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White Sox 3, Rockies 1: Rockies come up short as young lefties duel

Drew Pomeranz pitches well but Rockies fall short

Chris Volstad threw two innings of scoreless relief in the Rockies' 3-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
Chris Volstad threw two innings of scoreless relief in the Rockies' 3-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

For about five innings, this game almost felt like it was a regular season contest, with Rockies lefty Drew Pomeranz locked in a pitchers' duel with the White Sox' Chris Sale.

Pomeranz pitched four innings, allowing two runs on four hits while walking two and striking out three. He allowed a run in the second on a solo home run by Paul Konerko and one in the third when Gordon Beckham's RBI single scored Angel Sanchez, who had led off the inning with a triple. The third was looking like a big inning for the White Sox until Jordan Danks was wiped off of third base on a clever pickoff play executed by Yorvit Torrealba and Nolan Arenado for the first out of the inning.

Sale, meanwhile, looked worth every penny of the five year, $32.5 million contract extension he recently signed with Chicago. He allowed just one run and three hits in five innings of work. He also struck out a pair. The only run he allowed was on a Torrealba solo shot to lead off the sixth.

Down 3-1 in the ninth, Ben Paulsen led off with a single against the White Sox' Ramon Troncoso, but Corey Dickerson grounded into a double play and Reid Brignac flew out to end the game.

Right-hander Chris Volstad had another solid outing, throwing two solid innings in relief of Pomeranz, and Rex Brothers struck out two in his lone inning of work.

The Rockies' bats could only muster five hits against Sale and Chicago's three relievers, two of them coming off the bat of Michael Cuddyer.

The Rockies will be back to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick tomorrow to face the Arizona Diamondbacks. Tyler Chatwood is scheduled to start with veteran Miguel Batista among those in relief. First pitch is at 2:10 Mountain Daylight Time.