Chicago at Anaheim

L.A. Angels
W: J. Lackey (5-2) L: J. Contreras (2-2)
S: S. Shields (6)
HR: CHW - None   ANA - D. McPherson (2)

Lackey solid over seven innings in close Angels win

CBS wire reports

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Another pitching duel ensued between the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Angels. Fittingly, one pitch decided the game.

John Lackey threw seven sharp innings and Dallas McPherson hit a go-ahead two-run homer to give the Angels a 3-2 victory Thursday night.

"It was good to win, no matter how we did it or who did it," said McPherson, who started the season at Triple-A Salt Lake.

Lackey (5-2) gave up two runs and six hits, struck out five and walked two as the teams split the four-game series that was dominated by solid pitching on both sides.

"Both clubs pitched outstanding baseball and had timely defense," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "It was a good series if you're a baseball purist."

Scot Shields got the final four outs for his sixth save in seven chances.

The Angels, who have been limited to three runs or fewer in 13 of 23 games this month, canceled batting practice -- except for a few players who sharpened their swings in the indoor batting cage.

One of those players was McPherson, who homered to center field on his first pitch from Jose Contreras (2-2) with two outs in the seventh. Garret Anderson scored after hitting a leadoff single and advancing to second on a sacrifice by Jeff DaVanon.

"I've been trying to get back to basics and see if it works," said McPherson, who had his first major league triple Wednesday night. "I haven't been getting the results, but I've been making adjustments. Hitting is contagious. Hopefully, this gets us back on a winning streak."

The Angels' other run came in the first on a RBI groundout by Darin Erstad after Chone Figgins hit a leadoff triple.

Contreras allowed three runs and four hits in seven innings, struck out a season-high nine and walked one.

"This kid deserved better," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "It seems like the pitchers can't make a mistake because we haven't been giving them run support lately."

Carl Everett's struggles reflected what the rest of the White Sox went through. He was 1-for-15 in the series, with his only hit being a homer that helped Chicago win 2-1 Tuesday.

"Our pitching has been carrying us and our pitchers should be tired of carrying us," he said. "They've been giving us their max effort the whole time. They've been doing great and we've just been mediocre."

After giving up a run in the first, Contreras didn't allow another hit until Orlando Cabrera's two-out double in the fifth.

"McPherson was waiting for that pitch because that's the pitch I wanted to throw him -- a four-seam fastball," Contreras said through a translator. "I hit the location I wanted to hit and he was sitting on that. You can lose a game with one pitch. It hurts me to lose because we were so close, but it hurts me more because the team played a great game."

Chicago tied the game at 1 in the fourth on Tadahito Iguchi's RBI single. Lackey threw a wild pitch and loaded the bases before escaping.

"A couple well-placed balls just found the spaces to drop a couple in," he said. "Contreras threw a heck of a game and kept us off-balance."

The White Sox led 2-1 in the seventh on Pablo Ozuna's opposite-field RBI single.

The Angels won the series opener Monday behind 22-year-old Ervin Santana's five-hit shutout, snapping Jon Garland's 10-game winning streak. Chicago won 2-1 in 11 innings Tuesday and Freddy Garcia won 4-2 Wednesday.


  • Figgins' nine-game hitting streak is the longest by an Angel this season.
  • Shields has allowed one earned run in his last 19 outings and lowered his ERA to 0.96 this season.
  • The White Sox haven't won a series at Angel Stadium since Aug. 5-7, 1994. They are 15-39 in Anaheim since then.
  • McPherson had his first RBI in 15 games.
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John Lackey gives up both runs, but strikes out five in seven inning of work to earn his fifth win. (AP)
John Lackey gives up both runs, but strikes out five in seven inning of work to earn his fifth win. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Lackey
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 2
K 5

D. McPherson
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF4121010 .283
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B4011021 .302
Aaron Rowand, CF3010000 .262
Paul Konerko, 1B3010111 .237
    Juan Uribe, PR-SS0000000 .237
A.J. Pierzynski, C2000200 .264
Carl Everett, DH3000114 .232
Jermaine Dye, RF4000013 .212
Joe Crede, 3B3000010 .234
   a- Willie Harris, PH1000010 .273
Pablo Ozuna, SS-1B3110000 .257
   b- Timo Perez, PH1000000 .189
a-struck out for Crede in the 9th
b-grounded out for Ozuna in the 9th
2B - Scott Podsednik (6, Lackey), Paul Konerko (5, Lackey)
RBI - Scott Podsednik (12), Tadahito Iguchi (23)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Podsednik (4)
SB - Pablo Ozuna (4, 2nd base off Lackey/Molina)
CS - Scott Podsednik (7, 2nd base by Lackey/Molina)
Team LOB - 7
Chicago White Sox
Jose Contreras (L,2-2) 7433191 3.30
Neal Cotts 1100020 3.21
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Contreras 95-65, Neal Cotts 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Contreras 5-7, Neal Cotts 1-0
Batters Faced - Jose Contreras 26, Neal Cotts 4
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, LF4110020 .266
Darin Erstad, 1B4011010 .266
Steve Finley, CF3000111 .195
Garret Anderson, DH3110011 .292
Jeff DaVanon, RF2000011 .228
Bengie Molina, C3000001 .283
Dallas McPherson, 3B3112020 .219
Orlando Cabrera, SS3010020 .229
Adam Kennedy, 2B3000011 .232
2B - Orlando Cabrera (9, Contreras)
3B - Chone Figgins (4, Contreras)
HR - Dallas McPherson (2, Contreras)
SH - Jeff DaVanon (2)
RBI - Darin Erstad (19), Dallas McPherson 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Dallas McPherson 2 (4)
SB - Steve Finley (5, 2nd base off Contreras/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 3
Los Angeles Angels
John Lackey (W,5-2) 7622250 3.88
Brendan Donnelly (H,5) 0.2000210 2.49
Scot Shields (S,6) 1.1000020 0.96
HBP - Rowand (by John Lackey)
WP - John Lackey (7)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 112-70, Brendan Donnelly 16-6, Scot Shields 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 8-6, Scot Shields 2-0
Batters Faced - John Lackey 28, Brendan Donnelly 4, Scot Shields 4
Game Information
Attendance - 39128
Game Time - 2:29
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Rick Reed, Second Base - Terry Craft, Third Base - Ted Barrett