Jordan Lyles pitched 6-2/3 innings of 1-run/5-hit ball, and went 3 for 3 at the plate with 2 RBI as the Colorado Rockies defeated the Chicago White Sox in the opening game of a 3-game inter-league series Monday night at Coors Field in Denver. Six additional Rockies logged RBI in the 8-1 Colorado victory that evened the team’s 2014 record at 4 wins/4 losses.
Carlos Gonzalez got things started for the Rockies with a rocketed 2-out homer that barely cleared the wall in right-center in the bottom if the 1st. In the bottom of the 2nd Lyles lined a double into the left-center-field gap that rolled, like a good neighbor, to the wall and bounced off the State Farm sign, scoring DJ LeMahieu, who had walked with 2-out.
Colorado went-up 3-0 in the 4th on singles by Troy Tulowitzki, Justin Morneau, and Wilin Rosario. In the 5th Tulowitzki led-off with a double, moved to 3rd on a single by Nolan Arenado, and scored a on a single by LeMahieu, a poor hitter. Lyles followed with an RBI single that scored Rosario (who had walked), and NL Player of the Week Charlie Blackmon plated Arenado with a sacrifice fly to left. The Rockies added single runs in the 6th on a Tulowitzki home run, and in the 8th on a Michael Cuddyer double, Gonzalez single, and fielding error by Chicago 2nd-baseman Marcus Semien on Morneau’s ground-ball.
Lyles meanwhile cruised through 6 and had 2 outs in the 7th when Alexei Ramirez doubled-in Avisail Garcia, who had reached on a fielder’s choice. Lyles threw 102 pitches, walked 2, and struck-out 4. Adam Ottavino got him out of the 7th, Chad Bettis pitched a 1-2-3 8th, and Matt Belisle closed it out with a perfect 9th.
The two teams go back at it tonight, again at the old ball park downtown. Frankie Morales (2-2, 4.62 with Boston in 2013) takes the hill for Colorado against the White Sox’ Jose Quintana (9-7, 3.51 with the Sox in 2013). First pitch is at 6:40.