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Figgins, red-hot Angels drop ChiSox with game-winning single in 11th

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Chone Figgins was struggling at the plate, so Angels manager Mike Scioscia dropped his leadoff hitter to ninth in the order a week ago. It's certainly taken some pressure off Los Angeles' most versatile player.

Figgins singled home the winning run in the 11th inning, giving the Angels a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night and tightening up the AL West race.

"It takes me a long time to get to the plate now," Figgins said with a grin after his sixth game in the 9-hole. "But it doesn't bother me, as long as I'm getting an opportunity to play and help the team win. I've been talking a lot to Garret Anderson and he told me, `There's nothing you can do about it. Just continue to go up there and swing. Maybe you'll find the holes when the time is right.' And lately, it's been the right time."

Bobby Jenks (3-4) gave up a leadoff single to Anderson in the 11th and pinch-runner Tommy Murphy advanced on a sacrifice bunt by pinch-hitter Reggie Willits. Adam Kennedy batted for Jose Molina and was intentionally walked. Howie Kendrick grounded into a force at second, but Figgins lined a 2-0 pitch to center for the game-winning hit.

"It's tough to come through in a big moment," Figgins said. "I was just looking for a pitch to drive and hit it hard somewhere. I'm glad I was able to get an opportunity to contribute tonight. The guys stuck together and we pulled out a big one."

Hector Carrasco (5-3) allowed one hit over two innings for the win. Juan Rivera hit a two-run homer in the first inning for the Angels, but grounded into double plays in the eighth and 10th with the potential go-ahead run in scoring position.

Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez walked Paul Konerko with one out in the ninth, and pinch-runner Jerry Owens advanced to third on a line drive by A.J. Pierzynski that fooled right fielder Vladimir Guerrero and sailed over his head for a single. But Joe Crede struck out and Rob Mackowiak grounded out on K-Rod's 24th pitch of the inning, extending the right-hander's scoreless streak to 29 1/3 innings.

"We had a few chances tonight but we didn't do any damage," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "K-Rod's thrown the ball good all year long and he's been a big key for them. When you come to the West Coast, a lot of people ask why you struggle. It's because of the pitching. The Angels have a real respectable bullpen, one of the best in the game."

Los Angeles won for the eighth time in 10 tries and trimmed Oakland's lead in the division to 4½ games. The Athletics lost 7-5 at Minnesota, leaving the defending World Series champion White Sox four games behind AL Central-leading Detroit and 2½ behind the Twins in the wild-card race.

"It stinks, obviously," Mackowiak said. "We don't look forward to falling back even more, but it seems like Minnesota wins every day. So we can't really afford to lose too many more. All we can do is come back tomorrow and be ready to play."

Ervin Santana took a three-hit shutout into the fifth before the White Sox grabbed a 3-2 lead on Mackowiak's RBI single and a bases-loaded, two-run single by Tadahito Iguchi. The Angels tied it in the sixth against Mark Buehrle on Anderson's bloop single.

Buerhle allowed three runs and eight hits over seven innings. The left-hander became the first pitcher in White Sox history to make 30 or more starts in six consecutive seasons, but he didn't have much time to enjoy the moment -- just 17 pitches.

His next delivery was about a foot off the ground and inside, but Rivera managed to get the barrel of the bat on it and golfed it just inside the left-field pole for his 22nd home run after a two-out walk to Guerrero. Rivera came in 3-for-20 lifetime against Buehrle.

Santana allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings, striking out five and walking one.

Notes

  • Buehrle gave up a single after Rivera's homer, then retired his next eight batters on groundballs.
  • Buehrle has allowed 31 homers, two fewer than his career-worst in 2004. He is 5-10 in 21 starts when he gives up a home run, and 7-2 in nine starts when he doesn't.
  • Chicago DH Jim Thome needs one home run to join Alex Rodriguez as the only players in major league history to hit 40 or more with three teams.
  • Scott Podsednik was 26-for-28 on steal attempts of third base with the White Sox before Molina threw him out in the fifth.
  • Los Angeles had lost its previous seven home games to the White Sox, a drought that began with the final three games of the ALCS.
  • The Angels have a one-game lead over Chicago in the all-time regular-season series since their first meeting in 1961 (321-320).
 
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The Angels' Chone Figgins can't help but smile after driving in the game-winning run in the 11th inning.  (AP)
The Angels' Chone Figgins can't help but smile after driving in the game-winning run in the 11th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

G. Anderson
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Chicago

J. Crede
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF4010100
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B5012010
Jermaine Dye, RF5000022
Jim Thome, DH5010011
Paul Konerko, 1B3000111
    Jerry Owens, PR0000000
    Ross Gload, 1B1010000
A.J. Pierzynski, C5120001
Joe Crede, 3B4120012
Rob Mackowiak, CF4111003
    Brian Anderson, CF0000000
Juan Uribe, SS3000000
Totals393932610 
Batting
2B - Ross Gload (, Carrasco)
SH - Juan Uribe ()
RBI - Tadahito Iguchi 2 (), Rob Mackowiak ()
CS - Scott Podsednik (, 3rd base by Santana/Molina)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Uribe-Iguchi-Konerko, Iguchi-Uribe-Konerko, Crede-Iguchi-Gload
Chicago White Sox
Mark Buehrle 7833121
Dustin Hermanson 0.2100100
Matt Thornton 1.2200010
Bobby Jenks (L,-) 1.1211200
IBB - Guerrero by Dustin Hermanson, Guerrero by Bobby Jenks, by Kennedy
WP - Bobby Jenks ()
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 91-61, Dustin Hermanson 11-5, Matt Thornton 21-19, Bobby Jenks 26-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 12-5, Dustin Hermanson 1-0, Matt Thornton 3-1, Bobby Jenks 3-0
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 28, Dustin Hermanson 3, Matt Thornton 7, Bobby Jenks 7
Los Angeles Angels
Maicer Izturis, 3B5010001
Orlando Cabrera, SS5020001
Vladimir Guerrero, RF2210300
Juan Rivera, LF5112003
Garret Anderson, DH5031001
    Tommy Murphy, PR-DH0100000
Robb Quinlan, 1B4010012
   a- Reggie Willits, PH0000000
Jose Molina, C4010000
   b- Adam Kennedy, PH0000100
Howie Kendrick, 2B5020013
Chone Figgins, CF5011012
Totals4041344313 
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Quinlan in the 11th
b-was walked intentionally for Molina in the 11th
Batting
2B - Orlando Cabrera (, Hermanson), Vladimir Guerrero (, Buehrle), Howie Kendrick (, Buehrle)
HR - Juan Rivera (, Buehrle)
SH - Reggie Willits ()
RBI - Juan Rivera 2 (), Garret Anderson (), Chone Figgins ()
2-OUT RBI - Juan Rivera 2 (), Chone Figgins ()
CS - Maicer Izturis (, 2nd base by Buehrle/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Kendrick-Quinlan
Los Angeles Angels
Ervin Santana 7733150
Scot Shields 1000000
Francisco Rodriguez 1100110
Hector Carrasco (W,-) 2100000
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 113-76, Scot Shields 7-6, Francisco Rodriguez 24-13, Hector Carrasco 27-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 8-6, Scot Shields 3-0, Francisco Rodriguez 2-0, Hector Carrasco 4-2
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 27, Scot Shields 3, Francisco Rodriguez 5, Hector Carrasco 7
Game Information
Attendance - 39304
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Bruce Froemming, Third Base - Paul Emmel