Chicago at Los Angeles

L.A. Angels
W: R. Coello (1-0) L: N. Jones (0-4) S: E. Frieri (8)
HR: CHW - H. Gimenez (2)   LAA - M. Trumbo (10),A. Callaspo (3)

Angels pound White Sox, end Chicago's winning streak wire reports

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels finally won a game that Joe Blanton started for them. That will have to be enough for Blanton while he remains in search of the first victory for his record.

Alberto Callaspo hit a three-run homer in a five-run seventh inning, and the Angels beat the White Sox 12-9 on Saturday to end Chicago's four-game winning streak.

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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.

The White Sox got back in the game with five runs in the eighth, including a three-run shot by Gimenez off closer Ernesto Frieri. Konerko and Dayan Viciedo each had an RBI single Garrett Richards.

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."


  • Callaspo came within one RBI of tying his career best, set on April 18, 2010, at Minnesota while playing for Kansas City.
  • Angels RF Josh Hamilton was in Scioscia's original lineup, but got scratched with no other explanation than a day off to recharge, according to a club spokesman. Hamilton hit for Brendan Harris in the seventh and singled to bring his average up to .214.
  • Hamilton was replaced defensively by Trumbo -- who had been slotted as the designated hitter. Instead, Pujols was shifted from 1B to DH and Harris was inserted at 1B.
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Alberto Callaspo hits a three-run homer in a five-run seventh inning for the Angels against the White Sox. (USATSI)
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

H. Gimenez
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 1
Los Angeles

A. Callaspo
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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Chicago White Sox
Dewayne Wise, CF5000115 .230
Alexei Ramirez, SS5230023 .281
Alex Rios, RF4122024 .302
   a- Casper Wells, PH-RF2000021 .100
Adam Dunn, 1B3012023 .173
    Jeff Keppinger, 1B2110000 .188
Paul Konerko, DH5131012 .231
Conor Gillaspie, 3B5000036 .282
Dayan Viciedo, LF3221100 .303
Hector Gimenez, C5243001 .241
Tyler Greene, 2B5010025 .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
Hector Santiago 3.1433421 2.78
Nate Jones (L,0-4) 3.1344220 5.75
Donnie Veal 0.1344211 9.45
Matt Lindstrom 1211210 4.76
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, SS4001012 .241
Mike Trout, CF2110212 .285
Albert Pujols, DH5220014 .247
Mark Trumbo, RF-1B4322112 .270
Howie Kendrick, 2B5121011 .302
Alberto Callaspo, 3B3225000 .274
Brendan Harris, 1B2100110 .244
    Josh Hamilton, RF1110100 .214
Chris Iannetta, C1100400 .198
J.B. Shuck, LF4023103 .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
Joe Blanton 4.11144260 6.62
Robert Coello (W,1-0) 1.2000030 0.00
Dane De La Rosa (H,6) 1100010 4.57
Garrett Richards 0.2444020 5.63
Ernesto Frieri (S,8) 1.1111031 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
Game Information
Attendance - 37165
Game Time - 3:50
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - John Hirschbeck, Second Base - John Tumpane, Third Base - Jim Reynolds