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Wigginton, Rockies drop White Sox via walk-off in 13th

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DENVER -- Ty Wigginton didn't exactly clobber the ball. He got enough of it to produce the game-winning hit, though.

Wigginton blooped a single with two outs in the 13th inning to score Troy Tulowitzki all the way from first base and push the Colorado Rockies past the Chicago White Sox 3-2 on Tuesday night.

"You'd never guess that it would end with a blooper and a guy on first base, but that's a tribute to Tulo running hard and playing the game the right way, and [third base coach] Richie Dauer having the guts to send him there," Wigginton said.

Tulowitzki, who drew a one-out walk from Will Ohman (0-1), took off as Wigginton's flare dropped in shallow center field among three charging White Sox players. Center fielder Brent Lillibridge was playing especially deep to guard against an extra-base hit.

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"When you hit a ball like that, you're not expecting it to exactly fall in, but when I saw where the outfielder was, and in this park when you're playing for no doubles, stuff can fall in, and that's exactly what happened," Wigginton said. "It's a 'W,' and that's all that matters. We found a way to scratch it out."

Lillibridge said he had a long run to the ball and couldn't get there in time.

"We're playing no doubles at one of the biggest ballparks in this league," he said. "To see he bloops it right in there behind second base -- the first thing I'm doing is sprinting in there but I can't go on a barehand sprint and miss the ball, so I made sure to get it. It was a good call by the third-base coach, because he knew I had to break down and get the ball. He knew where we were playing.

"It's just a weird, weird play that I've never seen or definitely haven't been a part of."

It was the Rockies' first victory in five extra-inning games this season.

Rex Brothers (1-0), the Rockies' seventh pitcher, worked a hitless 13th to pick up his first major-league victory and help Colorado snap its three-game losing streak.

"We definitely needed a win like that," said Todd Helton, who played in his 1,999th career game. "Hopefully, it will be a momentum-builder."

The White Sox, making their first appearance in Colorado since 2005, fell to 4-8 in extra-inning games this season.

"That was the worst game we played all year long, to me," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We don't take opportunities over and over and over and over. When you do that, the baseball gods get you."

Colorado came close to breaking the deadlock in the bottom of the 12th. Charlie Blackmon blooped a single off Jesse Crain to start the inning and was sacrificed to second by Chris Iannetta. Ohman relieved Crain to face pinch-hitter Jason Giambi, who grounded out to first, with Blackmon taking third. Carlos Gonzalez was intentionally walked before Ohman fanned Chris Nelson to end the threat.

Starting pitchers Gavin Floyd of the White Sox and Jason Hammel of the Rockies each had a solid outing, with both going seven innings and allowing two runs.

Seth Smith, whose RBI single forged the game's first tie in the fourth, had a sacrifice fly in the sixth to even the score again at 2.

The White Sox regained the lead 2-1 in the fifth on Juan Pierre's run-scoring single but missed a chance to build a bigger cushion. With the bases loaded and one out, Carlos Quentin hit into an inning-ending double play.

Not that the Rockies were able to take advantage in their half of the fifth. Hammel reached second base with two outs when center fielder Alex Rios dropped a tailing flyball for an error. Subsequently, Floyd got Gonzalez to ground out. The White Sox made a defensive change in the bottom of the seventh, replacing Rios with Lillibridge.

Chicago took a 1-0 lead on Alexei Ramirez's home run in the second inning.

Notes

  • Guillen said Adam Dunn, the team's primary DH, would play Thursday at either first base or a corner outfield position.
  • Rockies pitcher Esmil Rogers, on the DL since May 7, was scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday in an attempt to get his rehab back on track. Rogers, who last pitched for the Rockies on May 1, was making his second rehab start while recovering from a right lat strain when he developed a strained left intercostal muscle June 14, forcing a halt to his rehab program.
  • The Rockies and White Sox met for the seventh time, the fewest games the Rockies have played against any major-league opponent.
 
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Ty Wigginton gets a proper greeting after he delivers the Rockies' game-ending hit with two outs in the 13th inning.  (AP)
Ty Wigginton gets a proper greeting after he delivers the Rockies' game-ending hit with two outs in the 13th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

S. Smith
AB 5
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Chicago

J. Pierre
AB 6
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF6031000 .256
Brent Morel, 3B4010102 .253
    Matt Thornton, P0000000 .000
    Jesse Crain, P0000000 .000
    Mark Teahen, 3B1000000 .208
Carlos Quentin, RF5010102 .257
Paul Konerko, 1B5000003 .318
Alexei Ramirez, SS5111002 .282
A.J. Pierzynski, C5000012 .290
Alex Rios, CF3000000 .221
    Brent Lillibridge, CF2000010 .264
Gordon Beckham, 2B5120000 .229
Gavin Floyd, P1000100 .000
    Chris Sale, P0000000 .000
   a- Omar Vizquel, PH-3B2000010 .271
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
Totals4428233  
a-struck out for Sale in the 10th
Batting
2B - Juan Pierre (7, Hammel), Carlos Quentin (23, Hammel)
HR - Alexei Ramirez (7, Hammel)
SH - Gavin Floyd (1)
RBI - Juan Pierre (17), Alexei Ramirez (36)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - A. Ramirez-Beckham-Konerko
E - Alex Rios (2, Dropped fly)
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gavin Floyd 7622200 4.19
Chris Sale 2100010 3.86
Matt Thornton 1100010 3.72
Jesse Crain 1.1100010 2.75
Will Ohman (L,0-1) 1.1111220 5.06
IBB - C. Gonzalez by Will Ohman
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 94-61, Chris Sale 20-14, Matt Thornton 13-8, Jesse Crain 15-11, Will Ohman 31-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 10-11, Chris Sale 2-2, Matt Thornton 2-0, Jesse Crain 1-2, Will Ohman 1-1
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 29, Chris Sale 6, Matt Thornton 4, Jesse Crain 5, Will Ohman 7
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Carlos Gonzalez, CF5020111 .285
Chris Nelson, 2B6110015 .228
Todd Helton, 1B5120110 .306
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4100202 .272
Seth Smith, RF5012012 .307
Ty Wigginton, 3B6011014 .267
Charlie Blackmon, LF5020000 .286
Chris Iannetta, C4000000 .224
Jason Hammel, P2000000 .148
   a- Eric Young Jr., PH1010000 .234
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
    Matt Reynolds, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Spilborghs, PH1000000 .232
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
   c- Jason Giambi, PH1000001 .257
    Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
Totals45310345  
a-hit a bunt single for Hammel in the 7th
b-grounded out for M. Reynolds in the 10th
c-grounded out for Lindstrom in the 12th
Batting
SF - Seth Smith (3)
SH - Chris Iannetta (1)
RBI - Seth Smith 2 (35), Ty Wigginton (33)
2-OUT RBI - Seth Smith (15), Ty Wigginton (10)
CS - Charlie Blackmon (1, 2nd base by Sale/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Tulowitzki-Nelson-Helton, Tulowitzki-Nelson-Helton
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jason Hammel 7622201 4.02
Matt Belisle 1100000 2.21
Huston Street 1000020 3.44
Matt Reynolds 1100010 3.55
Rafael Betancourt 1000100 4.31
Matt Lindstrom 1000000 2.56
Rex Brothers (W,1-0) 1000000 4.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 82-52, Matt Belisle 16-11, Huston Street 12-9, Matt Reynolds 16-12, Rafael Betancourt 12-5, Matt Lindstrom 10-9, Rex Brothers 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 12-7, Matt Belisle 1-2, Huston Street 1-0, Matt Reynolds 1-1, Matt Lindstrom 2-1, Rex Brothers 2-1
Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 27, Matt Belisle 4, Huston Street 3, Matt Reynolds 4, Rafael Betancourt 4, Matt Lindstrom 3, Rex Brothers 3
Game Information
Attendance - 40175
Game Time - 3:47
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Victor Carapazza