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White Sox 15, Rockies 5

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DENVER -- The Chicago White Sox made their first trip to Coors Field a memorable one.

Now they can't wait to come back.

Orlando Hernandez shook off a shaky start to win his sixth straight decision and the White Sox had a season-high in hits for the second time in three games, completing a three-game sweep over the Colorado Rockies with a 15-5 victory Wednesday night.

"There's a lot of hits here and we saw a little bit of everything tonight," said Chicago's Paul Konerko, who extended his interleague hitting streak to 13 games. "Bloopers, line drives, home runs, gappers -- they are not kidding when they say this place is a hitter's park."

The White Sox certainly took advantage.

Juan Uribe and Carl Everett each had three RBI, and Chicago finished with 22 hits after setting a season-high with 15 against the Rockies on Monday. The White Sox turned a close game into a rout in the final two innings, scoring six in the eighth and four in the ninth.

Joe Crede hit a two-run homer in the final inning and pinch-hitter Frank Thomas capped Chicago's monster night, sending a buzz through what was left of the crowd with a 440-foot solo homer to center.

The result was the White Sox's fourth road sweep after they did it twice last season, and the first by an AL team at Coors Field since Anaheim in 2001.

"I like my players to have fun and when you're winning that's very easy to do," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, whose team has won seven of nine overall to improve baseball's best record to 40-19.

Colorado had a Coors Field record-low seven hits in losing the series' first two games by a combined score of 11-4. The Rockies had that many hits and runs by the third inning Wednesday, but got one more hit the rest of the way to lose their third straight after a four-game winning streak.

"We were dominated by them in the series," said Rockies manager Clint Hurdle, back after missing two games to be with his ill daughter. "We didn't show up in the series, didn't show up for it at all."

Hernandez (7-1), like Freddy Garcia and Jose Contreras in the first two games, had something to do with it.

El Duque didn't seem comfortable early in his first trip to Denver, giving up one more hit (seven) in the first two innings than he had in his previous start when he went six innings.

But after giving up a run in the first inning and three more in the second, Hernandez found his rhythm. He allowed a single in the third, then retired 10 straight batters before being lifted at the start of the seventh.

Hernandez allowed four runs and seven hits in his second solid start since coming off the DL with a sore shoulder. He also had his second career hit -- first since June 11, 1999, against Florida while playing for the Yankees -- in the second inning, floating a single just over first baseman Todd Helton's glove.

"I threw the same and pitched the same game," Hernandez said. "Maybe a little quicker and a faster rhythm (after the second inning). That's all, though."

Rockies starter Jeff Francis (5-3) ran up his pitch count early and never really recovered, losing for the first time in eight career starts at Coors Field.

Francis had trouble spotting his pitches early and worked deep in the count against just about every batter. The left-hander labored through a 34-pitch first inning, giving up three runs on Aaron Rowand's two-run single and an RBI double by Everett.

Chicago got two more off Francis in the fifth, taking a 5-4 lead on Tadahito Iguchi's RBI double and Everett's run-scoring single.

The left-hander allowed five runs and 12 hits in six innings.

"Nobody goes through not losing at their own ballpark," Francis said. "It was a matter of time before I lost here."

Colorado at least made a game of it early.

Helton had an RBI single in the first inning and Colorado's first run of the second came on an infield single by Eddy Garabito and Ozuna's throwing error at third. Cory Sullivan followed with a run-scoring single and Desi Relaford added an RBI double to put the Rockies up 4-3.

That was it for the Rockies until the ninth inning, when J.D. Closser's homer made it 15-5.

"We got blown out," Hurdle said.

Notes

Rowand extended his hitting streak to 13 games. ... Rockies C Danny Ardoin has thrown out three runners in two games since being called up -- one more than J.D. Closser and Todd Greene had in the first 57 games combined. ... Rockies LF Matt Holliday went out in the third inning after aggravating a sprained pinkie. ... Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan attended the game.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

J. Dye
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Chicago

C. Everett
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Chicago White Sox
Pablo Ozuna, 3B5130002 .313
    Luis Vizcaino, P0000000 .000
   a- Frank Thomas, PH1111000 .286
    Shingo Takatsu, P0000000 .000
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B3212201 .293
Aaron Rowand, CF6131004 .292
Paul Konerko, 1B4110114 .237
Carl Everett, LF4133000 .263
    Scott Podsednik, PR-LF1210000 .288
Jermaine Dye, RF5132002 .260
Chris Widger, C4110003 .321
Juan Uribe, SS5223001 .250
Orlando Hernandez, P3010011 .333
    Damaso Marte, P0000000 .000
    Cliff Politte, P11110001.000
    Joe Crede, 3B1112000 .229
Totals431522153218 
a-homered for Vizcaino in the 9th
Batting
2B - Tadahito Iguchi (10, Francis), Aaron Rowand (15, Francis), Jermaine Dye (12, Francis), Juan Uribe (11, Seay)
HR - Frank Thomas (2, Seay), Joe Crede (8, Seay)
SF - Tadahito Iguchi (3)
SH - Chris Widger (1)
RBI - Frank Thomas (3), Tadahito Iguchi 2 (28), Aaron Rowand (25), Carl Everett 3 (38), Jermaine Dye 2 (27), Juan Uribe 3 (28), Cliff Politte (1), Joe Crede 2 (23)
2-OUT RBI - Frank Thomas (2), Aaron Rowand (11), Carl Everett 2 (13), Jermaine Dye (11), Juan Uribe (9), Joe Crede 2 (3)
CS - Pablo Ozuna 2 (3, 2nd base by Francis/Ardoin, 2nd base by Francis/Ardoin)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Pablo Ozuna (3, wild trow), Chris Widger (3, wild throw)
Chicago White Sox
Orlando Hernandez (W,7-1) 6744160 4.34
Damaso Marte (H,10) 0.2000100 2.35
Cliff Politte (H,6) 0.1000110 1.66
Luis Vizcaino 1000110 5.60
Shingo Takatsu 1111131 6.61
IBB - Helton by Orlando Hernandez
Pitches-Strikes - Orlando Hernandez 102-66, Damaso Marte 11-4, Cliff Politte 10-5, Luis Vizcaino 25-16, Shingo Takatsu 28-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Orlando Hernandez 5-7, Damaso Marte 1-1
Batters Faced - Orlando Hernandez 26, Damaso Marte 3, Cliff Politte 2, Luis Vizcaino 4, Shingo Takatsu 5
Colorado Rockies
Cory Sullivan, CF4221010 .330
Desi Relaford, SS5011032 .316
Todd Helton, 1B2011300 .260
Matt Holliday, LF2000013 .291
    Dustan Mohr, LF3000023 .213
Bradley Hawpe, RF4000011 .275
Garrett Atkins, 3B4110000 .271
Eddy Garabito, 2B3120100 .462
Danny Ardoin, C4000023 .167
Jeff Francis, P2000011 .040
    David Cortes, P0000000 .000
   a- Tim Olson, PH0000100 .000
    Matt Anderson, P0000000 .000
    Marcos Carvajal, P0000000 .000
    Bobby Seay, P0000000 .000
   b- J.D. Closser, PH1111000 .190
Totals3458451113 
a-walked for Cortes in the 7th
b-homered for Seay in the 9th
Batting
2B - Desi Relaford (8, Hernandez)
HR - J.D. Closser (2, Takatsu)
SH - Cory Sullivan (3)
RBI - Cory Sullivan (9), Desi Relaford (14), Todd Helton (24), J.D. Closser (12)
2-OUT RBI - Cory Sullivan (6), Desi Relaford (6)
SB - Cory Sullivan (4, 3rd base off Hernandez/Widger), Eddy Garabito (1, 2nd base off Vizcaino/Widger)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Dustan Mohr 1
DP - Atkins-Garabito-Helton, Atkins-Garabito-Helton, Mohr-Garabito-Helton
E - Garrett Atkins (5, wild throw)
Colorado Rockies
Jeff Francis (L,5-3) 61255220 5.24
David Cortes 1000000 3.86
Matt Anderson0453000 11.57
Marcos Carvajal 1211000 3.91
Bobby Seay 1444102 14.73
IBB - Konerko by Jeff Francis
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 100-62, David Cortes 6-5, Matt Anderson 14-9, Marcos Carvajal 20-13, Bobby Seay 29-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 7-4, David Cortes 2-1, Matt Anderson 1-0, Marcos Carvajal 1-2, Bobby Seay 1-2
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 27, David Cortes 3, Matt Anderson 5, Marcos Carvajal 5, Bobby Seay 8
Game Information
Attendance - 23268
Game Time - 3:26
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Ed Montague, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Paul Emmel