Jimenez (3-0) walked six — all in
the first five innings. He was helped by Dexter Fowler's diving catch
on Troy Glaus' drive to left-center field in the seventh inning. Jimenez
was at his best in the final innings, reaching the high 90s with his
fastball through the final batter.
In the ninth, Martin Prado popped
out to second baseman Clint Barmes, Chipper Jones hit a fly ball to
left field and Brian McCann grounded out to Barmes on Jimenez's 128th
pitch to end the game.
Jimenez thrust his arms in the
air and was swarmed by teammates as he celebrated history for himself
and his franchise.
The 26-year-old right-hander
struck out seven and had an RBI single in the fourth inning.
It's baseball's first no-hitter
since Mark Buehrle's perfect game last season. Buehrle faced the minimum
27 batters for the Chicago White Sox in a 5-0 no-hit victory over Tampa
Bay on July 10, 2009.
Jimenez, from the Dominican
Republic, was 15-12 with a 3.47 ERA in 2009. He set a career high in
wins while posting the lowest ERA for a starter in Rockies history.
The Rockies have only one
one-hitter in their history. Jason Jennings, Tom Martin and Brian
Fuentes combined on a one-hit shutout in a 6-0 win over Oakland on June
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