So much for those fears that an interleague series at hitter-friendly Coors Field would chew up the White Sox's pitching staff.
In two games, the Sox have allowed seven hits. They were "tagged" for five hits Tuesday night but made the most of a fourth-inning rally to pull out a 2-1 victory at Colorado.
An American League team has held the Rockies to five hits or fewer at Coors only four times. The Sox have done it in consecutive games.
"We're not going to change anything coming here," Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We're going to be playing the same baseball the White Sox have been playing all year."
The teams combined for three runs--marking the third-lowest scoring game in the 11-year history of Coors Field. It marked the 12th time a game featured three runs or fewer.
Lately, Jose Contreras has played a bigger role in the pitching staff's success. Contreras scattered five hits in six innings while walking only two.
He has pitched better than his 3-2 record. He has walked only eight batters in his last five starts while allowing two earned runs or fewer in seven of his 12 starts.
"This year has been a very good year," said Contreras, in his third major-league season after defecting from Cuba. "I've had more control. This is the best stretch I've had in the United States so far."
He also has heeded the advice of Guillen and pitching coach Don Cooper to work at a quicker pace.
"In the past, he'd throw one ball, no strike," Guillen said. "Then he'd throw a forkball and fall behind, then throw a slider and the count would be 3-0. Now his pitch count would be accumulating and getting bigger and bigger, and that would be a problem."
Contreras said he was worried while warming up in the bullpen because he didn't have command of his forkball and feared he would have to resort to throwing fastballs.
But he regained the sinking action of his forkball to strike out Preston Wilson with a runner in scoring position in the first and fifth innings.
"Everything got in place, and that's why I had so much success," Contreras said.
There was a goofy moment in the fifth when first baseman Paul Konerko made a backhanded stop of Desi Relaford's grounder. Contreras ran to cover first, only to see Konerko's mitt flying at him because the ball became stuck in it.
Contreras couldn't handle the glove, and Relaford went all the way to second.
"[Konerko's mitt] is a little bigger than mine, so I couldn't catch it," Contreras said with a smile.
Contreras was pulled after six innings and Neal Cotts and Dustin Hermanson combined for three perfect innings to give the Sox (39-19) their fourth victory in the last six games while improving their interleague record this season to 4-1.
The Sox had difficulty solving submarine-style pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim, who entered Tuesday's game with an 0-4 record and 7.04 ERA and was on the verge of getting demoted or released before Shawon Chacon went on the disabled list.
Kim didn't allow a hit until Konerko doubled with one out in the fourth for his 1,000th career hit.
Kim, known for his concentration lapses, allowed an RBI single to Jermaine Dye on the next pitch. Dye stole second base and scored on A.J. Pierzynski's single that barely got through the middle of the infield.
Center fielder Aaron Rowand extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the eighth off reliever Jay Witasick but was picked off.
email@example.comCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun