Chicago at Colorado

Rockies go wild in sixth inning to beat up White Sox wire reports

DENVER -- D.J. LeMahieu's bat upstaged his glove as the defensive specialist transformed into an offensive catalyst.

LeMahieu's two-run single broke a tie in a six-run eighth inning, sending the Colorado Rockies to a 10-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.

He finished with three hits, including an RBI double in the sixth that tied the game at 4.

Buoyed by his big day -- on an afternoon he was honored for his work in the field last season, no less -- LeMahieu helped the Rockies take two of three in the series.

"Felt good to come through," said LeMahieu, who drove in a career-high three runs.

Colorado broke open a tight game in the eighth with its biggest inning this season. Justin Morneau started the rally with a single off Scott Downs (0-2), who was pulled for reliever Ronald Belisario.

The Rockies sent 10 batters to the plate, and LeMahieu had a clutch hit to center. Pinch-hitter Josh Rutledge and Michael Cuddyer added run-scoring singles, while Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-run double down the line.

Rex Brothers (1-0) got two outs in the eighth to earn the win.

"Need to keep the momentum," Gonzalez said.

The momentum shifted in the sixth. Morneau led off with a double and hustled to third after left fielder Dayan Viciedo bobbled the ball on the warning track. Starter Erik Johnson retired the next two hitters and appeared he might escape the jam when LeMahieu lined a ball at right fielder Avisail Garcia.

Earlier in the game, Garcia robbed LeMahieu of a hit on a similar play. So LeMahieu figured Garcia would come up with this diving catch, too.

"Thought I was out," LeMahieu said.

Garcia leapt forward and had the ball in his glove, but when he landed, the ground jarred the ball loose, allowing Morneau to trot home with the tying run. Garcia stayed on the ground for several minutes with a jammed left shoulder before walking slowly to the dugout. The team said X-rays were negative for a fracture or a separation.

"Right now I have pain," said Garcia, who's scheduled for an MRI on Friday.

Chicago didn't ask for a video review to determine whether Garcia possibly held the ball long enough for an out.

"You really have to have a positive view of whether it was a catch," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "You have to have the glove around the ball to be a catch."

Chicago's bullpen melted down, giving up six runs in 2 1/3 innings. Belisario gave up five of the runs in the inning, then left with tightness in his back.

"He got the ground balls. But they just kept finding the holes," Ventura said. "And it kept going, kept going after that."

After struggling in the first two weeks of the season, Jose Abreu heated up at hitter-friendly Coors Field, where he almost wound up.

Abreu was 2 for 4 with a double on Wednesday. He had four hits in the series, including his first two homers of the season. The Rockies made a strong push to obtain the Cuban slugger in October before he signed a $68 million, six-year contract with Chicago.

Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Abreu was as good as advertised: "All the reports were this guy is a legitimate middle of the order bat. I think we saw that."

Before the game, the Rockies recalled Rutledge from Triple-A Colorado Springs, giving the team a backup for shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who has been bothered by tightness in his right quadriceps. Weiss gave Tulowitzki the day off just so he's not "run into the ground this early."

To make room on the roster, Colorado optioned struggling right-handed reliever Wilton Lopez to Colorado Springs. Lopez has an 11.37 ERA in four games.


The White Sox open a seven-game homestand on Thursday against Cleveland, with LHP John Danks (0-0) slated to take the mound. ... 3B Conor Gillaspie had a two-run single for Chicago in the fifth. ... The Rockies have their first day off of the season Thursday before opening a three-game series in San Francisco. ... Weiss is hoping RHP Tyler Chatwood (hamstring) will be ready to rejoin the rotation on Sunday when he's eligible to come off the DL.

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Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
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Marcus Semien, 2B4110022 .244
Jose Abreu, 1B4020002 .278
Dayan Viciedo, LF-RF4000034 .316
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RBI - Adam Eaton (6), Conor Gillaspie 2 (4), Tyler Flowers (5)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Eaton (3), Conor Gillaspie 2 (2)
SB - Marcus Semien (2, 2nd base off Nicasio/Rosario)
Team LOB - 5
E - Dayan Viciedo (1, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
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Maikel Cleto 1.1000130 0.00
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Ronald Belisario 0.1555000 15.75
Jake Petricka 0.2100000 1.80
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Pitches-Strikes - Erik Johnson 107-61, Maikel Cleto 22-17, Scott Downs 3-3, Ronald Belisario 16-11, Jake Petricka 6-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erik Johnson 7-4, Ronald Belisario 1-0, Jake Petricka 2-0
Batters Faced - Erik Johnson 26, Maikel Cleto 5, Scott Downs 1, Ronald Belisario 6, Jake Petricka 3
Colorado Rockies
Charlie Blackmon, CF-RF5231000 .471
Michael Cuddyer, RF-1B4112120 .415
Carlos Gonzalez, LF5132011 .389
Wilin Rosario, C5010013 .233
Justin Morneau, 1B2120100 .387
   Drew Stubbs, PR-CF1100001 .154
Nolan Arenado, 3B4121003 .231
Charlie Culberson, SS3000013 .063
DJ LeMahieu, 2B4233000 .286
Juan Nicasio, P2000011 .000
   Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
   a-Brandon Barnes, PH1000011 .214
   Adam Ottavino, P0000000 .000
   Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
   b-Josh Rutledge, PH11110001.000
   LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
   Boone Logan, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Belisle in the 6th
b-singled for Brothers in the 8th
2B - Carlos Gonzalez (3, Petricka), Justin Morneau (2, Johnson), DJ LeMahieu (1, Johnson)
3B - Charlie Blackmon (1, Johnson)
SH - Charlie Culberson (1)
RBI - Charlie Blackmon (8), Michael Cuddyer 2 (10), Carlos Gonzalez 2 (11), Nolan Arenado (7), DJ LeMahieu 3 (6), Josh Rutledge (1)
2-OUT RBI - Charlie Blackmon (4), Nolan Arenado (3), DJ LeMahieu (2)
SB - DJ LeMahieu (1, 2nd base off Johnson/Flowers)
CS - Charlie Blackmon (2, 2nd base by Johnson/Flowers)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Culberson-LeMahieu-Morneau
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Batters Faced - Juan Nicasio 24, Matt Belisle 3, Adam Ottavino 4, Rex Brothers 2, LaTroy Hawkins 2, Boone Logan 1
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Attendance - 22745
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Al Porter