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Callaspo also had a pair of sacrifice flies to give him five RBIs on the day. Mark Trumbo added his 10th homer for the Angels, who finished with a season-high 17 hits less than 24 hours after Chris Sale shut them down for the second time in six days with a 3-0 win.
"No game is ugly. It's just a game, no matter how you win it or how you lose it," Angels slugger Albert Pujols said. "I mean, you look at their ballclub and there's no easy out on their side, either. But when we get it going, we're a pretty good ballclub and we can score runs at any time in the game."
Robert Coello (1-0) recorded his first major league victory, retiring all five batters he faced and striking out three after another ineffective performance by Blanton.
"Those were five huge outs to get in the middle of the game, and we need that kind of contribution from our bullpen," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's got a really good out pitch, he's got life on his fastball, and he throws strikes. That's a good combination."
Hector Gimenez had four hits and three RBIs for the White Sox, who allowed only 10 runs during their winning streak. Paul Konerko and Alexei Ramirez had three hits apiece, and Adam Dunn drove in two runs before leaving in the fifth because of back spasms.
"I felt it in the on-deck circle before my last at-bat," Dunn said. "I was going through my same stretching routine, and when I came up it just grabbed. I didn't take any warm-up swings. I don't think I've ever had a back spasm before, and I didn't really know what it was. My big concern after that was defensively. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to get down to get a ground ball - or even worse, get up to do something with it. It never did loosen up."
Chicago was only down by one before Los Angeles broke it open in the seventh against Donnie Veal, who was just recalled from Triple-A Charlotte. Callaspo greeted the left-hander with a drive to left for his third homer, and No. 9 hitter J.B. Shuck made it 10-4 with a two-run double.
Nate Jones (0-4), who came in after Hector Santiago was knocked out in the fourth, allowed four runs and three hits in 3 1-3 innings. Veal was charged with the same totals while recording just one out.
But Los Angeles gave Frieri a couple of insurance runs in the bottom half on Howie Kendrick's RBI single and Callaspo's second sacrifice fly, and the right-hander struck out the side in the ninth to get his eighth save in nine attempts.
Blanton gave up four runs and 11 hits in 4 1-3 innings. He is 0-7 with a 6.62 ERA in his first nine starts with the Angels, who signed him to a two-year, $15 million contract in December.
"I went as hard as I could for as long as I could," Blanton said. "I was just trying to keep putting up as many zeros as possible and keep making pitches."
Coello came on with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth and struck out Ramirez and Alex Rios. The Angels grabbed a 5-4 lead in the bottom half on Trumbo's RBI double and Callaspo's sacrifice fly. Pujols started the rally with an opposite-field double down the first base line against the shift.
"I just closed my eyes when I hit that ball and it went past the bag," Pujols joked. "I know I can hit the ball the other way anytime I want to. Obviously, when they do that, they try to get in your brain and think you're going to change your swing. But you can't do that. You have to stick with it. You have to see the ball and just put your best swing on it."
Santiago was charged with three runs and four hits in 3 1-3 innings. He issued a season-high four walks and struck out two.
Blanton, who has allowed a major league-worst 86 hits, gave up a pair of singles in each of the first three innings. In the first, he escaped unscathed by striking out Dunn and Konerko. In the second, he fielded a high chopper by Dewayne Wise and threw him out. In the third, Blanton got out of the jam by striking out Conor Gillaspie with his 50th pitch.
"He made a couple of pitches to limit the damage and keep his team in it. Then their offense came alive and it turned out to be kind of a slugfest," Konerko said. "It was a long tough game and a tough one to lose. But the guys had some good at-bats."
|Alberto Callaspo hits a three-run homer in a five-run seventh inning for the Angels against the White Sox. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Dewayne Wise, CF||5||0||0||0||1||1||5||.230|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||5||2||3||0||0||2||3||.281|
|Alex Rios, RF||4||1||2||2||0||2||4||.302|
|a- Casper Wells, PH-RF||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.100|
|Adam Dunn, 1B||3||0||1||2||0||2||3||.173|
|Jeff Keppinger, 1B||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.188|
|Paul Konerko, DH||5||1||3||1||0||1||2||.231|
|Conor Gillaspie, 3B||5||0||0||0||0||3||6||.282|
|Dayan Viciedo, LF||3||2||2||1||1||0||0||.303|
|Hector Gimenez, C||5||2||4||3||0||0||1||.241|
|Tyler Greene, 2B||5||0||1||0||0||2||5||.250|
|a-struck out for Rios in the 8th|
|2B - Alex Rios (9, Blanton)|
|HR - Hector Gimenez (2, Frieri)|
|RBI - Alex Rios 2 (24), Adam Dunn 2 (22), Paul Konerko (17), Dayan Viciedo (12), Hector Gimenez 3 (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Alex Rios 2 (10), Adam Dunn 2 (12), Dayan Viciedo (4), Hector Gimenez 3 (4)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|DP - Gillaspie-T. Greene-Dunn|
|PB - Hector Gimenez 2 (4)|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Nate Jones (L,0-4)||3.1||3||4||4||2||2||0||5.75|
|IBB - Hamilton by Matt Lindstrom|
|HBP - Trout (by Hector Santiago)|
|WP - Hector Santiago (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Hector Santiago 80-45, Nate Jones 48-30, Donnie Veal 25-11, Matt Lindstrom 27-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hector Santiago 3-4, Nate Jones 3-4, Matt Lindstrom 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Hector Santiago 18, Nate Jones 14, Donnie Veal 6, Matt Lindstrom 7|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Erick Aybar, SS||4||0||0||1||0||1||2||.241|
|Mike Trout, CF||2||1||1||0||2||1||2||.285|
|Albert Pujols, DH||5||2||2||0||0||1||4||.247|
|Mark Trumbo, RF-1B||4||3||2||2||1||1||2||.270|
|Howie Kendrick, 2B||5||1||2||1||0||1||1||.302|
|Alberto Callaspo, 3B||3||2||2||5||0||0||0||.274|
|Brendan Harris, 1B||2||1||0||0||1||1||0||.244|
|Josh Hamilton, RF||1||1||1||0||1||0||0||.214|
|Chris Iannetta, C||1||1||0||0||4||0||0||.198|
|J.B. Shuck, LF||4||0||2||3||1||0||3||.306|
|2B - Albert Pujols (9, Jones), Mark Trumbo (13, Jones), Howie Kendrick (5, Lindstrom), J.B. Shuck (5, Veal)|
|HR - Mark Trumbo (10, Santiago), Alberto Callaspo (3, Veal)|
|SF - Erick Aybar (2), Alberto Callaspo 2 (5)|
|RBI - Erick Aybar (3), Mark Trumbo 2 (29), Howie Kendrick (21), Alberto Callaspo 5 (14), J.B. Shuck 3 (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Alberto Callaspo 3 (9), J.B. Shuck 2 (6)|
|CS - Mike Trout (3, 2nd base by Jones/Gimenez)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Robert Coello (W,1-0)||1.2||0||0||0||0||3||0||0.00|
|Dane De La Rosa (H,6)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||4.57|
|Ernesto Frieri (S,8)||1.1||1||1||1||0||3||1||1.93|
|HBP - A. Ramirez (by Joe Blanton), Viciedo (by Joe Blanton)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 96-64, Robert Coello 21-13, Dane De La Rosa 14-12, Garrett Richards 19-13, Ernesto Frieri 19-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 1-6, Dane De La Rosa 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 28, Robert Coello 5, Dane De La Rosa 4, Garrett Richards 6, Ernesto Frieri 5|
|Attendance - 37165|
|Game Time - 3:50|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - John Hirschbeck, Second Base - John Tumpane, Third Base - Jim Reynolds|