- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 9, 2014

DENVER (AP) - Chad Bettis hung tough for 11 pitches. His 12th delivery to Jose Abreu opened the floodgates, and the Colorado Rockies never recovered.

Abreu and Avisail Garcia each hit two of Chicago’s six homers, powering the White Sox to a 15-3 win over Colorado on Tuesday night.

It was a much closer game with one out in the seventh, when Bettis came in from the bullpen with two runners on base. His battle with Abreu was at a standstill until he grooved a curveball that the Cuban slugger hit over the left field wall to make it 7-2.

“It was a bad pitch. If I could have it back I would like it to go about 4 inches further down than what it was,” Bettis said. “It was right above the knees. But you can’t get that one back.

“That’s a big swinging point of the game.”

Jose Quintana (1-0) pitched seven sharp innings, and Tyler Flowers and Alexei Ramirez also went deep for the first time this season.

Two of the home runs were hit in the second inning against Rockies starter Franklin Morales (0-1). He gave up a solo shot to Garcia, who had four hits, and a two-run homer to Flowers that gave Chicago an early 3-0 lead.

“I missed on a splitter in the middle and (Garcia) got a home run,” Morales said. “After that I tried to fight and stay in the game.”

The left-hander managed to stick around into the seventh, but after getting the first out, he hit Adam Eaton with a pitch and gave up a single to Marcus Semien, who also had four of Chicago’s 19 hits.

Bettis came in to face the right-handed-hitting Abreu. The count was 2-2 when Abreu fouled off six straight pitches. After Bettis missed with a changeup, Abreu jumped all over a 77 mph curve for his first major league home run.

“The changeup before the curveball, it could have been a little bit better pitch,” Bettis said. “That curveball, 4 inches further down, it’s a completely different result.”

The White Sox broke it open with six runs in the eighth off righty Wilton Lopez. Garcia and Ramirez greeted him with consecutive home runs, and Abreu had a two-run shot that made it 12-3.

Rockies manager Walt Weiss wanted Lopez to get through the inning, but after he allowed an RBI single to Garcia, Lopez was lifted for Tommy Kahnle.

Lopez’s line wasn’t pretty: six runs, eight hits and three homers while getting just two outs. He was booed as he walked off the mound by the smattering of fans that remained.

“You’re trying at that point to think about tomorrow and not blow through the bullpen, but I don’t like to leave a guy out there as long as I did, or take him out in the middle of the inning and have him walk off the field,” Weiss said.

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