While the Chicago White Sox continue racking up runs during their recent stretch of success, the Los Angeles Angels have been quite generous on the mound amid their current rough patch.
Hoping to build on an extra-inning victory in the series opener, the AL Central-leading White Sox try for a fifth consecutive home win Saturday night while the Angels look to avoid a fourth straight defeat.
Alex Rios hit his second homer of the night, a two-run shot in the 10th inning, to give Chicago (58-47) an 8-6 win over Los Angeles on Friday. The White Sox have won three straight and eight of 10 overall, and they've averaged 7.0 runs and batted .321 while winning 11 of 12 at U.S. Cellular Field.
Rios is hitting .417 (20 for 48) with six homers and 17 RBIs in the last 12 at home.
"He's very undervalued for a lot of people," manager Robin Ventura said of Rios, who is batting .318 with 18 homers and 67 RBIs overall after hitting .227 with 13 homers and 44 RBIs in 2011. "But for us he's been as solid as anybody in the league."
Teammate A.J. Pierzynski hit a three-run homer Friday off Zack Greinke , giving him a career-high 19 homers - including one in each of his last three games. The veteran catcher last homered in four consecutive games May 14-18, 2005.
Chicago pounded out 12 hits against the Angels (57-50), who have allowed 34 runs over 26 2-3 innings during their three-game skid to fall into third place in the AL West, six games behind division-leading Texas. Los Angeles starters have posted a 9.50 ERA during that stretch.
Ervin Santana (5-10, 5.97 ERA) takes the mound after he allowed three runs in five innings of a 15-8 victory at Texas on Monday to record his first win in six starts.
The right-hander is 4-5 with a 4.72 ERA in 13 starts against the White Sox including postseason, but 3-2 with a 3.31 ERA in five at U.S. Cellular Field.
Chicago counters with Gavin Floyd (8-9, 4.28 ERA), who fell to 2-5 with a 4.98 ERA in eight starts against the Angels when he allowed seven runs and 10 hits in six innings of a 7-2 loss in Anaheim on May 16.
Floyd, however, is 4-2 with a 1.62 ERA in his last six starts overall, a stretch surrounding a stint on the disabled list with elbow tendinitis. The right-hander has walked 11 and struck out just two in two starts since coming off the DL, but he has allowed only five runs - three earned - in 12 2-3 innings while splitting those games.
"This is one of those (things) he just finds a way to make that pitch," Ventura told the White Sox's official website. "(He) gets in counts (where) you have to be aggressive."
Mike Trout and Albert Pujols , who each homered Friday, are a combined 4 for 9 against Floyd. Pujols is 11 for 24 with four doubles, five home runs and 11 RBIs in the first five games of this 10-game trip while Trout has hit three of his 19 homers and driven in eight runs during the same span.
Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia played Friday's game under protest after a baserunning call went against his team during Chicago's four-run first inning. With the bases loaded, Paul Konerko hit a grounder to third base. The Angels got the first out at home but catcher Chris Iannetta threw wide to first.
Scioscia contended that Konerko was not within the base line for the last 45 feet. Pierzynski later homered with two outs.
"We're filing with the league, and I think it's a very clear case in our favor," Scioscia said.
|Alejandro De Aza||4||.500||2||0||1||0||1||.500||1.000||.500|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|July 30, 2012||Mark Trumbo||Day-to-Day||Back spasms|
|July 30, 2012||Dan Haren||Day-to-Day||Back stiffness|
|July 29, 2012||Mike Trout||Day-to-Day||Left knee contusion|
|July 28, 2012||Scott Downs||15-Day DL||Left shoulder strain|
|July 22, 2012||Erick Aybar||15-Day DL||Fractured big right toe|
|July 09, 2012||Jordan Walden||15-Day DL||Strained right biceps|
|Chicago White Sox|
|July 25, 2012||Kevin Youkilis||Day-to-Day||Left game - sprained left ankle|
|July 24, 2012||A.J. Pierzynski||Day-to-Day||Strained right oblique|
|July 08, 2012||Gavin Floyd||15-Day DL||Right elbow tendinitis|
|July 08, 2012||Gavin Floyd||15-Day DL||Right elbow tendinitis|
|June 29, 2012||Kevin Youkilis||Day-to-Day||Left game - upset stomach|
|June 25, 2012||Brian Bruney||15-Day DL||Left hip inflammation|
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels finally won a battle of the bullpens.
Albert Pujols homered again and Howie Kendrick hit a go-ahead single in the 10th inning Saturday night that sent the Angels to a 6-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Alberto Callaspo doubled off Matt Thornton (4-7) with two outs in the 10th and scored on Kendrick's single.
The Angels bullpen had taken the loss in three consecutive games, but outdueled Chicago's bullpen to break the Angels' three-game losing streak.
"Hopefully we're going to build from this and get a little more confidence in our bullpen," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
Pujols' 24th home run was his sixth in his last five games. Mike Trout continued his torrid season. He singled twice, scored two runs and scaled the wall in left-center field to rob Gordon Beckham of a home run in the second inning.
"I told him in the one at-bat, I'm like `You're really good, man,' because he does it all," said White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski. "He makes those catches in the outfield look so good. He hits for power, he can run as fast as anyone I've seen in a long time.
"He plays the game right, plays the game hard, has a smile on his face. The Angels are lucky to have him and he's one of the best I've seen in a long time."
Kevin Jepsen (2-1) worked a scoreless ninth. Ernesto Frieri pitched the 10th for his 13th save in 14 chances.
"Out of the bullpen, one of the tough things is you're not really allowed to make any mistakes because a mistake changes the game," Jepsen said. "You put one pitch where you don't want to and you lose the game. The blame comes on us and that's the way it is and that's the way we like. We've always had confidence and we've never lost it."
Kevin Youkilis homered twice for the White Sox, logging his first multihomer game since Sept. 28, 2009, and the 10th of his career. A.J. Pierzynski added a solo shot for the AL Central leaders.
Pujols put the Angels ahead 5-3 with his solo homer in the seventh.
Youkilis hit a tying, two-run shot off LaTroy Hawkins in the bottom half. Youkilis also hit a solo homer in the first.
Pierzynski homered in his fourth straight game, matching a career best. He extended a career high with his 20th home run.
Pujols got into it with umpire crew Chief Dana DeMuth in the first after Pierzynski's foul pop down the first base line was knocked away by a fan. DeMuth ruled that the ball was in the stands and the fan was free to go for the ball, prompting a visit from Scioscia.
Pierzynski later popped out to strand runners on first and second.
Scioscia also took issue with the umpires in Friday night's 8-6 loss when the Angels filed a protest after a baserunning call went against them.
Angels starter Ervin Santana allowed three runs-two earned-in six innings. He lowered his ERA to 5.83 in his second consecutive satisfactory start after his turn in the rotation was skipped in late July.
"Ervin looked solid," Scioscia said. "Better fastball, better breaking ball in good spots."
Gavin Floyd bounced back from a 41-pitch, three-run first inning to work deep into the game. He was chased by Pujols' seventh-inning homer.
NOTES: The White Sox bullpen had allowed only three runs in its last 33 innings of work before Thornton was touched up. ... The start of the game was delayed for 21 minutes because of to rain. ... Angels RHP Jordan Walden (strained right biceps) is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session on Monday. ... Angels LHP Scott Downs (left shoulder strain) will begin a throwing program on Monday. ... Francisco Liriano (3-10, 5.18 ERA) makes his home debut for the White Sox in the series finale on Sunday against Dan Haren (8-8, 4.59).