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NEW YORK -- Jason Giambi pointed toward the right-centre field stands from the dugout in the first inning to thank the Bleacher Creatures for giving a rare call to a visiting player. Wholesale Jerseys . An inning later he hit the ball right to them, although its doubtful they appreciated that gesture as much. Ubaldo Jimenez overcame early wildness to pitch seven impressive innings and Giambis long homer helped lead the Colorado Rockies to a 4-2 victory Friday night over New York in a rare trip to the Bronx. "I wasnt touching the ground," Giambi said. "Theres an incredible energy playing in this stadium with the fans that they have here, just being excited like old times to have that opportunity to play in front of them again. I think he couldve thrown the rosin bag 2-0 and I wouldve swung no matter what." Troy Tulowitzki homered again in New York City and Todd Helton hit an RBI single for Colorado. No. 9 batter Chris Iannetta walked three times and scored a run. The Rockies were swept by the Yankees in a three-game series in 2004, their only other trip to the Bronx. "We have developed an expectation level with this ballclub. We dont care where were playing or who were playing," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "We expect to come in and we expect to play good professional baseball." A.J. Burnett (7-6) became the first pitcher in Yankees history to strike out four batters in one inning when he followed up three ineffective innings with the major league record-tying performance in the sixth. The gangly right-hander struck out Iannetta and Carlos Gonzalez looking before Chris Nelson swung at a pitch in the dirt. The wild pitch bounced off catcher Russell Martin from Chelsea, Que., and went to the backstop, allowing Nelson to reach base. Helton struck out swinging to end the inning. Seattles Felix Hernandez was the last to strike out four in a game -- in the eighth inning on June 3, 2010, against Minnesota. Burnett got the first out in the seventh before manager Joe Girardi came to get him and Burnett clearly was displeased with the move. "Its never personal," Burnett said. "Im not mad that he took me out, Im just mad because I had to come out." Fun loving and gregarious, Giambi was one of Yankees fans favourite player in his seven years with the team from 2002-08 and he always appreciated the group of fans in the bleachers who chanted the starters names during "roll call" in the first inning of home games. This time, he answered their rare call for a visiting player with his first homer at the new Yankee Stadium, and his eighth this season. "Theyre the greatest. Thats the greatest thing in baseball I always loved those guys forever," Giambi said of the Bleacher Creatures. "For them to do that was such an honour." It was Giambis first visit to New York since he came with Oakland in 2009, the season after finishing his seven-year contract with the Yankees. He finished 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored before being lifted to a smattering of applause for a pinch runner in the ninth. "He looked good, looked like hes in great shape, " Alex Rodriguez said. "Happy to see him do good, just not against us." Tulowitzki wears No. 2 in part as a tribute to Derek Jeter and was hoping the Yankees shortstop would get his 3,000th hit while the Rockies were in town. But Jeter is on the disabled list with a calf strain and it is not certain that hell even be ready to be activated when he is eligible to come off the DL on June 29. The Big Apple has been good to Tulowitzki this year. He homered in four straight games against the Mets in April and has hit five of his 14 homers in New York. He connected off Burnett in the fifth. "I think it wouldve been a little different if he had been playing in the game," Tulowitzki said. Jimenez (3-7) walked Curtis Granderson twice in the first three innings and Rodriguez drove him in both times -- a double in the first and a sacrifice fly in the third. But after the third, Jimenez started relying more on his changeup, slider and curveball. "That was a big thing about tonight, I was able to throw my breaking ball for strikes," Jimenez said. Jimenez, whose last outing was cut short by a leg cramp, allowed two runs and four hits to lower his road earned-run average to 2.16 in six starts this season. Huston Street gave up a hit in the ninth and got two fly balls to die in the strong wind to finish for his 23rd save. Burnett walked five, all in the third and fourth innings, but he limited the Rockies to two runs on an RBI single by Helton and a run-scoring groundout to Ty Wigginton. Helton hit a one-out single with the bases loaded, but Tulowitzki ended the threat with a double-play grounder to Rodriguez. Wigginton grounded out to third for a 3-2 lead after Giambi walked and Seth Smith doubled to open the fourth. Notes: Yankees RHP Bartolo Colon (hamstring), threw 31 pitches in his first bullpen session. He also ran sprints in the outfield for the second consecutive day and is scheduled to throw 50 pitches in a simulated game Monday. ... Giambi hit 95 home runs at the old Yankee Stadium. Cheap Jerseys From China . -- Clippers star Blake Griffin fired off some harsh words for the Golden State Warriors after being ejected on a Christmas night turned spirited. Cheap Jerseys .J. Burnett made a couple of mistakes with his pitches and gave up the lead in the seventh inning. http://www.cheapjerseysbiz.us.com/ . 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Center Dwight Howard missed his second straight game due to a sprained right ankle. Ellis finished with 33 points and five assists and Chandler Parsons netted 21 points for the Mavericks, who have dropped four consecutive contests. Dallas turned the ball over 23 times. We had chances, but that ultimately killed us, Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said of the turnovers. After Smmiths 3-pointer staked the Rockets to a 95-87 advantage with 2:56 remaining, a 7-2 Dallas spurt helped it get within three. Cheap NFL Jerseys. Parsons hit a triple and Ellis sunk two foul shots before Smith drove in for a layup. Dirk Nowitzkis layup capped the flurry and got the Mavs within 97-94 with 43.5 seconds left. Harden airballed a left wing jumper and then committed a flagrant foul on Tyson Chandler at the other end, but Chandler missed both free throws. Corey Brewer then tipped the ensuing inbounds pass off of Devin Harris and Harden put in a pair to seal the outcome. Earlier, the Mavs netted the first seven points as Ellis sandwiched a pair of baskets around a Nowitzki trey. Houston closed the frame on a 10-2 run to get within 25-24 following a quarter of play. Smith knocked down a late triple in the second and Houston held a 54-53 edge at the break. It was up 81-78 after three. Game Notes The Rockets have won four of their last five home games against Dallas ... The Mavericks havent lost four in a row since Jan. 2-9, 2013 ... Terrence Jones, who had 10 points and five rebounds for Houston, hadnt played since Nov. 3 due to nerve inflammation in his left leg. cheap jerseys cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys Ray Ban Outlet Michael Kors Outlet Michael Kors Sale Cheap Michael Kors ' ' '