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|Chi. White Sox||0||0||0||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||8||0|
CHICAGO -- Vladimir Guerrero raced around third and headed for home with a piece of daring baserunning right out of the movies.
Guerrero doubled and scored the go-ahead run on a heads-up baserunning play reminiscent of the movie Major League in the 12th inning to give the Los Angeles Angels a 6-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.
"This kid is the best player in baseball, to me," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He's always going to be running and he's always going to make something happen. That's why he gets paid a lot of money."
The victory kept the Angels' lead in the AL West at one game over Oakland.
Guerrero led off the 12th with a double off the wall in left-center off Dustin Hermanson (1-3). Guerrero was slow out of the box and needed to slide to get into second. He quickly made up for it.
Bengie Molina then bunted down the third-base line, and while Geoff Blum was throwing to Tadahito Iguchi for the out at first, Guerrero kept running. Iguchi's throw home was off-line and Guerrero slid around catcher A.J. Pierzynski's tag.
"It's an aggressive baserunning play," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I don't think it's one we're going to design unless you're Willie Mays Hayes."
Hayes was the speedy center fielder played by actor Wesley Snipes who scored the same way for a fictional Cleveland Indians team in the movie.
"You look back at the last 150 years of baseball and you can probably count on one hand how many times that play has worked," Blum said. "So you can call it luck, you can call it savvy, you can call it whatever you want."
Iguchi had an awful night all-around, going 0-for-5 with four strikeouts. He said first baseman Ross Gload was in the way of his throw home, probably blocking Pierzynski's view of the throw as well.
Guerrero didn't even look for a sign as he ran toward third.
"I never got to the yes part," third base coach Ron Roenicke said. "I was 'No, no, no.' I didn't hold my hands up but I said 'no' a couple of times. When his mind was made up to go, he got going in a hurry."
Chicago's Bobby Jenks struck out five in three innings against the team that picked him in the fifth round of the amateur draft in 2000 and put him on waivers this past winter. He has a 2.00 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 28 innings since getting recalled from the minors on July 5.
Konerko gave the White Sox a brief 5-4 lead on his solo homer to left with two outs in the fifth. The 401-foot blast was his 37th this season and his 200th with Chicago. Konerko added two doubles.
The Angels tied it in the sixth on Robb Quinlan's homer to right, his fourth of the season.
Chicago scored four runs in the fourth to take a 4-2 lead. Konerko doubled and Rowand walked, both scoring on Dye's triple off the wall in right field. Dye scored on a groundout and Uribe followed with his 13th homer.
Buehrle lasted six innings, throwing just 85 pitches. He gave up five runs on 10 hits, walking one and striking out two.
Jarrod Washburn gave up seven hits, including two homers, and five runs in his five innings. He struck out three and walked one.
|Vladimir Guerrero is all smiles after the Angels' dramatic win over the ChiSox. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Chone Figgins, CF||4||1||1||1||2||0||2||.286|
|Orlando Cabrera, SS||6||0||2||1||0||0||2||.257|
|Garret Anderson, DH||6||1||2||0||0||1||2||.289|
|Vladimir Guerrero, RF||5||2||2||0||1||1||1||.316|
|Bengie Molina, C||5||0||1||2||0||0||4||.295|
|Darin Erstad, 1B||6||0||2||1||0||2||2||.279|
|Juan Rivera, LF||6||0||0||0||0||2||3||.257|
|Robb Quinlan, 3B||4||1||1||1||1||2||0||.219|
|Zach Sorensen, 2B||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.286|
|a- Casey Kotchman, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.261|
|Adam Kennedy, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.301|
|a-flied out for Sorensen in the 11th|
|2B - Vladimir Guerrero (26, Hermanson), Zach Sorensen (1, Buehrle)|
|HR - Robb Quinlan (4, Buehrle)|
|SH - Bengie Molina (4)|
|RBI - Chone Figgins (48), Orlando Cabrera (47), Bengie Molina 2 (62), Darin Erstad (58), Robb Quinlan (9)|
|2-OUT RBI - Bengie Molina (35), Darin Erstad (22)|
|SB - Chone Figgins (49, 2nd base off Jenks/Pierzynski), Orlando Cabrera (19, 2nd base off Jenks/Pierzynski)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Outfield Assists - Juan Rivera 1|
|DP - Cabrera-Erstad, Sorensen-Erstad|
|E - Darin Erstad (4, throwing error)|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Brendan Donnelly (W,9-3)||1||1||0||0||2||0||0||3.79|
|Francisco Rodriguez (S,36)||1||0||0||0||0||3||0||2.72|
|IBB - Pierzynski by Brendan Donnelly|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Washburn 92-63, Esteban Yan 11-5, Kelvim Escobar 33-22, Scot Shields 14-5, Brendan Donnelly 21-9, Francisco Rodriguez 14-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Washburn 5-7, Esteban Yan 1-1, Kelvim Escobar 2-3|
|Batters Faced - Jarrod Washburn 23, Esteban Yan 4, Kelvim Escobar 9, Scot Shields 4, Brendan Donnelly 5, Francisco Rodriguez 3|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Pablo Ozuna, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.270|
|a- Ross Gload, PH-1B||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.120|
|Tadahito Iguchi, 2B||5||0||0||0||1||4||1||.279|
|Carl Everett, LF||5||0||0||0||1||2||0||.255|
|Paul Konerko, DH||5||2||3||1||0||0||2||.283|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||2||1||0||0||3||0||1||.274|
|Jermaine Dye, RF||5||1||1||2||0||0||3||.270|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||4||0||0||1||1||1||1||.261|
|Juan Uribe, SS||4||1||3||1||1||0||0||.259|
|Geoff Blum, 1B-3B||5||0||1||0||0||1||3||.231|
|a-flied out for Ozuna in the 10th|
|2B - Paul Konerko 2 (21, Washburn, Washburn)|
|3B - Jermaine Dye (2, Washburn)|
|HR - Paul Konerko (37, Washburn), Juan Uribe (13, Washburn)|
|RBI - Paul Konerko (90), Jermaine Dye 2 (75), A.J. Pierzynski (53), Juan Uribe (64)|
|2-OUT RBI - Paul Konerko (32), Juan Uribe (18)|
|SB - Aaron Rowand (14, 2nd base off Donnelly/Molina)|
|CS - Geoff Blum (3, 2nd base by Washburn/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Uribe-Iguchi-Blum|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Dustin Hermanson (L,1-3)||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||1.73|
|IBB - Guerrero by Cliff Politte|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 84-57, Cliff Politte 35-19, Neal Cotts 2-2, Bobby Jenks 45-33, Dustin Hermanson 8-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 6-9, Cliff Politte 1-2, Neal Cotts 1-0, Dustin Hermanson 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 28, Cliff Politte 8, Neal Cotts 1, Bobby Jenks 11, Dustin Hermanson 4|
|Attendance - 28059|
|Game Time - 3:45|
|Temperature - 75|
|Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Tim Tschida|