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 20, 2006.
Randy Johnson was the last pitcher to hold the Braves hitless, when he was perfect against them in a 2-0 victory for Arizona on May 18, 2004.
The Braves had runners reach second base in the second, third and fourth innings, but Jimenez was in the zone after Jason Heyward walked leading off the fifth.
“Thank God I was able to go back and get the guys out,” Jimenez said. “Thank God we got it.”
Jimenez walked leadoff batter Melky Cabrera in the third, but Braves starter Kenshin Kawakami spoiled the chance with his bat and baserunning. After Cabrera walked, Kawakami bounced his attempted sacrifice bunt to Jimenez, who threw to second. Kawakami was safe at first and moved to second with two outs on Prado’s second walk. But with Chipper Jones at the plate, Kawakami was picked off second base by catcher Miguel Olivo to end the inning.
Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez led off the game with a double and scored on Troy Tulowitzki’s sacrifice fly to left field.
The Rockies added three runs with two outs in the fourth. After singles by Brad Hawpe and Ian Stewart, Jimenez drove in Hawpe with a single up the middle. Gonzalez added a two-run double.
Kawakami (0-2) gave up eight hits and four runs in five innings. He had two walks and two strikeouts.
Kawakami wasn’t sharp. He took some consolation from looking around the clubhouse after the game.
“It was not just my rhythm that was off,” Kawakami said. “The lineup’s rhythm was off.”
Left-hander Jonny Venters, recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett earlier Saturday, gave up one hit in three scoreless innings in his major league debut.
Notes: The Braves optioned LHP Mike Dunn to Gwinnett when recalling Venters. Dunn was recalled when LHP Jo-Jo Reyes was placed on the disabled list on Thursday. An MRI Friday showed Reyes has a hyperextended right knee and bone bruise. ... Rockies LHP Jeff Francis (left shoulder strain), and RHP Huston Street (right shoulder inflammation) threw on flat ground Saturday in Arizona. ... Gonzalez hit leadoff after missing one start with a tight left hamstring.
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