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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Timing is everything for a hitter, even when he doesn't make contact.
Jeff Keppinger walked with the bases loaded to drive in the go-ahead run - his first base on balls in 141 plate appearances this season -- and the Chicago White Sox rallied with three runs in the eighth to beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-4 on Thursday night for their season-high third straight road win.
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"It was a good time to get one," Keppinger said. "We're sitting at the bottom of the division so any win we can get now moves us up."
The Angels aren't quite that low -- they've got last-place Houston beat in the AL West - but they continued to stumble. Their bullpen wasted a two-run lead as the club lost its second straight and dropped to 8-12 at home.
"You've got to start a streak somewhere, and we're going to have to do something pretty special to get back into it," Mark Trumbo said. "If you let enough of them slide, you're not going to be able to do that."
Addison Reed pitched the ninth to earn his 13th save in 14 chances.
"That's how we've been playing and we're going to continue to play - never giving up no matter what the score is," Reed said. "Our offense was awesome."
Dane Del La Rosa (1-1) took the loss, giving up all three runs in the eighth.
He had pitched two perfect innings with three strikeouts against the White Sox last Friday. The walk was the third in a row issued by Michael Kohn, who threw 12 of his final 14 pitches out of the strike zone.
"It seemed like their guy just lost it there," Keppinger said.
Kohn called it an off-night.
"My job is to come in and keep those guys on base. Unfortunately, I didn't do that," he said. "Obviously, you want to be down in the zone. But when I'm up like that, it's probably spinning off my hand too much because I'm trying to do too much. The old saying is less is more."
All seven of the games between the two teams are taking place in a span of 10 days. The series is tied 2-2, with three more in Anaheim.
"I don't know if you're necessarily rooting for that, but it was at a good time for us," Chicago manager Robin Ventura said about the third walk. "I just like the way the offense battles."
Howie Kendrick gave the Angels a 4-2 lead when he doubled to deep left-center in the sixth, scoring Trumbo, who walked, and Josh Hamilton, who singled to right. White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo scrambled to track the ball over his shoulder, but he misplayed it and Hamilton easily beat the throw to the plate.
Chicago tied the game at 2 in the fifth when Conor Gillaspie doubled to lead off, took third on a groundout and scored when Keppinger was safe at first on shortstop Erick Aybar's fielding error with the infield in.
Chicago led 1-0 in the fourth on a towering homer by Rios with two outs, extending his hitting streak to a season-high 11 games. The ball just cleared both bullpens in left field and landed in the first few rows of seats.
Angels starter Jerome Williams allowed two runs and five hits in six-plus innings, struck out three and walked none.
Making his second straight start against the Angels, Quintana gave up four runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings, struck out four and walked three.
|Jeff Keppinger walks with the bases loaded to drive in the go-ahead run -- his first base on balls this season. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Chicago White Sox|
|Alejandro De Aza, CF-LF||5||1||2||0||0||2||1||.261|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||5||1||1||0||0||0||0||.278|
|Alex Rios, RF||5||1||1||1||0||1||0||.289|
|Adam Dunn, 1B||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||.167|
|Paul Konerko, DH||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.216|
|Conor Gillaspie, 3B||3||1||1||0||1||0||1||.294|
|Dayan Viciedo, LF||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.275|
|Dewayne Wise, PR-CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Jeff Keppinger, 2B||3||0||1||2||1||0||0||.188|
|Tyler Flowers, C||4||0||0||0||0||3||6||.202|
|2B - Adam Dunn (4, Williams), Conor Gillaspie (5, Williams)|
|HR - Alex Rios (9, Williams)|
|RBI - Alex Rios (21), Adam Dunn (19), Jeff Keppinger 2 (10)|
|2-OUT RBI - Alex Rios (7), Jeff Keppinger (3)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Outfield Assists - Alex Rios 1|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Matt Lindstrom (W,2-2)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.50|
|Jesse Crain (H,11)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.95|
|Addison Reed (S,13)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.50|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jose Quintana 111-66, Matt Lindstrom 7-4, Jesse Crain 19-13, Addison Reed 10-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Quintana 8-7, Jesse Crain 2-1, Addison Reed 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Jose Quintana 28, Matt Lindstrom 1, Jesse Crain 4, Addison Reed 3|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Erick Aybar, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.266|
|Mike Trout, CF||3||1||0||0||1||1||1||.287|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||4||1||1||2||0||0||0||.248|
|Mark Trumbo, RF||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.263|
|Josh Hamilton, DH||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.215|
|Howie Kendrick, 2B||4||0||2||2||0||1||1||.296|
|Alberto Callaspo, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.269|
|Chris Iannetta, C||2||0||1||0||1||0||1||.202|
|a- Hank Conger, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|J.B. Shuck, LF||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.293|
|a-flied out for Iannetta in the 9th|
|2B - Mark Trumbo (11, Crain), Howie Kendrick (4, Quintana)|
|HR - Albert Pujols (7, Quintana)|
|SH - J.B. Shuck 2 (3)|
|RBI - Albert Pujols 2 (25), Howie Kendrick 2 (20)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Aybar-Pujols|
|PB - Chris Iannetta (4)|
|E - Erick Aybar 2 (6, Misplayed grounder)|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Scott Downs (H,8)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.63|
|Dane De La Rosa (BS,1; L,1-1)||1||4||3||3||0||2||0||4.79|
|WP - Dane De La Rosa (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jerome Williams 74-45, Scott Downs 6-3, Dane De La Rosa 23-15, Michael Kohn 18-5, Robert Coello 19-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jerome Williams 8-7, Scott Downs 1-0, Michael Kohn 1-0, Robert Coello 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Jerome Williams 23, Scott Downs 1, Dane De La Rosa 7, Michael Kohn 4, Robert Coello 4|
|Attendance - 37711|
|Game Time - 3:08|
|Temperature - 66|
|Umpires - Home - John Tumpane, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - John Hirschbeck|