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Angels 12, White Sox 5

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- The Los Angeles Angels' dry spell ended on a rainy night in Chicago.

The Angels scored a season-high six runs in the top of the ninth and ended a three-game losing streak with a 12-5 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.

"That was huge for us," Tim Salmon said. "It just seems like we were waiting for them to take it from us. ... The floodgates kind of opened after that. Maybe a collective sigh of relief as a group."

Garret Anderson hit a three-run double, Juan Rivera drove in three runs and the Los Angeles Angels scored a season high in runs. The Angels led 6-5 before exploding for a season-high six runs off four White Sox relievers.

"Eventually guys are going to do the things they're capable of doing," Anderson said. "It was just good to see guys do what they're capable of."

The Angels battered the White Sox bullpen in the ninth as rain fell on U.S. Cellular Field. Salmon had an RBI single, Rivera a two-run double, Robb Quinlan an RBI double and Jose Molina a two-run homer, his first of the season. Los Angeles had managed only three runs and 11 hits in its three previous games, all losses.

"The whole game on the offensive side was important," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "It was good to break out and get a little distance against a terrific bullpen."

The Angels won for only the third time in their last 13 games. They had lost eight in a row to the White Sox, dating to last season's AL Championship Series. Chicago swept a three-game series in Anaheim last month and beat the Angels 9-1 on Tuesday.

Ervin Santana (3-1) gave up three runs and three hits in six innings, striking out seven. Francisco Rodriguez pitched 1 1/3 innings to earn his 10th save in 11 chances.

Santana retired the first 11 batters, striking out five in that span, and had a no-hitter going until A.J. Pierzynski's ground-rule double in the fifth. One out later, Santana hit Juan Uribe and gave up a three-run homer to Brian Anderson.

"I've been practicing in the bullpen keeping the ball down and throwing first-pitch strikes," Santana said. "In the game I tried to do that. I'm very happy with my performance today."

The White Sox added two more runs in the seventh off Brendan Donnelly. Scott Podsednik and Tadahito Iguchi each hit RBI singles in the inning.

The Angels took a 4-0 lead in the third, finding the solution to their recent anemic offense: rookie knuckleballer Charlie Haeger.

Haeger (0-1) had a rough start in his major league debut for the White Sox, giving up six runs and five hits with six walks in 4 1/3 innings. He got off to a shaky beginning, walking three in a 29-pitch first inning. He managed to escape unscathed thanks to a double-play grounder by Vladimir Guerrero.

"Is there an approach against a knuckleballer?" Salmon said. "I think everybody, the hitter, the catcher, the umpire, they were all struggling back there."

Haeger struck out Adam Kennedy to lead off the third inning but Kennedy made it to first on a passed ball. Haeger then walked Chone Figgins and Orlando Cabrera and Kennedy scored on Guerrero's single off a diving Joe Crede's glove. Garret Anderson cleared the bases with a double to right.

"You don't know what to expect with a knuckleballer," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "It can be real good or it can be real ugly. I think this kid threw a couple good innings. In the beginning of the game you could see he was rushing and his stuff wasn't there."

Haeger left in the fifth after giving up a walk and three singles. Salmon and Rivera each knocked in runs in the inning. He was sent back down to Triple-A after the game, spending less than a day in the majors.

"Call it what you want, first-game jitters, I guess," Haeger said. "I was just quick out there. I felt fast."

Brandon McCarthy pitched well in relief, giving up two runs and two hits in a season-high four innings. He will start Monday in Minnesota in Jose Contreras' spot.

Haeger, 3-0 with a 0.68 ERA for Triple-A Charlotte, was called up before Wednesday's game to start in place of Contreras, who went on the disabled list with sciatica in his right leg.

Notes

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen still believes that Kelvim Escobar hit Pierzynski on purpose when the teams met in Anaheim last month. Escobar denies he did it intentionally. "He does whatever he wants to do, but do I think he hit him on purpose? Yes," Guillen said. Escobar denied any wrongdoing. "I'm going to pitch my game so I don't want to worry about that stuff," he said. ... The Angels had been hitting just .199 in the first seven games of their road trip (2-5) and were outscored 34-17.

 
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Angels starter Ervin Santana strikes out seven in six innings, while walking only one.  (AP)
Angels starter Ervin Santana strikes out seven in six innings, while walking only one. (AP)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

T. Salmon
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Chicago

B. Anderson
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B3100200
Orlando Cabrera, SS2310300
Vladimir Guerrero, RF4321101
    Dallas McPherson, 1B0000000
Garret Anderson, LF4013124
Tim Salmon, DH5132003
Juan Rivera, CF5023002
    Tommy Murphy, PR-CF0100000
Robb Quinlan, 1B-RF5111013
Jose Molina, C5112022
Adam Kennedy, 2B5100020
Totals381211127715 
Batting
2B - Orlando Cabrera (, McCarthy), Garret Anderson (, Haeger), Juan Rivera (, Jenks), Robb Quinlan (, Thornton)
HR - Jose Molina (, Thornton)
RBI - Vladimir Guerrero (), Garret Anderson 3 (), Tim Salmon 2 (), Juan Rivera 3 (), Robb Quinlan (), Jose Molina 2 ()
2-OUT RBI - Tim Salmon (), Juan Rivera 2 (), Robb Quinlan (), Jose Molina 2 ()
SB - Chone Figgins (, 2nd base off Haeger/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Kennedy-Quinlan
E - Chone Figgins (, misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Angels
Ervin Santana (W,-) 6333171
Brendan Donnelly (H,) 0.2322000
Scot Shields (H,) 1100120
Francisco Rodriguez (S,) 1.1000020
HBP - Uribe (by Ervin Santana)
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 99-61, Brendan Donnelly 16-11, Scot Shields 21-14, Francisco Rodriguez 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 4-7, Brendan Donnelly 1-1, Francisco Rodriguez 1-1
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 23, Brendan Donnelly 5, Scot Shields 5, Francisco Rodriguez 4
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF4011120
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B4011011
Jim Thome, DH4000032
Paul Konerko, 1B3010101
    Pablo Ozuna, PR0000000
    Ross Gload, 1B0000000
Jermaine Dye, RF4000012
A.J. Pierzynski, C4220021
Joe Crede, 3B4000013
Juan Uribe, SS3100010
Brian Anderson, CF4223000
Totals3457521110 
Batting
2B - A.J. Pierzynski (, Santana)
HR - Brian Anderson (, Santana)
RBI - Scott Podsednik (), Tadahito Iguchi (), Brian Anderson 3 ()
2-OUT RBI - Scott Podsednik (), Tadahito Iguchi (), Brian Anderson 3 ()
SB - Pablo Ozuna (, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Molina)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Crede-Konerko
PB - A.J. Pierzynski 3 ()
Chicago White Sox
Charlie Haeger (L,-) 4.1565620
Brandon McCarthy 4222130
Neal Cotts 0.1000010
Bobby Jenks0222000
Matt Thornton 0.1222011
IBB - Guerrero by Brandon McCarthy
Pitches-Strikes - Charlie Haeger 113-61, Brandon McCarthy 54-34, Neal Cotts 4-3, Bobby Jenks 6-3, Matt Thornton 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Charlie Haeger 5-6, Brandon McCarthy 6-3
Batters Faced - Charlie Haeger 24, Brandon McCarthy 15, Neal Cotts 1, Bobby Jenks 2, Matt Thornton 3
Game Information
Attendance - 31034
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Kerwin Danley