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Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Angels 7, White Sox 2

By Scott Powers



Here’s a quick look at the Los Angeles Angels’ 7-2 win over the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Wednesday.

How it happened: White Sox starter Gavin Floyd suffered his worst start in nearly a month. He gave up 10 hits and seven runs in six innings. He had allowed a total of four runs over his previous four outings. Albert Pujols may just be breaking out his slump for the Angels. A game after going 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Pujols homered and drove in three runs against the White Sox. He gave the Angels a 4-2 lead with a three-run shot in the third inning for his second homer of the season. White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham snapped an 0-for-15 slump with an RBI double in the third inning. Dayan Viciedo had three hits, including a home run, for the White Sox. Jerome Williams picked up the win for the Angels.

What it means: The White Sox’s pitching has been suspect for much of the last week, and it’s been a mixture of starters and relievers who have struggled. In the last five games, the White Sox have allowed 59 hits and 36 runs.

Outside the box: Wednesday’s loss guaranteed the White Sox at most a split in the two-game series with the Angels. It’ll be the eighth consecutive series the White Sox have either split or lost. The last series they won came in a three-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners from April 20-22.

Up next: The White Sox will face the Angels in the finale of the two-game series at 2:35 p.m. CT Thursday. Chris Sale (3-2, 3.08) will start for the White Sox, and the Angels will counter with C.J. Wilson (4-3, 3.42).