White Sox 6, Rockies 4(10)

Known as a punch hitter, Juan Pierre showed he has some pop,


The light-hitting outfielder laced a tiebreaking, two-run single

off the wall in the 10th inning, helping the Chicago White Sox

rally for a 6-4 win over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday.

For his power surge, Pierre credits an earlier sacrifice fly. He

successfully lifted the ball to left in the eighth to bring home

the tying run.

Two innings later, he took it a step further by launching the


”I ended up hitting it pretty good,” Pierre said,


With the bases loaded in the 10th, Pierre, who’s regarded for

his speed more than his power, turned on a pitch from Clayton

Mortensen (2-4) that hit off the top of the wall in right.

The ball was hit so hard and on such a line that the runners

held up on the bases, limiting Pierre to a single.

And while he didn’t think the ball was going to leave the park,

Pierre figured, especially with his wheels, it was good enough for

more than a single.

Not that he’s complaining.

A.J. Pierzynski and Gordon Beckham scored on the play as the

White Sox took two of three from the Rockies in the series. It was

the ninth straight interleague series Chicago has won on the


Sergio Santos pitched a perfect 10th for his 17th save in 19

chances. Jesse Crain (4-2) picked up the win by getting the last

two outs in the ninth.

The three-game series was tightly contested, with the Rockies

winning 3-2 in 13 innings on Tuesday, the White Sox taking the

second game 3-2 with a run in the ninth Wednesday and then Pierre

coming up big for the White Sox on Thursday.

”He’s one of the players we need the most,” White Sox manager

Ozzie Guillen said of Pierre. ”He’s starting to swing the bat


Trailing 4-2 heading into the eighth, the White Sox rallied for

two runs off Rockies reliever Matt Lindstrom. Beckham had an RBI

single and Pierre later drove in the tying run with the sacrifice


Beckham finished with three hits, including a solo homer in the


Troy Tulowitzki hit a three-run homer in the first for Colorado

and Todd Helton played in his 2,000th game.

But this loss dampened the milestone moment for the longtime

Rockies first baseman.

”It’s one of those games we should’ve won,” Helton said.

”Could’ve won a series right there – let one get away.”

Chicago’s Jake Peavy only made one major mistake all afternoon,

leaving a pitch up to Tulowitzki in the opening inning after the

two engaged in quite a showdown.

On the 12th pitch of the at-bat, Tulowitzki crushed an 89-mph

fastball from Peavy over the fence in center for a three-run


”Troy, you’ve got to give credit where credit is due. He fouled

off some good pitches,” Peavy said. ”He waited around and got a

pitch he could do some damage with.”

Peavy scattered seven hits over six innings and allowed four

runs in the no-decision. The righty is 13-8 with a 3.01 ERA

lifetime in interleague games.

This was Peavy’s third appearance since coming off the disabled

list last week with a strained groin. Peavy pitched in relief in

his last outing, throwing four scoreless innings to pick up the win

against Washington last Saturday. It was the first relief stint of

his career.

Aaron Cook found the form that made him Colorado’s all-time

winningest pitcher, giving up five hits and one run before being

pulled for a pinch-hitter in the sixth. He’s still searching for

his first win since last September as the bullpen couldn’t hold a

late lead.

The sinkerball specialist enticed the White Sox to hit into

three double plays, allowing him wiggle out of several jams.

Cook struggled with his command in the second as he walked three

in the inning, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch that allowed a

runner to score. But he escaped further damage by getting Pierre to

ground out with the bases loaded.

”The second inning was a little rushed and I couldn’t find my

release point,” Cook explained. ”After that, I settled down and

got back to what I do: Let them put the ball in play and let our

defense work.”

Moments before the game, the Rockies acquired veteran second

baseman Mark Ellis from Oakland to revamp their infield. He’s

expected to be available Friday night against Kansas City.

The Rockies are hoping he can provide some consistency at

second. The team has used Chris Nelson, Jonathan Herrera, Eric

Young Jr. and Jose Lopez, who’s now gone.

”I think the message with this acquisition of a veteran, proven

major league player is there’s no scholarship program here,”

Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. ”This is not a feel-good


NOTES: Guillen doesn’t expect any setbacks with LHP John Danks,

who went on the DL Sunday with a strained oblique. ”As soon as he

throws, we’ll will see how we’re going to work with him,” Guillen

said. … The Rockies sent minor league RHP Bruce Billings and a

player to be named to Oakland for the 34-year-old Ellis and cash.

… Helton tipped his cap in the sixth when the crowd gave him a

standing ovation for reaching the 2,000-game plateau.

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