CHICAGO(AP) Now that
is hitting the ball out of the park again, the
Los Angeles Angels
are downright giddy about how good they might be.
''Oh boy, it's going to be exciting,'' said
, who along with Guerrero,
went deep in the Angels' 9-5 victory over the
Chicago White Sox
''When the man gets hot, we all want to be on base for him. He's going to drive in a lot of runs and we're going to score
a lot of runs.''
The Angels were scoring plenty without Guerrero, going 18-3 while the eight-time All-Star was on the disabled list with calf
and hamstring injuries. Coincidentally, after he returned for Tuesday's series opener, Los Angeles managed only six runs in
two losses to the
Things changed in a hurry on Thursday, when Guerrero hit
' first pitch of the third inning for his first home run since July 5. He entered the season with 392 homers but has only
five in 187 at-bats this year.
Asked if he was frustrated to have played in only 49 of the team's 106 games due to two DL stints, he said: ''I don't try
to think about it too much because otherwise I would go crazy.''
The 34-year-old Guerrero, who is limited to DH duties, is in the final year of a six-year, $85 million contract, and his future
will be on the line as the season winds down.
''I've missed a lot of time so I don't want to spend time thinking about just me in the next two months,'' he said. ''It's
important ... but I don't want to get too caught up thinking about that because we're a team here.''
(4-6) settled down after a rocky start to last six innings for the Angels, but it was their offense that carried them to their
AL-leading 32nd road victory.
Los Angeles entered the series as baseball's hottest-hitting team, batting .315 with 50 homers and 256 runs in 34 games. In
each of their four games before coming to Chicago, the Angels scored nine-plus runs, the first such streak in franchise history.
Los Angeles scored five times in the first two innings off Danks (9-8), keeping their lead at 4 1/2 games over second-place
Texas in the AL West going into this weekend's three-game home series against the Rangers.
, who fell two games behind Detroit in the AL Central, had opened their homestand with five victories in six games against
the Angels and
New York Yankees
''The Angels have a lot of guys that don't give away at-bats,''
said. ''It's tough for guys like that to go three days without success.''
Abreu's homer leading off the fifth made it 7-4, extended his hitting streak to 12 games and gave him 250 career home runs.
as the only players with 250 homers, 2,000 hits, 1,000 runs, 1,000 RBIs, 1,000 walks and 300 stolen bases.
''That's pretty select company,'' Angels manager
said. ''Bobby's a terrific player, a complete player.''
Mathis hit a two-run shot in the second. Aybar, who also had two bunt singles, connected off
in the ninth.
Santana allowed four runs on five hits and five walks. After giving up
's three-run homer in the second, he walked home a third-inning run. Scioscia had a reliever warming up but Santana struck
out Nix on a 3-2 pitch and retired
on a grounder to get out of the jam. He then gave up only one hit in his final three innings.
Dewayne Wise homered off
in the ninth, the first RBI by a Chicago pinch-hitter all season.
Danks, who had been 4-1 with a 3.08 ERA in his previous six starts, gave up seven runs on nine hits and three walks in 6 1-3
''I got my butt kicked, that's all you can say,'' he said. ''I wasn't ahead in the count enough to make them hit my pitch.''
His fielders contributed to his woes. Third baseman
's throwing error let in a first-inning run. In the second,
scored on Aybar's shallow fly because right fielder
thought there were three outs after making the catch.
NOTES: If SS
returns Friday after missing seven games with a sprained ankle,
said the second-year player would bat low in the order because Beckham has excelled as the No. 2 hitter. ... The four homers
gave the Angels 74 in their last 48 games after hitting only 44 in their first 58 contests. Not coincidentally, they are 35-13
during their hot streak after a 29-29 start.