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Colon AL's first to 19 wins as Angels handle White Sox

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Bartolo Colon knew he was going to make this start.

The Los Angeles Angels' ace was questionable for Saturday's game against the White Sox because of tightness in his lower back. After watching the Angels win in 12 innings Friday night, he didn't want to let his teammates down.

Colon won his eighth straight decision to become the American League's first 19-game winner and Garret Anderson backed him with a three-run homer, leading the Angels over Chicago 10-5 Saturday.

"I knew yesterday around BP time that I was going to be able to throw today," Colon said through a translator. "We're fighting for something here. I saw the effort yesterday by the guys in the bullpen and I knew I needed to push myself a little more."

Colon (19-6) allowed two runs and four hits in six innings, throwing 111 pitches. He is 8-0 in 10 starts since losing to Minnesota on July 16.

"I feel a lot better right now just by making this start," Colon said. "I will make the next start."

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said the team was watching Colon carefully before and during the game to make sure he was healthy. Colon struggled early, walking three in the second inning, but he walked only one more.

"His velocity was good, his command was not as crisp as it has been," Scioscia said. "In the deep counts he ran, he came back and made some terrific pitches. When he had to make a pitch, he did."

The Angels, who began the day with a one-game lead over second-place Oakland in the AL West, won their second straight over the White Sox. Chicago has lost three in a row overall and six of seven to AL West teams.

"Today we were just beaten in every aspect of the game," Chicago's Paul Konerko said. "We were just pounded."

Jon Garland (17-9) failed to hold a two-run lead and gave up seven runs and eight hits in six innings, his ERA rising from 3.28 to 3.51. He is 9-9 with two no-decisions since winning his first eight starts.

"It's what everybody wants, perfection," Garland said of expectations. "It's a grind out here. It's a tough game. It's not easy to go out and win a ballgame."

It was the second straight poor performance by a White Sox starter. On Friday, Mark Buehrle gave up five runs and 10 hits in six innings.

"They have been pitching well, they just had some bad outings," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I just want them to pitch well enough for us to win."

The Angels tied it 2-all in the third when Jose Molina hit an RBI double and scored on Orlando Cabrera's single, and Steve Finley hit a solo homer in the fourth. Anderson's homer boosted the margin to 6-2 in the fifth.

"It's hard to recover from that punch," Guillen said. "The way Colon was pitching and we were hitting, it was a big shot."

Jeff DaVanon hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth, and the Angels got three more runs in the seventh off David Sanders. Chone Figgins hit a leadoff homer and Anderson had an RBI double -- Cabrera appeared to be tagged out by catcher A.J. Pierzynski but was called safe by home plate umpire Dan Iassogna, triggering arguments from Pierzynski and Guillen. Vladimir Guerrero added a sacrifice fly.

Aaron Rowand hit an RBI single in the first. Juan Uribe doubled in the second and Colon walked three straight batters, forcing in a run.

Notes

  • Los Angeles has won two in a row on the road after losing six straight.
  • The Angels took a 5-4 lead in the season series.
  • Chicago's Joe Crede stopped an 0-for-22 skid with a double in the seventh and added an RBI single in the eighth. He was activated from the 15-day DL (broken right middle finger) before the game.
  • Of the 21 homers off Garland this year, 17 have been by left-handed hitters.
  • White Sox C Raul Casanova had his first hit since May 12, 2002.
  • Anderson homered for the first time since Aug. 2.
 
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Garret Anderson gets to the plate after hitting one of three home runs for the Angels.  (AP)
Garret Anderson gets to the plate after hitting one of three home runs for the Angels. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

S. Podsednik
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Anaheim

G. Anderson
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B5111002 .285
Orlando Cabrera, SS3221100 .260
    Maicer Izturis, SS1000010 .250
Garret Anderson, LF5224011 .290
Vladimir Guerrero, DH4001001 .314
Darin Erstad, 1B3110000 .279
    Casey Kotchman, 1B1000010 .258
Steve Finley, CF4121000 .219
Jeff DaVanon, RF2101100 .237
Jose Molina, C4111001 .221
Adam Kennedy, 2B3110001 .301
Totals35101010236 
Batting
2B - Garret Anderson (29, Sanders), Jose Molina (4, Garland)
HR - Chone Figgins (7, Sanders), Garret Anderson (14, Garland), Steve Finley (10, Garland)
SF - Vladimir Guerrero (4), Jeff DaVanon (2)
SH - Adam Kennedy (4)
RBI - Chone Figgins (49), Orlando Cabrera (48), Garret Anderson 4 (80), Vladimir Guerrero (96), Steve Finley (49), Jeff DaVanon (15), Jose Molina (19)
2-OUT RBI - Orlando Cabrera (18), Garret Anderson 3 (33), Steve Finley (23)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Kennedy-Cabrera-Erstad, Figgins-Kennedy-Kotchman
Los Angeles Angels
Bartolo Colon (W,19-6) 6422450 3.23
Esteban Yan 0.2422000 4.17
Jason Christiansen 0.1100010 5.44
Kevin Gregg 2411020 5.57
HBP - Rowand (by Bartolo Colon)
Pitches-Strikes - Bartolo Colon 111-65, Esteban Yan 16-11, Jason Christiansen 7-4, Kevin Gregg 43-29
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bartolo Colon 5-7, Esteban Yan 1-0, Kevin Gregg 3-1
Batters Faced - Bartolo Colon 26, Esteban Yan 5, Jason Christiansen 2, Kevin Gregg 10
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF4231101 .288
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B1001101 .278
   a- Willie Harris, PH-2B2010011 .250
Aaron Rowand, CF2011003 .275
   b- Brian Anderson, PH-CF2000011 .185
Paul Konerko, 1B2000113 .281
   c- Ross Gload, PH-1B2011000 .148
Carl Everett, DH3000024 .253
   d- Joe Borchard, PH-DH20200001.000
A.J. Pierzynski, C3000001 .259
   e- Raul Casanova, PH-C2010012 .333
Juan Uribe, SS3110000 .260
   f- Geoff Blum, PH-SS2000002 .230
Timo Perez, RF4110021 .226
Joe Crede, 3B3121100 .236
Totals3751354820 
a-singled for Iguchi in the 7th
b-grounded into a double play for Rowand in the 7th
c-singled for Konerko in the 7th
d-singled for Everett in the 7th
e-struck out for Pierzynski in the 7th
f-fouled out for Uribe in the 8th
Batting
2B - Scott Podsednik 2 (26, Colon, Yan), Joe Borchard (1, Gregg), Juan Uribe (19, Colon), Timo Perez (8, Gregg), Joe Crede (18, Yan)
SH - Tadahito Iguchi (10)
RBI - Scott Podsednik (23), Tadahito Iguchi (59), Aaron Rowand (62), Ross Gload (3), Joe Crede (49)
2-OUT RBI - Tadahito Iguchi (25), Ross Gload (2)
Team LOB - 11
Chicago White Sox
Jon Garland (L,17-9) 6877112 3.51
David Sanders 1233111 13.50
Jeff Bajenaru 2000010 0.00
WP - Jeff Bajenaru (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 88-60, David Sanders 18-11, Jeff Bajenaru 25-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 9-8, Jeff Bajenaru 1-5
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 27, David Sanders 6, Jeff Bajenaru 7
Game Information
Attendance - 26538
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Ron Kulpa