American League Game Summary - Chicago at LA Angels of Anaheim|
(Saturday, September 22nd)
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 4, Chicago 2
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Mark Trumbo hit a two-run single and Dan Haren
pitched six-plus innings as the LA Angels of Anaheim took a 4-2 win over the
Chicago White Sox in the second contest of a three-game set.
Haren (12-11) gave up two runs on six hits with a walk and four strikeouts for
the Angels, who have taken the first two of this set after dropping two of
three to the Rangers. Albert Pujols and Torii Hunter each drove in a run.
"When we got the lead I was able to be aggressive," said Haren. "I think
everything was working tonight. We've lost some tough games, but we're very
positive right now."
The win moves the Angels just 2 1/2 games back of the Athletics for the final
wild card spot in the American League. Oakland lost to New York in 14 innings
Paul Konerko hit a solo home run for the White Sox, who have lost four
straight after winning five consecutive games. Jose Quintana (6-5) got the
loss after giving up four runs -- one earned -- on six hits with five walks in
Chicago saw its lead over Detroit for the top spot in the AL Central fall to
just a half-game as the Tigers downed the Twins on Saturday.
The Angels jumped all over Quintana in the first inning. Mike Trout led off
with a walk and was moved to second on an Erick Aybar sacrifice that saw all
runners safe on a Quintana error. Pujols then smacked the 500th double of his
career to left for the first run. Hunter then singled home Aybar. After Howie
Kendrick walked, the next two batters recorded outs, but Trumbo punched a
single to right for two more runs and a 4-0 lead.
Konerko led off the second with his 24th home run of the year to get the White
Sox on the board.
The score stayed that way until the seventh when the White Sox made it a two-
run game. Alex Rios led off with a single to chase Haren from the game. Nick
Maronde then took the mound and gave up a double to A.J. Pierzynski. Garrett
Richards came on the hill and got pinch-hitter Dewayne Wise to groundout and
score one run. Alexei Ramirez then grounded out to third and Gordon Beckham
grounded out to short to end the frame.
"Jose had a rough first inning but after that he pitched pretty good," said
Chicago manager Robin Ventura. "There was a couple of spots where we had our
chances, just couldn't capitalize."
Scott Downs set the White Sox down in order in the eighth while Ernesto Frieri
worked around a one-out single by Rios in the ninth to pickup his 20th save of
The Angels have won four of the seven games against the White Sox this season
... Chicago was 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left five on base
... Haren is 2-1 in six career games against Chicago ... Ventura was ejected
in the fourth inning by first base umpire Ed Hickox after a balk call to
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