Rockies rout White Sox 12-4
DENVER — Nolan Arenado homered and drove in five runs, German Marquez tossed seven strong innings and had two hits, and the Colorado Rockies’ slumbering offense awoke in a 12-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.
Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu also went deep as Colorado broke out of prolonged slump. The Rockies banged out a season-high 17 hits and were 7 of 14 with runners in scoring position. They hit just .226 and .216 with runners in scoring position while losing 12 of their previous 15.
Arenado, Blackmon and Gerardo Parra, who was activated from the disabled list before the game, all had three hits.
Marquez (6-4) cruised through six innings before allowing Tim Anderson’s 451-foot two-run homer in the seventh. He allowed three runs and nine hits, struck out five and didn’t walk a batter while tossing a season-high 102 pitches.
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Chicago’s Derek Holland (5-9) gave up seven runs and eight hits in just four innings in his first career start at Coors Field. The first seven Rockies reached base against him in a four-run first inning.
Colorado added two more runs in the second when Marquez led off with a double and scored on LeMahieu’s fourth homer of the season. Blackmon hit his 19th, a solo shot in the fourth, to make it 7-1.
Marquez led off the sixth with a single and Arenado connected for his 16th off reliever Chris Beck to make it 10-1. Arenado added a two-run double off David Robertson in the eighth.
White Sox: OF Avisail Garcia was out of the lineup with a jammed right middle finger suffered in the three-game series against the Oakland A’s earlier this week. Manager Rick Renteria said Garcia, the team’s lone All-Star, is day to day. “It’s going to get better,” Garcia said. “See how it is (Saturday) and play on Sunday.”
Rockies: C Ryan Hanigan was a late scratch from the lineup with a strained muscle in his upper back. … RHP Chad Bettis will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Hartford on Thursday. He will throw two innings or 30 pitches in his road back from testicular cancer. He threw to live hitters Friday and is scheduled to a side session Sunday. … Parra missed a month with a right quadriceps strain.
White Sox: LHP Jose Quintana (4-8, 4.45 ERA) is 0-1 with an 8.74 ERA in two interleague starts this season. He won his only start at Coors Field on April 8, 2014.
Rockies: RHP Jeff Hoffman (5-1, 4.01 ERA) will make his interleague debut against Chicago today. Hoffman won his last start, against Cincinnati on Monday.
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