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Paulino wobbles, Rockies fall to White Sox

Paulino wobbles, Rockies fall to White Sox

Paulino wobbles, Rockies fall to White Sox
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- John Danks started Tuesday's 9-8 victory for the White Sox over the Rockies. And his brother Jordan finished the win.

With the White Sox clinging to a two-run lead and two outs in the seventh, Jordan laced a two-run double to center off of Eric Stults to give the White Sox (3-6-1) a little cushion. The slick-fielding Jordan Danks knocked out two hits on the afternoon.

As for the older Danks, the southpaw lasted 3 1/3 innings before exiting on a walk issued to Chris Iannetta. He fanned two and gave up two runs on five hits, but wasn't pleased with the three free passes issued.

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"More than anything, I just wasn't making my pitches," Danks said.

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Dayan Viciedo and Gordon Beckham knocked out three hits apiece, with both of them contributing to that four-run seventh. Beckham opened the frame with a double to right off of Stults, and after Paul Konerko singled home Beckham with the go-ahead run, Viciedo followed with another run-scoring hit.

Behind two hits and two RBIs from Tyler Flowers, including his first home run, the White Sox built up a two-run lead entering the seventh. But Matt Macri's two-run single in the top of the seventh tied the game off White Sox reliever Matt Thornton, who received a nice round of applause from the home crowd in honor of his recent two-year, $12 million contract extension.

Along with two hits and two RBIs, Flowers threw out the fleet-footed Dexter Fowler trying to steal third in the first inning. Fowler had two hits, including a triple, and Ty Wigginton contributed a two-run home run off John Danks in the fourth.

Felipe Paulino started for the Rockies and gave four runs on eight hits over three innings. Paulino struck out one and walked two.

Rockies up next: Jhoulys Chacin makes his third start Wednesday, against the Angels at 1:05 p.m. MT on Gameday Audio, since being penciled in as the No. 3 starter. Chacin has relished the chance to have a more relaxing Spring Training without focusing on making the club. Chacin will be followed by Huston Street, John Maine, Christian Friedrich, Rex Brothers, and Cory Riordan.

White Sox up next: It's Cactus League start No. 2 for Jake Peavy, and every time the right-hander takes the mound this spring, it's big news for the South Siders. Peavy is battling back from season-ending surgery to repair a detached latissimus dorsi muscle in his right posterior shoulder and hurled two hitless innings against the Angels last Friday. Josh Kinney, Tony Pena, Jesse Crain, Jeff Gray and the fast-rising Shane Lindsay also are set to face the defending World Series champ Giants in Scottsdale on Wednesday, beginning at 2:05 p.m. CT.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Being Ozzie Guillen, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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