CHICAGO (AP) -- Bartolo Colon knew he was going to make this
The Los Angeles Angels' ace was questionable for Saturday's game
against the White Sox because of tightness in his lower back. After
watching the Angels win in 12 innings Friday night, he didn't want
to let his teammates down.
Colon won his eighth straight decision to become the American
League's first 19-game winner and Garret Anderson backed him with a
three-run homer, leading the Angels over Chicago 10-5 Saturday.
"I knew yesterday around BP time that I was going to be able to
throw today," Colon said through a translator. "We're fighting
for something here. I saw the effort yesterday by the guys in the
bullpen and I knew I needed to push myself a little more."
Colon (19-6) allowed two runs and four hits in six innings,
throwing 111 pitches. He is 8-0 in 10 starts since losing to
Minnesota on July 16.
"I feel a lot better right now just by making this start,"
Colon said. "I will make the next start."
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said the team was watching Colon
carefully before and during the game to make sure he was healthy.
Colon struggled early, walking three in the second inning, but he
walked only one more.
"His velocity was good, his command was not as crisp as it has
been," Scioscia said. "In the deep counts he ran, he came back
and made some terrific pitches. When he had to make a pitch, he
The Angels, who began the day with a one-game lead over
second-place Oakland in the AL West, won their second straight over
the White Sox. Chicago has lost three in a row overall and six of
seven to AL West teams.
"Today we were just beaten in every aspect of the game,"
Chicago's Paul Konerko said. "We were just pounded."
Jon Garland (17-9) failed to hold a two-run lead and gave up
seven runs and eight hits in six innings, his ERA rising from 3.28
to 3.51. He is 9-9 with two no-decisions since winning his first
"It's what everybody wants, perfection," Garland said of
expectations. "It's a grind out here. It's a tough game. It's not
easy to go out and win a ballgame."
It was the second straight poor performance by a White Sox
starter. On Friday, Mark Buehrle gave up five runs and 10 hits in
"They have been pitching well, they just had some bad
outings," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I just want them
to pitch well enough for us to win."
The Angels tied it 2-all in the third when Jose Molina hit an
RBI double and scored on Orlando Cabrera's single, and Steve Finley
hit a solo homer in the fourth. Anderson's homer boosted the margin
to 6-2 in the fifth.
"It's hard to recover from that punch," Guillen said. "The
way Colon was pitching and we were hitting, it was a big shot."
Jeff DaVanon hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth, and the Angels
got three more runs in the seventh off David Sanders. Chone Figgins
hit a leadoff homer and Anderson had an RBI double -- Cabrera
appeared to be tagged out by catcher A.J. Pierzynski but was called
safe by home plate umpire Dan Iassogna, triggering arguments from
Pierzynski and Guillen. Vladimir Guerrero added a sacrifice fly.
Los Angeles has won two in a row on the road after losing
six straight. ... The Angels took a 5-4 lead in the season series.
... Chicago's Joe Crede stopped an 0-for-22 skid with a double in
the seventh and added an RBI single in the eighth. He was activated
from the 15-day DL (broken right middle finger) before the game.
... Of the 21 homers off Garland this year, 17 have been by
left-handed hitters. ... White Sox C Raul Casanova had his first
hit since May 12, 2002. ... Anderson homered for the first time
since Aug. 2.