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Saturday, May 11, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Angels 3, White Sox 2

By Doug Padilla



CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox fell 3-2 on Saturday to the Los Angeles Angels, losing for the fifth time in their past seven games.

How it happened: The White Sox had a number of shaky plays in the field and even had a runner thrown out at the plate in the loss to the Angels. At the start of play Saturday, the Angels were one of just three American League teams with a worse winning percentage than the White Sox. But L.A. has won the first two games of the series. Dayan Viciedo had three hits in his second game back from the disabled list, but Adam Dunn went 0-for-4 in front of him, with three strikeouts.

What it means: The White Sox hurt themselves with three errors and a passed ball. The Angels had entered the game with more errors on the season than the White Sox, but after Saturday’s game, they were tied for the major league lead with 27. Center fielder Alejandro De Aza made one of the errors in allowing Josh Hamilton to turn a double into a triple, and he is now tied for the team high with four miscues.

Outside the box: White Sox starter Jose Quintana recovered from a rough start to throw a career-best 117 pitches, but he needed six innings to do it. Quintana gave up two consecutive hits to start the game, including a two-run home run to Mike Trout. The defense let him down, though, when a Tyler Greene throwing error extended the third inning and Tyler Flowers had a passed ball to let Albert Pujols score from third base.

Offbeat: Jeff Keppinger’s demotion to the No. 7 spot in the lineup delivered early dividends. He singled in his first at-bat in helping to spark a two-run second inning. The problem came when he was easily thrown out at home plate on a single from De Aza. One run did score on the play. But after getting thrown out at home, Keppinger never got on base the rest of the game.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Chris Sale (3-2, 3.42 ERA) to the mound in the finale of the three-game series and the brief homestand. He will be opposed by Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson (3-0, 4.04) in the 7:05 p.m. CT start from U.S. Cellular Field. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.