Rapid Reaction: White Sox 8, Angels 6
CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the White Sox’s 8-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday.
How it happened: There was a game under protest, a monster collision at the plate, five towering home runs, shoddy starting pitching from Phil Humber and a Sox bullpen that saved the night, punctuated by Alex Rios’ game-winning two-run home run that just cleared the left-center field fence in the 10th. The Sox’s first home game in more than a week had its share of highs and lows. Shortly after Adam Dunn was called out at home plate despite his full-speed collision with catcher Chris Iannetta, catcher A.J. Pierzynski set a career-high with his 19th home run of the season. Rios hit his 17th homer of the season in the sixth. Mike Trout and Albert Pujols each homered off Humber, who hasn't won in his last 15 straight starts at home - a franchise record - dating back to his last win at the Cell against Oakland on June 12, 2011. Alexei Ramirez’s single and Gordon Beckham’s sacrifice bunt led to Alejandro De Aza’s game-tying RBI ground-rule double in the seventh. Relievers Nate Jones, Brett Myers, Jesse Crain and Matt Thorton combined to throw 4 1/3 scoreless innings to give the Sox a chance in the end.
What it means: The Sox moved to a season-high 11 games over .500. They’ve now won eight of their last 10 games as they began a 10-day home stand.
Outside the box: Angels manager Mike Scioscia played the game under protest starting in the bottom of the first inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Paul Konerko grounded into what could have been a double play. But after a force out at home plate, Konerko was called safe at first. Scioscia argued that Konerko ran outside the baseline in the final 45 feet to first base. The Sox went on to score four runs in that inning.