By Pat Graham AP Sports Writer
The Clinton Herald
---- — DENVER — D.J. LeMahieu’s bat upstaged his glove as the defensive specialist transformed into an offensive catalyst.
LeMahieu’s two-run single broke a tie in a six-run eighth inning, sending the Colorado Rockies to a 10-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.
He finished with three hits, including an RBI double in the sixth that tied the game at 4.
Buoyed by his big day — on an afternoon he was honored for his work in the field last season, no less — LeMahieu helped the Rockies take two of three in the series.
Colorado broke open a tight game in the eighth with its biggest inning this season. Justin Morneau started the rally with a single off Scott Downs (0-2), who was pulled for reliever Ronald Belisario.
The Rockies sent 10 batters to the plate, and LeMahieu had a clutch hit to center. Pinch-hitter Josh Rutledge and Michael Cuddyer added run-scoring singles, while Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-run double down the line.
Rex Brothers (1-0) got two outs in the eighth to earn the win.