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Rapid Reaction: Angels 5, White Sox 4

8/24/2011

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Chicago White Sox were unable to outlast the Los Angeles Angels in the opener of a five-game West Coast swing, dropping the opener 5-4 on Tuesday.

How it happened: Paul Konerko used his 2,000th hit to give the White Sox hope with the tying run in the eighth inning, but the Angels won it in the bottom of the ninth on Peter Bourjos' bases-loaded single. Jason Frasor, who has struggled since he was acquired from the Blue Jays, took the loss. The White Sox fell to 6½ games out of first place, the first time they have been that far back since Aug. 6. Mark Buehrle gave up four runs over six innings.

What it means: It was billed as a battle of teams trying to get back in contention and the Angels got it done to move 3½ games out of first place in the AL West. The White Sox hung in there to push the Angels to the limit but some early miscues in the first inning that allowed Bourjos to score a run proved costly. The defense had been much improved, but it was shades of their struggles earlier in the year.

Outside the box: After giving up three runs or less in 18 consecutive starts, Buehrle has now given up four runs over his last two outings.

What's next: White Sox right-hander Zach Stewart (1-2, 3.74) has a tough challenge ahead in the finale of a brief two-game series. He will go up against Angels right-hander Jered Weaver (14-6, 2.10) in a 9:10 p.m. start from Angel Stadium.