Rapid Reaction: White Sox 3, Angels 2


CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox outlasted the Los Angeles Angels for a 3-2 victory in 13 innings Wednesday.

How it happened: Avisail Garcia cracked an extra-base hit into the gap in left-center to score Jose Abreu from first base in the 13th inning. John Danks continued his revival by giving up one run on five hits over 7 1/3 innings. Gordon Beckham got the White Sox even with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning, and Alexei Ramirez put them ahead with a two-out RBI double in the sixth. Former White Sox infielder Conor Gillaspie drove in the Angels’ run with a double in the fifth.

What it means: Elevators have less up-and-down than what the White Sox have shown in the second half. After climbing to 2½ games of a wild-card spot, only to free fall to 7½ back, the sweep over the Angels now has the White Sox at 4½ back of the Angels, who currently hold the second wild card. The big issue for the White Sox is they would still need to jump six teams to become playoff eligible.

Outside the box: The only blemish for Danks over his past six starts was an outing against the Red Sox on July 27 when he gave up six earned runs. But including that start, he still has a 2.75 ERA over those past six outings. Since the start of July, Danks has three outings in which he has allowed no earned runs and five starts in which he has allowed one earned run or fewer.

Close call: It got ugly in the ninth inning when the White Sox could have turned a double play to end the game but saw the Angels score the tying run. With runners on first and third with one out and the White Sox clinging to a one-run lead, Gillaspie hit a grounder to Abreu at first base. Abreu stepped on the bag and got Taylor Featherston caught in a rundown. But Johnny Giavotella scored the tying run on the play. The rundown wasn’t successful anyway, as Ramirez was called for interference.

Off beat: The White Sox not only finished off the three-game sweep over the Angels, they improved to a mighty 14-4 record against the American League West. The only problem is that they are 20-31 against the Central and 12-14 against the East, not to mention 8-9 in interleague games. All three of the White Sox's three-game sweeps have come against the AL West: Angels, A’s, Astros. They also have a two-game sweep (Cardinals) and a four-game sweep (Indians).

Up next: After an off day Thursday, the White Sox will send right-hander Jeff Samardzija (8-7, 4.62 ERA) to the mound against Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks (6-5, 3.73) on Friday in the 4:10 p.m. ET start from U.S. Cellular Field.