Uribe tripled off the center-field wall to start the bottom of
the ninth and scored when Konerko hit a bases-loaded single to give
the Chicago White Sox a 4-3 win Friday night.
"He's an All-Star. He's been unbelievable. He hits
everything," Konerko said of Uribe, who is batting .346 nearly two
months into the season.
"He hits to all fields, he hits with power and he can run,"
Konerko tied the game with a two-run homer in the sixth and then
won it in the ninth after the Angels intentionally walked two to
load the bases and played five men in the infield.
"I was just trying to stay ready," Konerko said. "You know
you are pulling for your teammates, but you also have to keep
yourself ready in case you get up there and have to do it."
"I thought they'd do it from the get-go -- walk Frank and Carlos
right away and go right to Jose with five infielders. It's kind of
a tough spot. Every player has been on the other end of it where
it's really your only shot," Konerko said of the strategy.
"We thought if we could get Konerko to hit the ball on the
ground, we'd have a better chance to turn two than with Valentin,"
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
Konerko hit a 2-2 pitch to the warning track in right-center to
score Uribe, sending Chicago to its eighth win in 10 games.
"I don't think anyone likes to pitch to any of those guys in
that situation," Scioscia said. "You can't pitch around anybody
because the next guy is just as dangerous."
Shingo Takatsu (3-0) pitched the top of the ninth for the
victory in the opener of a three-game series between division
The Angels have lost four straight, all by one run.
"We have had four close games, we could have won any one of
them," Scioscia said. "It's a tough run."
Anaheim reliever Kevin Gregg, who retired Lee on a popup with
the bases loaded in the seventh, gave up consecutive singles to
Valentin, Konerko and pinch-hitter Timo Perez, tying the game at 3
in the bottom of the eighth.
Angels starter Kelvim Escobar, with a 1-8 career record against
the White Sox entering the game, had allowed just four hits and had
a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth before Konerko hit
his ninth homer.
Escobar allowed seven hits and two runs in 6 2-3 innings,
throwing 125 pitches.
David Eckstein led off the game with a double against Jon
Garland and scored on Vladimir Guerrero's single, ending a shutout
streak by the White Sox, who blanked Texas in back-to-back games
Wednesday and Thursday.
Anaheim added a run in the sixth, thanks to some hustle by
Guillen, who singled with one out and then raced to second on Jeff
DaVanon's routine fly to left. Bengie Molina followed with an RBI
Garland gave up eight hits and two runs in seven innings.
^Notes:@ After giving up the homer to Guillen, Jackson was forced
out of the game when the next batter, DaVanon, lined a ball off his
left leg. He was not seriously injured ... Lee doubled in the
second to extend his hitting streak to 15 games, matching a career
high. ... The injury-strapped Angels are close to an agreement with
Raul Mondesi, whose contract was terminated by the Pirates after he
returned home to the Dominican Republic amidst a legal
entanglement. ... White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen will miss
Saturday's game to attend his son's high school graduation in
Florida. Bench coach Harold Baines will run the team. ... The White
Sox have won seven home games in their last at-bat. They are 13-4
in one-run games, including 10-2 at home. ... The White Sox sent
reliever Kelly Wunsch back to Triple-A Charlotte after Friday
night's game and will call up Jon Rauch to start Saturday's game
against the Angels.