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09/26/10 2:53 PM ET

Ubaldo seeks 20th as Rox fight to stay alive

This could be it for the fighting Rockies.

After another spectacular September surge, Colorado has lost five of its past six games, including two of three at home to the Giants. Now 4 1/2 games behind the first-place Giants in the National League West and four games behind San Diego in the Wild Card standings, it could already be over for Colorado.

But as always, the resilient Rockies will show up Monday at Coors Field and try to keep whatever playoff hopes they have alive.

"To lose two out of three in a big series is tough, but at the same time, anything can happen," Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said after Sunday's loss. "We're still in it. It kind of opens up a door a little, but at the same time, our chances every single day are getting a little slimmer. But you never know what could happen."

In Monday's series opener, the Rockies will have Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound. Although Jimenez has given up four and five runs against the Dodgers and D-backs, respectively, in his past two starts, the Rockies are still confident in their ace, who will make his second attempt to win his 20th game. Rockies manager Jim Tracy said he spoke with Jimenez on Saturday, and the pitcher said he was fine, both physically and mentally. As Tracy said, it's important to remember that even though Jimenez got off to a hot start, things taper off in baseball, and the 26-year-old right-hander is still a youngster.

"You want to feel like from an experience standpoint, this is an eight-, nine-, 10-year veteran. This guy showed up in 2007. He's not completely done yet," Tracy said. "There's more growth to take place there. There's a lot of players on this club like that."

One young Rockies player who still has room to grow but has carried the team this month is Tulowitzki, who has 40 RBIs and four games before the end of the month to surpass Babe Ruth's all-time record of 43 in 1927. The shortstop's 15 homers this month also are two behind the record for September, shared by Ruth in '27 and the Indians' Albert Belle in 1995.

And while Tulowitzki and NL MVP candidate Carlos Gonzalez have carried the team this month, the Rockies on Monday will look toward Jimenez to keep their slimming playoffs hopes alive. Even with his rough patch, Jimenez still has been been the poster boy in "the year of the pitcher."

"I certainly don't think there's a whole lot negative to say about 19-7," Tracy said. "There's not a whole lot to say other than 'tremendous' and where's it gonna go moving forward in the future when you consider he arrived in 2007. This guy's got a long way to go with a brilliant future in front of him."

Dodgers: No surgery for Lindsey
It took 16 years for John Lindsey to make it to the Majors. And while a broken hand suffered Friday ended his first Major League stint prematurely, doctors believe the hand will heal without surgery, Dodgers trainer Stan Conte said Sunday. X-rays were sent to three hand specialists, Conte said, and the consensus was to hold off on surgery and take another X-ray when the club returns to Los Angeles for next weekend's final series of the season against Arizona. Lindsey has the hand in a soft splint. He hopes to be healed in time to play the second half of the Mexican winter league.

Rockies: Olivo exits early
Colorado catcher Miguel Olivo left Sunday's game in the top of the ninth after being struck by Tulowitzki on an infield fly ball, but the move was only precautionary. "I tried to go get the ball and he tried to go get the ball and nobody could see it," Olivo said. "He got there and I had to slide, but nothing happened. It's me. I like to play hard. I saw the ball got lost in the air and I tried to catch it. It's just fine."

Worth noting
L.A.'s starter on Monday, Ted Lilly, is looking to halt a four-game losing streak. He has a 10.03 ERA at Coors Field, but on Aug. 19 threw a two-hit shutout against the Rockies in Los Angeles. ... Dodgers manager Joe Torre said he will field his regular lineup because the Rockies are still alive for a postseason berth. ... Gonzalez has a hit in 12 of his last 13 games. He's hitting .404 in that span.

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