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Angels hold off ChiSox, complete doubleheader sweep

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CHICAGO -- Whether it's Mike Trout and Albert Pujols or Kole Calhoun and Howie Kendrick, there's no telling who might step up for the Los Angeles Angels on a given day.

On Tuesday, 10 players drove in runs in a doubleheader sweep of the Chicago White Sox, with the Angels winning the first game 8-4 and capping the night with a 7-5 victory.

''I think our guys on the offensive side have proven that they're going to pressure teams and get us runs,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ''Our challenge is going to be able to hold leads and we were able to do it today in two games.''

With Tuesday's wins, the Angels moved to within 3½ games of first-place Oakland in the AL West.

''We kept putting the pressure on,'' said reliever Joe Smith, who earned saves in both games. ''After you win that first game of a doubleheader, it's really hard to win two. ... (But) you put those runs right up on them early, that was huge for us.''

Calhoun homered and scored twice as the Angels held off the White Sox to complete the sweep. Kendrick added two hits and scored two runs as the Angels improved to 5-0 against Chicago this season. The twin-bill was quickly arranged after Monday's game was rained out.

Jered Weaver (9-6) worked 5 2/3 innings for the win in the second game, allowing nine hits while striking out six. Chicago starter Scott Carroll (2-5) took the loss after pitching six-plus innings and giving up seven runs and 10 hits.

The Angels manufactured three second-inning runs on four straight singles and a fielder's choice, including RBIs credited to Kendrick, C.J. Cron and Grant Green.

''You get yourself in trouble and put yourself in bad spots. It happened in both games,'' White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. ''Especially with this lineup. You don't want to put anybody on and give them extra chances.''

The White Sox got two back with Conor Gillaspie's first home run of the season, a two-run shot that drove in Alexei Ramirez with no outs.

In the fifth, Calhoun stroked Carroll's 1-0 pitch into the right-field bullpen, scoring Green for a 5-2 lead. Kendrick scored on Hank Conger's sixth-inning single for a 6-2 lead.

The White Sox added three runs in the sixth as Gillaspie's RBI single scored Ramirez, while Dayan Viciedo's homer with one out brought home Gillaspie, cutting the deficit to 6-5.

In the seventh, Carroll left with two runners on and no outs. White Sox reliever Jake Petricka walked two batters, forcing in Calhoun for a 7-5 Angels lead.

In the first game, Trout hit a three-run homer, Pujols followed with No. 509 of his career and Garrett Richards allowed two hits in eight innings.

Josh Hamilton also homered for Los Angeles, his first since June 3.

Trout's shot off starter Hector Noesi (2-6) evened the score at 3 in the fifth. Pujols put the Angels ahead with his 17th of the season, tying Gary Sheffield for 24th place on the career chart.

Jose Abreu hit his major league-leading 26th home run in the first to give Chicago a 3-0 cushion. Baltimore's Nelson Cruz also has 26 homers.

Richards (9-2) quickly recovered and improved to 5-0 since May 30. He struck out nine, walked two and matched his longest outing of the season.

''I think I was the same pitcher from beginning to end,'' Richards said. ''I wasn't going to let three runs in the first ruin my day.''

''[Richards] was great,'' Ventura said. ''We got him early when Jose [homered] in the first inning, but after that, we didn't get many good swings against him. He had good stuff. ''

Noesi didn't allow a hit until the fifth, when Collin Cowgill beat out an infield single. He was pulled with no outs in the sixth and was charged with five earned runs and three hits. He walked seven and struck out seven.

Notes

Ventura said LHP Chris Sale (7-1, 2.30 ERA) is a worthy All-Star candidate despite spending a month on the disabled list. ''You're looking at a guy at the top of his game,'' Ventura said. ''His numbers prove it.'' ... Abreu became the first player in MLB history with 26 home runs in his first 70 games. He also extended his hitting streak to 16 games, matching Ross Gload's record 16-game run in 2004. ... Pujols was in the lineup despite a swollen lymph gland near his right groin. ''It shouldn't be anything that's going to impact what he needs to do,'' Scioscia said. ... The Angels acquired Rich Hill from Boston for cash earlier in the day. The left-hander had a 3.23 ERA in 25 relief appearances for Triple-A Pawtucket.

 
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Jered Weaver doesn't have his best stuff on Tuesday, yet still comes away with his ninth win of the season. (Getty Images)
Jered Weaver doesn't have his best stuff on Tuesday, yet still comes away with his ninth win of the season. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

K. Calhoun
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Chicago

C. Gillaspie
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kole Calhoun, RF4222102 .284
Mike Trout, CF4020101 .315
Albert Pujols, DH4000103 .257
Josh Hamilton, LF2110210 .315
Erick Aybar, SS5110005 .277
Howie Kendrick, 2B3222100 .273
C.J. Cron, 1B4011014 .289
Hank Conger, C4011002 .238
Grant Green, 3B3111011 .324
   John McDonald, 3B1010000 .238
Jered Weaver, P0000000 .000
   Rich Hill, P0000000 .000
   Mike Morin, P0000000 .000
   Kevin Jepsen, P0000000 .000
   Jason Grilli, P0000000 .000
   Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
Totals34712763  
Batting
2B - Mike Trout (22, Guerra)
HR - Kole Calhoun (8, Carroll)
RBI - Kole Calhoun 2 (21), Howie Kendrick 2 (34), C.J. Cron (23), Hank Conger (17), Grant Green (8)
2-OUT RBI - Howie Kendrick (17), Hank Conger (8)
CS - John McDonald (1, 2nd base by Petricka/Nieto)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Grilli-Aybar-Kendrick-Cron
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jered Weaver (W,9-6) 5.2955062 3.56
Rich Hill 0000100 0.00
Mike Morin (H,3) 0.1000010 1.88
Kevin Jepsen (H,7) 1000020 2.45
Jason Grilli (H,2) 1000100 4.37
Joe Smith (S,9) 1000010 2.78
WP - Rich Hill (1)
HBP - A. Ramirez (by Jered Weaver)
Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 99-60, Rich Hill 5-1, Mike Morin 4-3, Kevin Jepsen 9-7, Jason Grilli 12-5, Joe Smith 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 4-7, Kevin Jepsen 1-0, Jason Grilli 1-1, Joe Smith 2-0
Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 27, Rich Hill 1, Mike Morin 1, Kevin Jepsen 3, Jason Grilli 3, Joe Smith 3
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adam Eaton, CF4000101 .275
Leury Garcia, 2B5010022 .182
Jose Abreu, DH4010011 .280
Adam Dunn, 1B4000021 .230
Alexei Ramirez, SS3210000 .294
Conor Gillaspie, 3B3223110 .317
Dayan Viciedo, RF4122011 .245
Alejandro De Aza, LF4020012 .226
Adrian Nieto, C3000022 .237
   a-Gordon Beckham, PH1000000 .256
Scott Carroll, P0000000 .000
   Jake Petricka, P0000000 .000
   Javy Guerra, P0000000 .000
Totals35595210  
a-grounded out for Nieto in the 9th
Batting
2B - Alexei Ramirez (14, Jer. Weaver)
HR - Conor Gillaspie (1, Jer. Weaver), Dayan Viciedo (9, Jer. Weaver)
RBI - Conor Gillaspie 3 (30), Dayan Viciedo 2 (29)
SB - Alexei Ramirez (14, 2nd base off Jer. Weaver/Conger), Alejandro De Aza (12, 2nd base off Jer. Weaver/Conger)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - A. Ramirez-Garcia-Dunn, A. Ramirez-Garcia-Dunn-A. Ramirez-Garcia-Dunn, A. Ramirez-Garcia-Dunn-A. Ramirez-Garcia-Dunn-A. Ramirez-Garcia-Dunn, A. Ramirez-Garcia-Dunn-A. Ramirez-Garcia-Dunn-A. Ramirez-Garcia-Dunn-Garcia-A. Ramirez-Dunn
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Carroll (L,2-5) 61077321 5.37
Jake Petricka 2100210 1.94
Javy Guerra 1100100 2.25
IBB - Hamilton by Jake Petricka, Hamilton by Javy Guerra
WP - Scott Carroll (3)
HBP - Hamilton (by Scott Carroll)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Carroll 91-57, Jake Petricka 33-15, Javy Guerra 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Carroll 10-3, Jake Petricka 1-3, Javy Guerra 1-1
Batters Faced - Scott Carroll 29, Jake Petricka 8, Javy Guerra 4
Game Information
Attendance - 20233
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Chris Segal