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White Sox slip past Rockies

Jun 30, 2011 - 5:33 AM Denver, CO (Sports Network) - A.J. Pierzynski's sacrifice fly in the ninth brought home the game-winner as the Chicago White Sox took a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies in the second of a three-game set.

Huston Street (0-2) was on the mound to start the inning, and Carlos Quentin led off with a single and moved to third on a Paul Konerko single. After Alexei Ramirez swung at a pitch in the dirt to strike out, Pierzynski hit a short fly ball to right.

Seth Smith came up with the catch on the run and made a strong throw to the plate, but it short-hopped and Chris Iannetta was unable to come up with the ball as the White Sox took a 3-2 lead.

"It was a big run and I was getting ready for a collision," said Quentin of the play. "It was a tough hop for him and I saw it bounce up and go through his hands. We caught a break there."

Sergio Santos then pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to lock down his 16th save of the season.

Pierzynski drove in two runs while Quentin scored twice for the White Sox, who had dropped their previous two. Brian Burney (1-0) got the win for getting the final two outs of the eighth while starter Mark Buehrle went seven innings and was charged with two runs on seven hits.

Carlos Gonzalez went 3-for-4 while Ty Wigginton and Jason Giambi each hit a solo home run for the Rockies, who have dropped four of their last five. Ublado Jimenez went seven innings and was charged with two runs on four hits.

"It's a tough game to lose cause we played very competitively," said Rockies manager Jim Tracy. "But these little things that I'm talking about will always kill you. You have to capitalize on the opportunities you're given."

The White Sox plated two runs in the fourth to take the lead. Juan Pierre led off with a walk and Quentin was hit by a pitch. Konerko then singled home one run and Pierzynski later doubled home Quentin for a 2-0 lead.

Giambi hit a solo home run in the sixth, his ninth of the year, to get Colorado on the board while Wigginton did the same in the seventh to tie the game.

The Rockies loaded the bases in the eighth with one out, but Wigginton grounded into a double play to end the frame.

Game Notes

Chicago improved to 8-6 in interleague play this season while the Rockies fell to 6-5...Colorado went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and stranded six runners...Aaron Cook pitches for Colorado on Thursday while Jake Peavy tosses the ball for Chicago.