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Garcia supports early lead with eight solid innings

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Freddy Garcia won a career-high 18 games four years ago with Seattle. A closer like Dustin Hermanson could make him a 20-game winner with the Chicago White Sox this season.

Garcia pitched eight strong innings Wednesday night and Hermanson remained perfect out of the bullpen as the White Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 with home runs from Paul Konerko and Chris Widger.

Hermanson recorded his 11th save in as many attempts and extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings - the longest by a White Sox pitcher from the start of a season since 1969. He is the only pitcher in the majors who has not allowed a run and pitched at least 15 innings.

"I'm enjoying it, but I'm enjoying the start the team's having more than anything," Hermanson said. "We have a bunch of guys who put their egos aside when we come into the clubhouse. We don't care who gets the wins or who gets the saves, as long as we're putting a 'W' on the board."

The 11-year veteran, pitching for his sixth team, came up in 1995 as a reliever with San Diego before becoming a starter with Montreal and St. Louis. He had 17 saves last year with San Francisco, and is much more comfortable in his current role.

"It's really not much of a difference because back in those days I considered myself a closer who was starting and I think that might have gotten me in a little bit of trouble," Hermanson said. "I'd use a lot (of energy) the first couple of innings because I had a closer mentality from when I was in the minor leagues. So it's been a fairly easy transition so far."

The victory improved Chicago's record to a major league-best 33-14, matching the 1951 White Sox for the best start in the franchise's 105-year history.

Garcia (5-3) improved his career record against the Angels to 11-3, allowing two runs and seven hits, while striking out six. The two-time All-Star, who won the AL's ERA title in 2001, won consecutive starts for the first time this season. He joined the White Sox in a trade last June.

"Here's a guy who pitched in the playoffs on a very good Seattle team and was like the ace of the staff and a go-to guy. Then he comes over here, and you don't hear his name mentioned," Konerko said.

"You hear a lot about Mark Buehrle and Jon Garland and you forget about him. But he's pitched in a lot of big ballgames. We have three guys who you can consider as aces right now, so it's a nice luxury to have."

Darin Erstad's two-out RBI double in the eighth brought the Angels within 4-2. Damaso Marte gave up a single to Garret Anderson in the ninth, but Hermanson retired pinch-hitters Bengie Molina and Curtis Pride on fly balls.

Both of Chicago's homers came off Jarrod Washburn (3-3), who allowed four runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. The left-hander hasn't won at Anaheim in 11 starts since last July 15. Washburn is 26-29 in his career with a 4.81 ERA at home -- compared to 44-23 with a 3.37 ERA on the road.

"I have no idea what the reason is," Washburn said. "I've pitched terrible here and I've pitched pretty darn good on the road. I'm not more amped up at all. I approach it exactly the same. It's a shame, really. The fans here have never even seen me really be good. They think I'm a bum - a .500 pitcher."

The White Sox staked Garcia to a 4-0 lead through two innings. Washburn grazed Pablo Ozuna on the front of the shirt to open the game. Aaron Rowand singled one out later and Konerko followed with his 12th homer.

"I was just trying to be aggressive and not get behind," Konerko said. "I was ready to hit. I wasn't going to take."

Widger made it 4-0 in the second with his second homer of the season and the first of his three consecutive hits against Washburn.

The Angels scored in the third with an RBI double by No. 9 hitter Adam Kennedy. The RBI was only the fourth in 64 at-bats for Kennedy, who had knee surgery in the offseason.

Angels reliever Joel Peralta made his major league debut, pitching 2 1/3 perfect innings and striking out four of his first five batters. The 29-year-old Dominican right-hander, who was signed as an infielder by Oakland in 1966, was promoted from Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday when closer Francisco Rodriguez went on the 15-day disabled list.

Notes

  • Widger, Chicago's backup catcher, was 3-for-4 and is 10-for-19 in his last five starts.
  • Angels rookie 3B Dallas McPherson, who had gone 13 straight games without an extra-base hit, got his first major league triple in the seventh.
  • Konerko's home run was only the fifth with more than one runner on base for the White Sox, who have hit 53 homers.
  • Chicago's victory evened the all-time series with the Angels at 313 wins apiece.
  • Garcia is 6-1 lifetime at Anaheim with a 3.16 ERA. He is 11-2 in his last 14 road starts overall.
 
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Freddy Garcia allows two runs and seven hits in improving his record against the Angels to 11-3. (AP)
Freddy Garcia allows two runs and seven hits in improving his record against the Angels to 11-3. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

P. Konerko
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Chicago

F. Garcia
IP 8.0
H 7
ER 2
BB 0
K 6
 
Chicago White Sox
Pablo Ozuna, LF3100003 .250
    Timo Perez, LF0000000 .192
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B2000212 .303
Aaron Rowand, CF4110011 .261
Paul Konerko, 1B4123010 .235
Carl Everett, DH4000021 .236
Jermaine Dye, RF3000120 .217
Joe Crede, 3B4000000 .238
Chris Widger, C4131000 .356
Juan Uribe, SS3010002 .237
Totals31474379 
Batting
2B - Juan Uribe (9, Washburn)
HR - Paul Konerko (12, Washburn), Chris Widger (2, Washburn)
RBI - Paul Konerko 3 (36), Chris Widger (5)
CS - Chris Widger (1, 2nd base by Washburn/Molina)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Konerko-Uribe
Chicago White Sox
Freddy Garcia (W,5-3) 8722060 3.41
Damaso Marte (H,8) 0.1100000 1.89
Dustin Hermanson (S,11) 0.2000000 0.00
WP - Freddy Garcia (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 108-74, Damaso Marte 4-3, Dustin Hermanson 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 9-8, Damaso Marte 1-0
Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 30, Damaso Marte 2, Dustin Hermanson 2
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, LF4110011 .266
Darin Erstad, 1B4011011 .266
Jeff DaVanon, RF4010011 .233
Garret Anderson, DH4010001 .292
Steve Finley, CF4000001 .199
Dallas McPherson, 3B3010010 .215
   a- Bengie Molina, PH1000001 .298
Jose Molina, C3020011 .221
   b- Curtis Pride, PH1000001 .000
Orlando Cabrera, SS3100002 .228
Adam Kennedy, 2B3011011 .242
Totals342820611 
a-flied out for McPherson in the 9th
b-flied out for Molina in the 9th
Batting
2B - Darin Erstad (12, Garcia), Adam Kennedy (2, Garcia)
3B - Dallas McPherson (1, Garcia)
RBI - Darin Erstad (18), Adam Kennedy (4)
2-OUT RBI - Darin Erstad (9)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - McPherson-Erstad, Cabrera-Kennedy-Erstad
Los Angeles Angels
Jarrod Washburn (L,3-3) 6.2744332 3.73
Joel Peralta 2.1000040 0.00
HBP - Ozuna (by Jarrod Washburn)
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Washburn 103-68, Joel Peralta 37-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Washburn 7-7, Joel Peralta 1-2
Batters Faced - Jarrod Washburn 28, Joel Peralta 7
Game Information
Attendance - 42716
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Rick Reed, Third Base - Terry Craft