DENVER – It wasn’t looking good, but the White Sox delivered in the clutch to beat the Rockies 6-4 and take two of three in the interleague series.
How it happened: Juan Pierre knocked in three runs, including a clutch two-run hit off the top of the wall in right field in the 10th inning. Jake Peavy hung in there without his best fastball for six innings and the bullpen took care of the rest. The White Sox had Rockies starter Aaron Cook on the ropes all day, but couldn’t deliver. They scored five of their six runs off the Rockies bullpen.
What it means: Juan Pierre was all business in clutch situations Thursday, a far cry from how the White Sox have been handling key moments for much of the season. He had a sacrifice fly in a two-run eighth inning, before his two RBI with one out in the ninth. The most obvious sign he was locked in: his sacrifice fly went to left and he yanked his two-run hit to right.
Outside the box: Adam Dunn did hit into two double plays, but he also didn’t strike out for the first time since June 18. It was just the fourth time in June that Dunn didn’t strike out in a game and in one of those games he was just pinch hitting.
Up next: White Sox right-hander Edwin Jackson (4-6, 4.13 ERA) will pitch in the opener of a three-game series at Wrigley Field, as the Cubs counter with right-hander Randy Wells (1-2, 6.25). It’s a 1:20 p.m. start.