Sep 3, 2009 1:02 AM
DENVER (AP) - Jason Giambi's pinch-hit two-run single off Brian Stokes broke an eighth-inning tie and powered the Colorado Rockies past the New York Mets 5-2 on Wednesday night.
Giambi's first hit for the Rockies made a winner of Ubaldo Jimenez, who outdueled right-hander Tim Redding and kept Colorado atop the NL wild-card race by a game over San Francisco. The Giants won at Philadelphia behind newcomer Brad Penny's eight shutout innings earlier Wednesday night.
With the bases full and the crowd on its feet waving white giveaway T-shirts, Giambi, pinch-hitting for Clint Barmes, lined Stokes' first offering into center field just over the outstretched glove of a leaping shortstop Anderson Hernandez, making it 4-2.
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