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Rios' second homer sends White Sox to walk-off win in 10 over Angels

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CHICAGO -- With so many players on the Chicago White Sox having stellar seasons, Alex Rios can tend to go a bit unnoticed.

In reality, he might be having the biggest season of them all.

Rios hit his second homer of the game, connecting for a two-run shot in the 10th inning Friday night that lifted the White Sox over the Los Angeles Angels 8-6.

"He's very underestimated, very undervalued for a lot of people," manager Robin Ventura said. "But for us he's been as solid as anybody in the league."

Rios also hit a solo homer as the White Sox won their third in a row. The Angels lost their third straight, with starter Zack Greinke roughed up in his second start since being acquired from Milwaukee.

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Angels manager Mike Scioscia played the game under protest after a baserunning call went against his team in the first inning.

Adam Dunn singled off Hisanori Takahashi (0-3) to open the 10th. Pinch runner Jordan Danks stole second with one out before Rios hit his 18th home run.

Rios raised his average to .318 and he has 67 RBI, a welcome change from when he hit .227 with 13 homers and 44 RBI in 145 games last season.

"After last year, what he went through, him and [Dunn], you never want to see anybody struggle like that," said A.J. Pierzynski, who also homered for the White Sox. "For him to bounce back, I couldn't be happier for a guy."

"It's nice to see him get the results he deserves," he said.

Matt Thornton (4-6) pitched a scoreless 10th for the win.

Pierzynski's three-run homer highlighted a four-run first for Chicago. It was his career-high 19th home run, one more than he hit in 2005.

"I guess I just got too fastball happy and I got myself in trouble with Pierzynski," Greinke said. "I didn't think he would be able to do that with that pitch. It was kind of where I wanted, maybe not perfect, but I was really surprised he was able to hit it as far as he did."

Greinke allowed six runs and 10 hits over seven innings.

Albert Pujols hit his fifth home run in four games for the Angels. Mike Trout also connected for Los Angeles.

Alejandro De Aza doubled home Alexei Ramirez in the seventh to make it 6-all. De Aza and Ramirez had three hits apiece.

Scioscia argued a call in the first and then played the game under protest.

With the bases loaded and no outs, Paul Konerko hit a grounder to third base. After getting the out at home, catcher Chris Iannetta threw wide to first, pulling Pujols off the bag.

Scioscia contended that Konerko was not within the base line for the last 45 feet. The umpires convened and upheld the safe call, bringing Scioscia back out for another discussion. After a second umpire meeting, Konerko was still ruled safe, prompting Scioscia's decision to play under protest.

"What took place there was a play at home and the catcher came out and threw to first," crew Chief Dana DeMuth told a pool reporter after the game. "He threw wild. Konerko going down to first was no way interfering with the play at first."

The play loomed large as Pierzynski homered with two outs.

"We're filing with the league and I think it's a very clear case in our favor," Scioscia said. "[Konerko] was inside the line, which it makes it virtually impossible for him not to affect the throw from Iannetta trying to make the throw to first base."

Trout hit a two-run homer, his 19th, in the second. Pujols hit his 23rd in the sixth, a solo drive that chased a struggling Phil Humber.

Notes

  • The White Sox sent RHP Chris Devenski to Houston as the player to be named to complete the July 21 trade for RHP Brett Myers.
  • Chicago signed OF Dewayne Wise to a minor-league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Charlotte. Wise was released by the Yankees on July 31. He is renowned in White Sox lore for a remarkable ninth-inning catch to preserve Mark Buehrle's perfect game in 2009.
  • Ervin Santana (5-10, 5.97 ERA) will start Saturday for the Angels against Gavin Floyd (8-9, 4.28).
  • White Sox manager Robin Ventura announced LHP Chris Sale (arm fatigue) will pitch Monday. Sale last pitched July 27 in Texas.
  • Angels RHP Dan Haren will pitch on Sunday. Haren was scratched from his Wednesday start due to back stiffness.
 
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Alex Rios belts his second home run of the night, and this one gives the White Sox their third straight win.  (Getty Images)
Alex Rios belts his second home run of the night, and this one gives the White Sox their third straight win. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Rios
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
Los Angeles

M. Trout
AB 6
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mike Trout, CF6122011 .347
Torii Hunter, RF6120012 .294
Albert Pujols, 1B5121113 .288
Mark Trumbo, LF5011023 .295
Kendrys Morales, DH4120110 .276
Alberto Callaspo, 3B3100212 .245
Howard Kendrick, 2B4011101 .281
Maicer Izturis, SS5021001 .248
Chris Iannetta, C3110104 .208
    Peter Bourjos, PR0000000 .226
    Bobby Wilson, C0000100 .229
Totals41613677  
Batting
2B - Torii Hunter (15, Humber), Albert Pujols (30, Humber)
HR - Mike Trout (19, Humber), Albert Pujols (23, Humber)
RBI - Mike Trout 2 (57), Albert Pujols (74), Mark Trumbo (71), Howard Kendrick (36), Maicer Izturis (16)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Trout 2 (19), Albert Pujols (26), Mark Trumbo (19), Howard Kendrick (11), Maicer Izturis (4)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Mark Trumbo 1
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zack Greinke 71066242 3.61
Kevin Jepsen 1000110 4.26
Jason Isringhausen 1000020 2.97
Hisanori Takahashi (L,0-3)0111000 4.95
David Carpenter 0.1111011 4.19
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 112-72, Kevin Jepsen 19-10, Jason Isringhausen 16-13, Hisanori Takahashi 5-2, David Carpenter 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 11-4, Kevin Jepsen 1-1, Jason Isringhausen 1-0
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 31, Kevin Jepsen 4, Jason Isringhausen 3, Hisanori Takahashi 1, David Carpenter 2
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alejandro De Aza, CF5031010 .291
Kevin Youkilis, 3B4110111 .239
Adam Dunn, DH4010112 .211
    Jordan Danks, PR-DH0100000 .314
Paul Konerko, 1B5100016 .319
Alex Rios, RF5334000 .318
A.J. Pierzynski, C3113110 .289
Dayan Viciedo, LF4000021 .252
Alexei Ramirez, SS4130001 .269
Gordon Beckham, 2B3000011 .229
Totals37812838  
Batting
2B - Alejandro De Aza (22, Greinke)
HR - Alex Rios 2 (18, Greinke, Carpenter), A.J. Pierzynski (19, Greinke)
SH - Gordon Beckham (5)
RBI - Alejandro De Aza (43), Alex Rios 4 (67), A.J. Pierzynski 3 (58)
2-OUT RBI - A.J. Pierzynski 3 (26)
SB - Jordan Danks (2, 2nd base off Carpenter/Wilson)
CS - Alexei Ramirez (4, 2nd base by Greinke/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - A. Ramirez-Beckham-Konerko, Beckham-A. Ramirez-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Philip Humber 5.21066412 6.14
Nate Jones 1.1100110 3.32
Brett Myers 1100120 3.06
Jesse Crain 1000020 2.33
Matt Thornton (W,4-6) 1100110 3.52
IBB - Pujols by Brett Myers
WP - Brett Myers (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Philip Humber 109-67, Nate Jones 19-11, Brett Myers 21-11, Jesse Crain 15-9, Matt Thornton 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Philip Humber 10-5, Nate Jones 1-1, Brett Myers 1-0, Matt Thornton 2-0
Batters Faced - Philip Humber 30, Nate Jones 5, Brett Myers 5, Jesse Crain 3, Matt Thornton 5
Game Information
Attendance - 32060
Game Time - 3:35
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Lance Barrett, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Doug Eddings