Abreu goes deep for first time in loss to Rockies

Flowers hits two-run homer; Danks works 4 2/3

Abreu goes deep for first time in loss to Rockies

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- In a battle of big innings, the Rockies won out with a 7-6 victory over the White Sox on Tuesday at Camelback Ranch.

Colorado scored six runs in the fifth off of John Danks and Matt Albers, with three of those runs being earned, to counter Chicago, which scored five unearned runs in the fourth off of Jordan Lyles.

Wilin Rosario had two hits and an RBI, while Cristhian Adames added two hits for the Rockies.

Rosario's RBI single

Gordon Beckham drove in two runs during the fourth with a double, and Tyler Flowers followed with a two-run homer for the White Sox. Jose Abreu added his first spring homer in the fifth, connecting on a 3-0 pitch from Jairo Diaz.


That one's going to leave a mark: The White Sox are trying to get through Spring Training healthy, as well as prepared for what they hope is a prosperous 2015 campaign. But a few of those players might be nursing bruises thanks to Lyles' wildness on Tuesday. Lyles hit Adam Eaton to start the game, and then hit Melky Cabrera and Abreu on back-to-back pitches in the fourth. Cabrera, who wasn't pleased with the HBP, and Abreu scored.

Cabrera gets hit by a pitch

Flowers goes deep: Entering Tuesday's contest, Flowers had two singles and one double in 27 Cactus League at-bats. The White Sox starting catcher launched his first homer and picked up his first spring RBIs.

Flowers' long two-run homer

A little help from left field: The Rockies benefitted from some rough play in left from Cabrera, who let Matt McBride's single with two on squirt past him for one error, then dropped Rafael Ynoa's fly ball one batter later during the Rockes' big inning.

Two Rox score on single, error

Making his bid: Right-hander Christian Bergman, with an outside shot at a rotation spot to open the season, pitched four scoreless innings and twice worked around leadoff hits. He gave up an Alexei Ramirez leadoff single in the sixth, but picked him off and was otherwise unscathed. Cabrera doubled to start the eighth, but Bergman retired the next three, one with a strikeout. Bergman, a 24th-round pick in 2010, was in the Majors last season for 10 starts, and has a 2.53 spring ERA.

Bergman locks it down in the 9th


"I didn't know he didn't have a homer to this point. I really didn't. We are not worried about Abreu. We've seen what he can do and expect another big season out of him. He doesn't miss the barrel much. I'm glad he's on my team." -- Danks, on Abreu's first home run

"I was a little too erratic -- not the whole day, but some pitches I wish I could take back. I know Cabrera got it pretty good, and Eaton. You don't want to see that in Spring Training games. Hopefully, those guys will be in the lineup tomorrow." -- Lyles, after his wildness led to his being removed well short of his 70-pitch goal.


In the fourth inning, Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu committed an error on Adam LaRoche's hard grounder. Last year, when LeMahieu won his first Rawlings Gold Glove Award, just one of his six errors occurred on a grounder.

Cabrera comes home on error


The Rockies may not have room for a second utility infielder, but a pair of switch-hitters, Ynoa and Adames, continue their strong bids. Ynoa drove in the Rockies' first run on a fourth-inning single against Danks, and Adames had two hits during the six-run fifth.

Ynoa's RBI single


Rockies prospect Eddie Butler, making a bid for a spot in the Opening Day rotation, will start against the Giants at 2:10 p.m. MT at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on Wednesday, live on Gameday Audio. Veteran reliever Rafael Betancourt, with a 1.93 ERA in five games this spring as he attempts to make the squad as a non-roster invitee, is among the scheduled relievers. Righty Tim Hudson is the Giants' scheduled starter.

The White Sox have a rare Cactus League night game when they travel to Surprise, Ariz., to take on the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, with a first pitch of 8:05 p.m. CT, live on MLB.TV and Gameday Audio. Carlos Rodon starts against the American League Central rival and the club's first regular-season opponent after making a relief appearance in his last trip to the mound.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page, Thomas Harding and Friends at www.Rockies.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.