DENVER, CO - JUNE 30: Juan Pierre #1, Alex Rios #51 and Brent Lillibridge #18 of the Chicago White Sox celebrate their 6-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies in 10 innings during Interleague play at Coors Field on June 30, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Bats Come Alive Late, Lead Sox To Series Win Over Rockies

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Sox Win Series Finale In 10th

The White Sox used on a lineup on Thursday that probably left many Sox (40-42) fans scratching their heads. A team that has struggled scoring runs gave days off to Paul Konerko, Carlos Quentin, and A.J. Pierzynski who have been three of their better hitters all season. Things even looked worse when the Sox fell behind 3-0 in the first inning. The Sox were able to rebound and win the series with Colorado after a 6-4 win Thursday in the series finale.

Jake Peavy shook off a rough first inning to give the Sox a quality start. Peavy went six innings and gave up four runs on seven hits.

The offensive stars for the Sox Thursday were Gordon Beckham and Juan Pierre. Beckham had three hits and had a hand in the first three runs for the Sox while Pierre tied the game in the eighth and had the game winning hit in the 10th.

Jesse Crain earned the win for the Sox to improve his record to 4-2 on the season. Sergio Santos pitched a perfect 10th to earn his 17th save of the season.

Rockies (39-42) starter Aaron Cook went six innings and didn’t figure in on the decision. Cook gave up just one run, but gave up five hits and four walks in his six innings of work. Clayton Mortensen picked up the loss for Colorado dropping his record to 2-4 on the season.

The Sox return to Chicago for round two of the Crosstown Classic this time at Wrigley Field. First game of the series is Friday afternoon.

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Jake Peavy Tries To Lead White Sox To Series Victory

We've just about hit the midpoint of the season, and Adam Dunn is on pace to have 14 home runs. That's less than half of his normal clip, and there seems to be no end in sight. Never the less, Dunn will get another start on Thursday at Colorado as the White Sox look to Jake Peavy to help them grab another series victory.

Peavy, at 4-1 with a 4.23 ERA and 1.02 WHIP, has been largely excellent since he returned from the DL in mid-May, with only one truly poor start. In his career against Colorado, Peavy is 4-6 with a 3.81 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. Todd Helton and Troy Tulowitzki have both hit Peavy well over their careers. Helton has a .326 career average against Peavy with three home runs, while Tulo has a .333 average with one double and one triple.

Pitching for the Rockies will be Aaron Cook. Cook has been mediocre thus far in the 2011 season and is 0-3 with a 5.48 ERA and 1.74 WHIP. In his last game, against the Yankees, he gave up six runs (five earned) on twelve hits over just 5.2 innings of work. He's only started one game against the White Sox in his career, during which he gave up three runs on ten hits over 6.0 innings.

The weather in Denver is forecast to be clear and hot, with a game time temperature in the upper 80's to low 90's. First pitch is at 2:10 P.M., CDT, and the game will be televised on CSN and ROOT Sports.

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