Garcia hurt as White Sox fall 10-4 to Rockies

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DENVER (AP) - Avisail Garcia nearly made a game-saving catch. Instead, the right fielder ended up with a jammed left shoulder.

That’s the way the afternoon went for the Chicago White Sox, who lost to the Colorado Rockies 10-4 on Wednesday.

Garcia said his shoulder is aching after he left the game in the sixth inning. And while X-rays were negative for a fracture or a separation, he will undergo an MRI on Thursday as a precaution.

“Hopefully, it is just a strain,” Garcia said.

He wasn’t the only one banged up. Reliever Ronald Belisario left with tightness in his back after allowing five runs in a game that got away from the White Sox.

Colorado scored six runs in the eighth - its biggest inning this season. Justin Morneau started the rally with a single off Scott Downs (0-2), who was pulled for Belisario.

The Rockies sent 10 batters to the plate, with D.J. LeMahieu coming up with a clutch hit to center to drive in two runs. Pinch-hitter Josh Rutledge and Michael Cuddyer added run-scoring singles, and Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-run double down the line.

Rex Brothers (1-0) got two outs in the eighth for the win.

“Need to keep the momentum,” Gonzalez said.

Momentum shifted in the sixth. Morneau led off with a double and hustled to third after left fielder Dayan Viciedo bobbled the ball on the warning track. Starter Erik Johnson retired the next two hitters and appeared he might escape the jam when LeMahieu lined a ball at Garcia.

Earlier in the game, Garcia robbed LeMahieu of a hit on a similar play. So LeMahieu figured Garcia would come up with this diving catch, too.

“Thought I was out,” LeMahieu said.

Garcia leapt forward and had the ball in his glove, but when he landed, the ground jarred the ball loose, allowing Morneau to trot him with the tying run. Garcia stayed on the ground for several minutes before walking slowly to the dugout.

“Right now I have pain,” Garcia said.

Chicago didn’t ask for a video review to determine whether Garcia possibly held the ball long enough for an out.

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