White Sox spot Rockies lead, then score 11 unanswered runs in win

Paul DeJong finished 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs, helping lead the Chicago White Sox to an 11-3 win over the visiting Colorado Rockies on Saturday.

DeJong’s homer was one of four for Chicago, as Lenyn Sosa, Luis Robert Jr. and Korey Lee all launched home runs. The White Sox matched a season-best fourth straight win.

Colorado’s Brendan Rodgers tallied two hits, including a solo home run, as the Rockies dropped their fifth straight.

Rodgers launched his fifth homer of the year in the top of the second, a solo shot to left field off Chicago starter Jonathan Cannon to give Colorado a 1-0 lead.

Still leading 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth, Rockies starter Cal Quantrill struck out Robert and Gavin Sheets for his fifth and sixth strikeouts, before retiring Andrew Vaughn on a groundout to end the inning.

Rodgers led off the top of the fifth with a walk, followed by Michael Toglia’s groundout. Nolan Jones then hit a two-run, 363-foot homer to right field, giving Colorado a 3-0 advantage.

Chicago’s Nicky Lopez laced a one-out double in the bottom of the fifth. Two batters later, Sosa connected on his third homer of the season, trimming Chicago’s deficit to 3-2.

Cannon retired the first two batters in the top of the sixth, before Ezequiel Tovar singled, chasing the Chicago starting pitcher after 5 2/3 innings of three-run, three-hit ball. He also struck out three and walked one. Tanner Banks (2-2) threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief.

Robert tied the game in the bottom of the sixth with a leadoff homer, his ninth blast of the season. Quantrill then struck out Sheets and hit Vaughn with a pitch, before surrendering his third homer of the game — a two-run shot from DeJong — his 15th. Quantrill (6-6) then was pulled for Nick Mears after five runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings pitched. Quantrill struck out eight and walked none.

Jalen Beeks replaced Mears for the bottom of the eighth. Mears walked Robert and Eloy Jimenez singled before Vaughn gave Chicago a 6-3 lead with an RBI single. DeJong then drove in the seventh Chicago run with another RBI single.

Riley Pint relieved Beeks. The fourth Colorado pitcher allowed a three-run homer to Lee, blowing open the Chicago lead. The final Chicago run came on Pint’s wild pitch, as the White Sox finished with 11 unanswered runs.

–Field Level Media