Jose Jimenez came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth tonight in Atlanta with his Rockies leading 6-5. Jimenez quickly relinquished back-to-back home runs to the only men he faced, Gary Sheffield (on a 2-1 pitch) and Chipper Jones, who hit homers in back-to-back innings (on a 1-1 pitch). Jimenez had given up only 4 home runs in his 56 prior appearances this year and only 2 since the All-Star break.
Poor Mike Hampton went 6 2/3 giving up just 2 runs (but 4 walks and zero K's) but got the ND. He also lowered his ERA to 6.25, the lowest it's been since May 22.