Jason Giambi homered for the second consecutive game and Ubaldo Jimenez outpitched Dan Haren to help the Colorado Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1 on Sunday in Phoenix.
Colorado expanded its wild-card cushion over its three nearest pursuers because the Giants, Florida and Atlanta all lost. The Rockies lead the Giants by 41/2 games.
After winning a franchise-record 40th road game, Colorado opens a nine-game homestand on Tuesday.
Giambi has 11 RBI in his 12 games since joining the Rockies earlier this month. After being released by the A's, where he was hitting .193, Giambi was lured to Colorado by the chance to play for manager Jim Tracy on a team that could contend. His role off the bench behind first baseman Todd Helton suited him perfectly.
"It's a great team, that's why I chose to come here," Giambi said, "Not only the guys, but the way they played the game, and Jim Tracy was a huge reason."
General manager Jim Hendry said he decided to send Bradley home after learning of the player's remarks in the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald of Illinois. Bradley was quoted as saying "you understand why they haven't won in 100 years here."
Bradley has two years remaining on a three-year, $30 million contract that he signed as a free agent last offseason. Hendry said he doesn't know if the relationship can be salvaged. "The last few days became too much for me to tolerate," Hendry said.