Rockies go for clean sweep

Rockies go for clean sweep

If the Rockies aren't due for a letdown, their fans might be in the finale of the four-game series against the Dodgers after some incredible contests.

The Rockies have won four straight, including two come-from-behind victories highlighted by game-winning homers and curtain calls.

With Wednesday's 6-5 victory, the Rockies passed the Dodgers in the National League West and sit 4 1/2 games back of the Padres with 10 games remaining.

The drama has been fun, but Josh Fogg would like to see the Rockies hitters erase the drama and make things easy for fellow starter Ubaldo Jimenez in Thursday's finale.

"The last two nights have been just a little bit ridiculous," Fogg said. "You love it, but you don't expect it. So hopefully we'd like to go out and get about 12 in the first couple innings [Thursday] so you don't have to worry about it."

The Dodgers might be sending the right man to the mound for the Rockies to jump out early Thursday afternoon as they turn to Derek Lowe. Brad Hawpe, the hero of Wednesday's game, has three homers and a .500 batting average against Lowe. Matt Holliday is 13-for-22 with four doubles in his career against Lowe.

Pitching matchup
COL: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (3-4, 4.13 ERA)
Jimenez had been in a hot stretch with a 2.39 ERA over his last six starts entering his start against the Marlins on Saturday. But Jimenez fell back to some of the problems that used to haunt him in the Minor Leagues. He had poor command and built his pitch count early. He lasted only three innings, throwing 69 pitches, 38 for strikes. He gave up five runs (two earned) on five hits. He did have five strikeouts.

LAD: RHP Derek Lowe (12-12, 3.71 ERA)
Bum hand and all, Lowe pitched a gem against Arizona in the heat of the playoff race, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out five in seven innings in his last start. Lowe used his sinker and two-seam fastball to keep the D-backs in check. Lowe threw only 74 pitches before being pulled and his only mistake was a letter-high sinker that didn't sink to Tony Clark, who smashed it over the wall in center. In his only start against Colorado this season, Lowe gave up five runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Player to watch
Matt Holliday has 10 home runs in his last 11 games. He homered twice Wednesday night.

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Up next
• Friday: Rockies (Franklin Morales, 2-2, 3.81) at Padres (Jake Peavy, 18-6, 2.39), 8:05 p.m. MT
• Saturday: Rockies (LHP Mark Redman, 1-4, 9.28) at Padres (Jack Cassel, 1-0, 2.87), 8:05 p.m. MT
• Sunday: Rockies (Jeff Francis, 16-8, 4.25) at Padres (Greg Maddux, 13-10, 3.95), 2:05 p.m. MT

C.J. Moore is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.