DENVER — The Chicago White Sox hit six home runs in a 15-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night at Coors Field.
Outfielder Avisail Garcia and first baseman Jose Abreu each hit two homers, and catcher Tyler Flowers and shortstop Alexei Ramirez added one apiece.
Abreu added a three-run shot to left field in the seventh inning off reliever Chadd Bettis to push the Sox lead to 7-2.
Garcia and Ramirez went back-to-back in the eighth inning before Abreu added his second homer later in the inning. The Sox scored six runs in the eighth to take a 13-2 lead.
The Sox had taken a 4-0 lead in the third inning on Dayan Viciedo’s sacrifice fly.
Michael Cuddyer hit a solo home run off Sox left-hander Jose Quintana in the fourth inning, and Troy Tulowitzki’s RBI double in the sixth cut the Sox lead to 4-2.
The Sox were trying to regroup from their biggest loss of the season when they took on the Rockies on Tuesday night.
The Sox suffered an 8-1 loss in the opener of the three-game interleague series with the Rockies on Monday, when starting right-hander Felipe Paulino lasted only 4 1/3 innings. Sox manager Robin Ventura said games “can get out of hand real quick” at Coors Field when pitchers aren’t doing well.
“Here you have to forget about last night real quick,” Ventura said. “It’s just a different place to play. For guys to come in here, what they are used to doesn’t really happen, so you forget about it, come back and play.”
Sox left-hander Jose Quintana will try for his first victory of the season after receiving a no decision in his first start against the Twins last week. He faces left-hander Franklin Morales.
Quintana gave up five runs – two earned – on five hits and three walks in six innings during his first outing.
“(He needs to) go out there and give us the bulk of the game,” pitching coach Don Cooper said of Quintana. “…Give us a chance to win, and he usually does that.”
Center fielder Adam Eaton will lead off, followed by second baseman Marcus Semien, first baseman Jose Abreu, left fielder Dayan Viciedo, third baseman Conor Gillaspie, right fielder Avisail Garcia, shortstop Alexei Ramirez, catcher Tyler Flowers and Quintana.