just like that."

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