White Sox break out the bats in blowout win over Rockies

White Sox break out the bats in blowout win over Rockies
April 8, 2014, 10:45 pm
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DENVER -- The White Sox future looks a whole lot brighter after Tuesday night.

About 1,544 feet brighter.

Jose Abreu blasted the first two home runs of his career and Avisail Garcia matched him for the White Sox, who homered six times in a 15-3 win over the Colorado Rockies in front of 25,393 at Coors Field.

Abreu’s first home run, a three-run shot that just got over the fence in left field, ended a 12-pitch at-bat in the seventh inning against Colorado’s Chad Bettis and set off an offensive explosion as the White Sox scored 11 times over the final three frames on the strength of four home runs.

The outpouring of offense included a hit from every starting position player and helped the White Sox bounce back from their worst loss of the young season. It also made an easy winner of Jose Quintana, who pitched seven strong innings.

Everybody hit tonight,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “You like seeing (them) putting yesterday behind you and play for today. They’ve been good at doing that so far.”

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The White Sox have to feel pretty good about their future after the Youth Movement on 35th Street had its biggest performance to date.

Rookie second baseman Marcus Semien finally had the results tip in his favor with a career-high four hits, two RBIs, a walk and a steal. Leadoff man Adam Eaton also reached base five times while Garcia broke out of an early slump with a 4-for-5, three-RBI game. He also a hit robbed by the Rockies’ Gold Glove winning third baseman Nolan Arenado in the sixth inning.

But perhaps the biggest development was the breakthrough by Abreu, who at the end of a strong first week had gone 0-for-11 before his homer off Bettis, one that just got over the glove of left fielder Brandon Barnes. Included in Abreu’s hitless stretch was a fifth-inning pop out to shortstop with runners on second and third and one out after Eaton and Semien combined on a double steal.

We should never press,” Abreu said through team translator Lino Diaz. “I always give myself a little time to do things. It was a good day today.”

Abreu’s second blast was a no-doubter off Wilton Lopez, a two-run homer in the eighth that bounced off the back wall of the bullpen in right-center field, to put the White Sox ahead by 11.

Both Garcia and Alexei Ramirez had solo home runs ahead of Abreu’s second homer and Garcia added an RBI single before the six-run inning was complete. The four hits marked a career-high for Garcia, who had a 4-for-24 start to the season. He credited early work with hitting coach Todd Steverson and watching video for his performance.

“I was trying to do too much,” Garcia said. “Right now, it’s better. I’ve got to keep working hard and have got to do something for my team.”

Tyler Flowers also continued his hot start with a two-run homer, his first of the season, and a single in four at-bats.

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The six homers were the most by the White Sox since June 24, 2009 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was also the first time the White Sox have had two players finish with two home runs in the same game since Juan Uribe and Paul Konerko did it on June 8, 2004.

The late surge lifted Quintana to a well-deserved victory. The left-hander, whose 28 no decisions are the most in the majors since the start of 2012, got ahead of a hot Rockies lineup all evening and kept them under wraps.

Aside from a solo homer by Michael Cuddyer and an RBI double by Troy Tulowitzki, Quintana, who last month signed a five-year extension that could keep him in town through 2020, was outstanding. He allowed two earned runs and five hits and only left the game because of the team’s extended rally in the top of the eighth.

“I’m excited for my first win,” Quintana said. “It was really big support. … This team is better now with more hitters than last year. We didn’t have a lot of runs but I don’t have control about that. I want to keep the game close and do my job. When you have support from the hitters it’s better for you.”