With Braves third baseman Troy Glaus taking top honors as NL Player of the Month for his efforts leading the Braves to the top of the NL East, the continued dominance of Jimenez made for a rare double for the Rockies right-hander.
Jimenez, 26, is first to earn Pitcher of the Month honors in April and May since Boston's Pedro Martinez did it in 1999, and the first to do it in the NL since Atlanta's John Smoltz in 1996.
By outdueling two-time defending NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum on Monday, Jimenez picked up his Majors-leading 10th victory while extending his scoreless innings streak to 26, spanning four starts. It's his second streak of 25 or more innings this season, something tha hasn't been accomplished since Jack Morris did it for the Tigers in 1986. Author of the first of three no-hitters this season, Jimenez is holding opposing hitters to a .172 average against him, the lowest in the Majors.
"I'm beginning to run out of words to describe not only the excellence but the dominance in which this guy is pitching up to this point," said Rockies manager Jim Tracy after Jimenez pitched a four-hit shutout at AT&T Park.
Meanwhile, Glaus' hot bat helped push the Braves to a 20-8 record in May, leaving them in first place in the NL East after they'd started the month in last. In 28 May games, Glaus led the league with 28 RBIs while batting .330 with six home runs, 17 runs and a .534 slugging percentage, raising his battinver average from .194 to .274 during the course of the month.
Glaus, 33, finished May on a six-game hitting streak, completing the month with a bang, launching a three-run homer as the Braves beat the Phillies on Monday.
Other players receiving votes were the Braves' Jason Heyward (.337, four homers, 19 RBIs, 19 runs); the Reds' Jonny Gomes (.364, five homers, 22 RBIs); and Milwaukee's Corey Hart (10 homers, 22 RBIs, .659 slugging percentage).
Pitchers who received support included Philadelphia's Roy Halladay (3-2, 2.15 ERA, including the 20th perfect game in MLB history); the Reds' Johnny Cueto (4-0, 1.59 ERA, 37 strikeouts); the Braves' Tim Hudson (4-0, 1.59 ERA, 39 2/3 innings pitched); and the Padres' Mat Latos (4-1, 1.54 ERA, 37 strikeouts).
John Schlegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less