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Updated: April 8, 2014 12:17AM

DENVER — This was a dud from the get-go.

White Sox starter Felipe Paulino couldn’t finish off hitters, then he couldn’t finish the fifth inning

Sox hitters, meanwhile, couldn’t figure out Colorado Rockies starter Jordan Lyles, who had allowed only two hits by the time he batted against reliever Daniel Webb in the fifth and got his third hit of the game.

‘‘At one point, their pitcher was outhitting us,’’ Sox manager Robin Ventura said. ‘‘That’s never a good sign. We just need to be a lot better.’’

It seems a little early for the even-tempered Ventura to be annoyed, but he wasn’t happy after the Rockies eased past the Sox 8-1 at Coors Field. It was the first time in seven games the Sox (3-4) looked out of it early, and Ventura found it discouraging to see it happen a day after ace Chris Sale’s inspiring performance helped them salvage a victory in their three-game series against the Kansas City Royals.

‘‘You come off [Sunday] feeling pretty good, but every day is different, and we have to be better than that,’’ Ventura said.

Paulino (0-1) will have to be better to be the starting pitcher Sox general manager Rick Hahn was banking on when he signed him as a free agent during the offseason. Paulino allowed six runs, nine hits and four walks in 41/3 innings. He was backpedaling early after Carlos Gonzalez lined a home run into the right-field seats to open the scoring in the first.

Paulino said he’ll get together with pitching coach Don Cooper as soon as possible to try and get himself untracked.

‘‘We want to talk with Cooper,’’ Paulino said. ‘‘We have to figure out how to get guys out when we’re ahead in the count. That’s my goal right now. Coop and me, we have a lot of work to do. That’s what we’ve been doing the last couple of weeks. I believe in myself. I believe I’ll be OK.’’

It took Paulino a whopping 99 pitches — only 58 of them strikes — to get 13 outs, and he threw first-pitch strikes to only 14 of the 26 batters he faced. Paulino’s four walks and Webb’s one raised the Sox’
total to 31 for an average of more than four a game.

‘‘You keep an eye on it because they’re starting to come at inopportune times,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘You walk the 8-hole guy [DJ LeMahieu with two outs in the second] to get to the pitcher, and he ends up knocking you around. We just need to be a lot sharper than that.

‘‘[Paulino] knows he can be better than that. As far as him falling behind and getting some whacks at him, it just has to be better. You’ve got to jump ahead in the count and put people away.’’

‘‘It was not a good game for me tonight,’’ Paulino said. ‘‘I threw a lot of pitches. [When] I got ahead in the count, I didn’t finish up. I have to figure out how to finish those hitters. It’s unsettling for me to get ahead in count and [not be able to] finish.

‘‘In the end, they just beat me tonight. Try to do better. That’s the goal for me.’’


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