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Podsednik's two-out single lifts ChiSox past Angels in walk-off victory

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CHICAGO -- Scott Podsednik is making a nice run at the AL Comeback Player of the Year award and he might be a most unlikely team MVP.

Picked up off the scrap heap in April, Podsednik on Tuesday night delivered his third game-ending hit this season. His RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning lifted the Chicago White Sox to a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

"I don't think this ballclub would be fighting for the pennant without Pods," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "This kid put an injection in this ballclub. He's gotten huge hits. He's been great for us."

Podsednik, who became an instant White Sox favorite when his ninth-inning homer won Game 2 of the 2005 World Series, is happy to be in the majors at all.

Chicago cut him after an injury-filled 2007 and he struggled the following year with Colorado, which waived him before this season. Podsednik was sitting around doing nothing when the White Sox, desperate for a leadoff hitter, called.

The speedy 33-year-old is batting .303 and, after filling in superbly for injured left fielder Carlos Quentin, has solidified what had been an iffy center-field position.

"I had a couple of off years in '07 and '08 and then kind of disappeared at the beginning of this season," Podsednik said, "so it's nice to get the opportunity to come here and play and take advantage of it."

After Kevin Jepsen (3-3) retired the ninth inning's first two batters, he allowed Jayson Nix's double. Podsednik followed with a line drive to right-center field and was mobbed by his teammates as Nix scored.

"My slider's been working good," Jepsen said. "If I throw the same pitch in a better location, it's a pop-up or a groundball. Instead, it didn't end up where I wanted and ... game over."

Matt Thornton (6-2), the fourth reliever to pitch effectively after wild-throwing White Sox starter Jose Contreras lasted only 2 2/3 innings, picked up the win as Chicago pulled within a game of Detroit in the AL Central.

Before beating the Angels, the White Sox had taken three of four from the New York Yankees. Each team had the AL's best record at the time.

"It shows our caliber of play," said D.J. Carrasco, who kept Chicago in the game with four innings of two-hit, one-run relief. "If we get to the playoffs, these are the types of teams we expect to play."

The Angels entered with a five-game winning streak and with victories in their last eight road games. They had won 16 of 19 on the road and 34 of 45 overall.

John Lackey gave up early home runs to Gordon Beckham and Quentin but went on to allow only three earned runs and five hits in eight innings. Still, he remained 3-5 lifetime against the White Sox.

"I just need to find a little luck in this place," Lackey said. "I've thrown the ball good here a few times, but I haven't gotten much out of it."

After a pregame ceremony in which the White Sox honored Mark Buehrle for his July 23 perfect game, Contreras was anything but perfect in blowing an early 2-0 lead.

He walked five batters and surrendered three third-inning runs after walking the bases loaded. Two runs scored on Bobby Abreu's single and the other on a wild pitch. Since a six-start stretch in which his command was exceptional and he had a 2.06 ERA, Contreras is 0-3 in four outings with 15 walks and a 6.52 ERA.

Paul Konerko's sacrifice fly tied it in Chicago's third before Abreu, who has an AL-high 55 RBI since June 1, gave the Angels a 4-3 lead with a fifth-inning sacrifice fly.

The White Sox pulled even in the seventh when Podsednik's two-out bunt attempt resulted in a pop-up over the infield that landed just inside the left-field foul line for a fortuitous double. Beckham followed with an RBI single. Those were the only hits Lackey allowed in his final 5 2/3 innings.

Notes

  • White Sox closer Bobby Jenks was unavailable for the game because he had to be treated for a kidney stone.
  • Angels DH Vladimir Guerrero was activated from the DL and went 1 for 3 with a walk. The Angels are 20-22 with him in the lineup, 43-19 without the eight-time All-Star.
  • As part of the pregame ceremony, the words "THE CATCH" were unveiled on the wall in left-center field where Dewayne Wise made the homer-robbing grab that preserved Buehrle's perfect game.
  • White Sox SS Alexei Ramirez missed his fifth consecutive game with a sprained right ankle.
 
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Scott Podsednik (center) is swarmed by teammates after his third walk-off hit of the season.  (US Presswire)
Scott Podsednik (center) is swarmed by teammates after his third walk-off hit of the season. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Chicago

S. Podsednik
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Anaheim

B. Abreu
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B2200311 .311
Maicer Izturis, 2B3010112 .302
Bobby Abreu, RF3013000 .322
Vladimir Guerrero, DH3010111 .291
Juan Rivera, LF4000023 .312
Kendry Morales, 1B4000011 .296
Erick Aybar, SS3110100 .309
Gary Matthews Jr., CF3110101 .246
Jeff Mathis, C2000020 .197
   a- Mike Napoli, PH-C1000011 .292
Totals2845379  
a-struck out for Mathis in the 9th
Batting
SF - Bobby Abreu (5)
SH - Jeff Mathis (6)
RBI - Bobby Abreu 3 (76)
2-OUT RBI - Bobby Abreu 2 (22)
CS - Chone Figgins (12, 2nd base by Contreras/Pierzynski), Maicer Izturis (3, 2nd base by Williams/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Chone Figgins (12, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Angels
John Lackey 8543272 3.96
Kevin Jepsen (L,3-3) 0.2211010 6.66
WP - John Lackey (6)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 113-74, Kevin Jepsen 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 6-13, Kevin Jepsen 1-0
Batters Faced - John Lackey 33, Kevin Jepsen 4
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, CF5121011 .303
Gordon Beckham, 3B4122000 .316
Jermaine Dye, RF4110021 .279
Jim Thome, DH3000110 .250
Paul Konerko, 1B2001100 .287
A.J. Pierzynski, C4000003 .311
Carlos Quentin, LF4111010 .227
Chris Getz, 2B4000010 .268
Jayson Nix, SS4110020 .225
Totals3457528  
Batting
2B - Scott Podsednik (14, Lackey), Jayson Nix (9, Jepsen)
HR - Gordon Beckham (6, Lackey), Carlos Quentin (11, Lackey)
SF - Paul Konerko (7)
RBI - Scott Podsednik (33), Gordon Beckham 2 (38), Paul Konerko (69), Carlos Quentin (25)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Podsednik (11), Gordon Beckham (14)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
PB - A.J. Pierzynski (4)
Chicago White Sox
Jose Contreras 2.2133530 4.95
D.J. Carrasco 4211250 3.95
Randy Williams 0.2000000 0.00
Tony Pena 0.1100000 4.47
Matt Thornton (W,6-2) 1.1100010 2.80
WP - Jose Contreras 2 (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Contreras 66-36, D.J. Carrasco 58-36, Randy Williams 9-6, Tony Pena 5-3, Matt Thornton 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Contreras 3-1, D.J. Carrasco 3-4, Randy Williams 1-0, Matt Thornton 1-2
Batters Faced - Jose Contreras 13, D.J. Carrasco 16, Randy Williams 1, Tony Pena 2, Matt Thornton 5
Game Information
Attendance - 30228
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Paul Nauert