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Saturday, September 22, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Angels 4, White Sox 2

By Bruce Levine

ANAHEIM -- A quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night.

How it happened: Sox starter Jose Quintana put himself and the team in a four-run hole in the first. The rookie left-hander walked two and made a bad error on a simple bunt play. All three of those runners scored. Quintana faced nine batters and threw 37 pitches in the inning. Paul Konerko got a run back in the second, driving a 3-2 breaking ball out of the park off Angels starter Dan Haren for his 24th home run. Manager Robin Ventura was ejected for arguing a balk called on Quintana and Konerko for trying an illegal pick-off. It was the fourth ejection for Ventura this season. The Sox added a run on a Dewayne Wise groundout in the seventh, scoring Alex Rios.

What it means: Although the White Sox are technically a half game ahead of the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central, the division is back to a virtual tie. Both teams are even in the loss column. Detroit’s 8-0 win against Minnesota on Saturday put the Sox’s magic number on hold. Detroit plays a double header on Sunday to make up for a Friday rainout .

Outside the box: The hitting slumps for Kevin Youkilis, Konerko and Adam Dunn were at 10-for-72 on the current road trip before Konerko’s home run. White Sox pitchers made two errors on easy bunts. Expect extra pitchers fielding practice the rest of the season.

Up next: The final game of the series Sunday matches the White Sox’s Gavin Floyd (10-10, 4.50 ERA) against Angels ace Jered Weaver (18-4, 2.79).