Series: Game 3 of 3

Anaheim won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, September 10
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Game 2: Saturday, September 11
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Game 3: Sunday, September 12
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White Sox 0

(72-70, 33-38 away)

Angels 11

(81-61, 41-31 home)

    4:05 PM ET, September 12, 2004

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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    W: B. Colon (15-11)

    L: J. Contreras (12-9)

    Colon wins 15th in shutout of White Sox

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- After a slow start this year, Bartolo Colon is beginning to earn every penny of his $51 million contract.

    Colon (15-11) pitched seven sharp innings to lead Anaheim over the Chicago White Sox 11-0 Sunday. It was his 10th win in 13 decisions after a 5-8 start in his first season with the Angels, who remained two games behind first-place Oakland in the AL West.

    The stocky right-hander, who signed a four-year deal with Anaheim as a free agent last winter after spending 2003 with the White Sox, said his turnaround this season has been mainly a matter of mechanics.

    "I made a change to pitch from the first-base side of the mound rather than the middle," Colon said through a translator after holding his former teammates to six hits. "It's much better for running my fastball in and out."

    He did that and more against Chicago.

    "I was able to throw strikes when I needed, and I didn't even have to go to my fastball to do it," said Colon, who struck out six and walked one. "I could throw all my pitches to either side of the plate.

    "I know a lot of guys on that club and they know my pitches, so mixing it up was important."

    Colon also kept the shutout intact when he came off the mound to field Timo Perez's bunt and tagged Joe Crede out at the plate in the third inning.

    "Bart was great against a good offensive club. We got a lead and he kept putting up zeros so we could extend it," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

    Chicago's Paul Konerko, who singled and struck out three times, complimented his former teammate.

    "With a big lead, he was throwing strikes," Konerko said. "He pounded us. He went right after us."

    Coming off a 13-6 loss on Saturday, the Angels staked Colon to a 7-0 lead by the third inning and took two of three games from Chicago. They moved within five games of Boston for the wild-card lead.

    Kevin Gregg and Scott Dunn each pitched a perfect inning to finish Anaheim's 10th shutout.

    Garret Anderson had three hits and three RBI for Anaheim, and the Angels jumped on Jose Contreras (12-9) for seven runs and 10 hits in three innings.

    Anaheim's Darin Erstad left the game after the fourth because of tightness in his lower back. He singled twice, scored twice and had an RBI. Scioscia said there was no serious problem and he doesn't expect Erstad to miss any playing time.

    Vladimir Guerrero, Anderson and Jose Guillen each drove in a run as Anaheim took a 3-0 lead in the first. The Angels scored three more in the second. Anderson had a two-out, two-run double, and Erstad singled home another run.

    Jose Molina made it 7-0 with an RBI double in the third.

    Chone Figgins added a three-run triple, his 15th triple of the year, against reliever Jeff Bajenaru as the Angels opened an 11-run lead in the seventh.

    Contreras lost for the fourth time in five starts. He has allowed 15 runs and 15 hits in his last two outings, which lasted a combined 4 2-3 innings.

    Acquired from the New York Yankees at the July 31 trade deadline for Esteban Loaiza, Contreras was roughed up for eight runs and five hits in 1 2-3 innings of a 10-3 loss to Texas last Tuesday. The Cuban right-hander went 3-0 with a 3.04 ERA in his first four starts after coming to Chicago.

    "Contreras has a great arm and he's had success," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "But he's not doing what he wants to do. So next time, we'll let him throw what he wants.

    "I hope he'll be relieved to hear that."

    Contreras, speaking through a translator, said he already was throwing what he wanted.

    "I was calling my own pitches. But my location was wrong; my fastballs were too high," he said.

    Game notes

    The crowd of 41,932 put the Angels over the 3 million mark in attendance for the second year in a row -- and just the second time ever. ... The Angels won the season series 5-4. ... Chicago's Carlos Lee went 0-for-3, ending a 10-game hitting streak. ... Anaheim DH Tim Salmon will undergo cartilage replacement surgery on his left knee this week. The 36-year-old Salmon also will have surgery on his left shoulder this winter. He said he still hopes to play again.

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