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Rockies hit back at White Sox with 6-run eighth

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DENVER -- With a succession of singles and one double, the Colorado Rockies scored six runs in the eighth inning to beat the Chicago White Sox 10-4 in the rubber game of their three-game series on Wednesday.

The rally was payback for Chicago's six-run eruption in the eighth inning on Tuesday night that included three home runs.

The Rockies parlayed a succession of ground balls into a victory that completed their first homestand of the season with four wins in six games.

Colorado's big inning began when Chicago reliever Scott Downs allowed a single to first baseman Justin Morneau, the only batter he faced. Setup man Ronald Belisario came in and bore the brunt of the Rockies' outburst, giving up five singles in one-third of an inning before leaving with lower back tightness.

Belisario gave way to reliever Jake Petricka, who yielded a two-run double to Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez.

Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu singled home the first two runs in the eighth and finished the game with a career-best three RBIs.

"We talk about DJ being a winning player and I think that was on display today -- no situation is too big for him," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "No situation is too big for him."

Belisario had trouble finishing his pitches. He lay on the floor of the clubhouse after the game while a member of the White Sox's training staff stretched his back.

"I'll be fine," Belisario said. "I'll be ready to go tomorrow."

The White Sox tied the score at 4 in the sixth. Morneau led off with a double that sailed over the head of left fielder Dayan Viciedo, allowing him to reach third. LeMahieu followed with an RBI double on a low liner that a diving right fielder Avisail Garcia failed to catch and jammed his left shoulder in the process.

"I didn't catch it," Belisario said. "When I touch the ground with my hand, it fell out. I feel the bone in my shoulder (go) like crack, crack."

Garcia left the game and underwent preliminary X-rays that were negative for a fracture, separation or dislocation. He will undergo an MRI and be re-evaluated Thursday in Chicago.

"Hopefully, I'm going to be in the field soon," Garcia said. "I feel right now a lot of pain, sore too. Let's see what happen tomorrow."

The White Sox took a 4-3 lead in the fifth, thanks to third baseman Conor Gillespie's two-run single with two out.

Both starting pitchers labored but avoided major damage. White Sox rookie Erik Johnson gave up four runs in 5 1/3 innings, throwing 107 pitches and just 61 strikes. Rockies starter Juan Nicasio threw 95 pitches in five innings and allowed four runs.

"Yeah, Juan didn't have his 'A' game," LeMahieu said. "But I thought he pitched really well, kept us in the game. We were lucky to pounce on some mistakes by their pitchers."

NOTES: The Rockies recalled IF Josh Rutledge from Triple-A Colorado Springs and optioned RHP Wilton Lopez to the minors. Lopez had an 11.37 ERA in four games and gave up eight hits, including three home runs, and six runs in two-thirds of an inning on Tuesday. Rutledge hit .389 (7-for-18) with one homer and four RBIs in five games for Colorado Springs. ... Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki was not in the lineup. He has been dealing with a slight strain in his right quadriceps. ... White Sox 2B Marcus Semien and SS Avisail Garcia each had four hits on Tuesday. According to STATS LLC, the last time the White Sox had two players 23 or younger have four or more hits in the same game was April 20, 1980, when Harold Baines (21 years old) and Harry Chappas (22) each had four hits. The last time any team had two players 23 or younger get four or more hits in the same game was Sept. 19, 2000, when Luis Rivas (21 years old) and Cristian Guzman (22) each had four hits for the Minnesota Twins. Semien's four hits were the most by a White Sox rookie since Jerry Owens had five hits on Sept. 22, 2007, against the Twins. ... White Sox C Adrian Nieto ended up with a double and his first major league hit as the result of a scoring change on a play in the fifth inning on Saturday at Kansas City.

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