ANAHEIM, Calif.(AP) The
Chicago White Sox
are still trying to find an identity. They turned to defense Tuesday night.
carried a shutout into the seventh inning against his former team and the
Los Angeles Angels
Colon got nice defensive plays from Nix at second base,
at shortstop and left fielder
- who turned
' fly ball into a double play with a strong throw to third when
tried to advance in the second.
''We pitched well, we played great defense and when you put those things together you're always going to give your team a
chance to win,'' Chicago manager
said. ''We have to try to figure out how to score the runs, how to play better defense. I always believe defense wins games
and I think we're on a roll with those two particular things.''
Nix, who had been 0 for 7 on Chicago's road trip, hit solo shots in the fifth and seventh for his first career multihomer
earned his first save of the season for Chicago, which beat the Angels for the second consecutive night.
Colon (3-4) worked six scoreless innings before giving up
's leadoff homer in the seventh. He lasted 6 2-3 innings, his longest outing since he pitched seven innings in a win over
Seattle on April 28.
Colon had not gone past five innings in his four previous starts, mainly because his pitch count is set at 90.
The 2005 AL Cy Young Award winner with the Angels, Colon enjoyed the outstanding fielding plays behind him.
''The one that I was most impressed with was Alexei, diving for balls, making the plays tonight. We've been here for only
two months and I was impressed with how we fielded today,'' Colon said.
The right-hander struck out three, gave up four hits and had four easy innings.
Nix gave the
a cushion with his two homers. Both were hit to left field off former minor league foe
(6-3), who gave up three runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings.
''I faced him a lot in Triple-A, so I kind of knew what to expect and I got the barrel on a couple of balls,'' Nix said. ''I
was ready for a fastball like always and I got a couple in the middle of the plate.''
drove in pinch-runner
with an RBI single in the ninth for Chicago.
Hunter also homered for Los Angeles. Abreu's seventh-inning drive over the 400-foot sign in center was his first homer of
the season. Hunter's shot to left-center in the ninth brought the Angels within two.
The loss wasn't the only thing that stung the Angels.
After the game, reliever
was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of patella tendinitis in his left knee. Shields is off to the worst start of
his career with a 6.62 ERA.
Shields relieved Saunders in the seventh and faced two batters, walking Ramirez and retiring Dye on a grounder to first base.
The right-hander had to cover the bag on the play, and he was subsequently lifted by manager
''I think he was trying to battle through it, but he knew that something wasn't right,'' Saunders said. ''As a competitor,
you try to fight through some stuff. Sometimes it works out and goes away, and sometimes it makes it worse. Hopefully in this
case, it's not too bad and he can come back in a couple of weeks or a month.''
The Angels tried to rally, but came up short. They had two runners on against
in the eighth, but stranded both when Abreu grounded out.
extended his hitting streak to 14 games for the Angels, matching a career high.
got his first hit since returning from the disabled list when he chopped a ball up the middle in the fourth. Guerrero, who
missed 35 games because of a torn pectoral muscle in his chest, was 0 for 4 in his first game back Monday.
Saunders, who had won four of his last five, pitched four solid innings before giving up Nix's first home run in the fifth.
He got out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth after
's RBI single, but Nix connected again in the seventh to make it 3-0.
is being sent back to Chicago for tests on his left foot Wednesday. He was injured in the first inning Monday when running
to first on an RBI double. ... Guillen returned from Caracas, Venezuela, where he attended his father-in-law's funeral. ...
will be recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday to replace Shields.