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Davanon hits three-run HR

CHICAGO (AP) -- Jeff DaVanon helped sully Freddy Garcia's first
home start with the Chicago White Sox.

He hit a three-run homer off the White Sox right-hander, helping
Anaheim break a two-game losing streak and gain a game on AL West
leaders Oakland and Texas with a 6-2 win over Chicago on Tuesday
night.

Garcia (5-8) struck out his first four batters and seven in
eight innings, but allowed four earned runs on seven hits as the
White Sox lost their season-high fourth straight.

Earlier in the day, the 28-year-old agreed on a $27 million,
three-year contract extension.

"They talked about it when I got traded," Garcia said. "Today
they decided to do it and I am really happy to be here."

He was acquired from the Mariners on June 27 and won his first
start for the White Sox, despite allowing three home runs against
Minnesota.

The Angels, who had lost five of six, took a 3-1 lead with two
outs in the fourth inning. Jose Guillen and Darin Erstad singled,
and DaVanon hit his fourth homer of the season on a 2-2 slider.

"It was the same pitch I flew out the time before, he just
didn't get it in as far," DaVanon said. "I was fortunate enough
to put the ball in play."

Anaheim manufactured another run in the fifth inning when Adam
Kennedy led off with a double to center, went to third on a
sacrifice by David Eckstein and scored on Chone Figgins' squeeze
bunt.

"Tough pitch, great job by Chone Figgins," Scioscia said.
"Garcia throws hard and he elevated a fastball, toughest pitch to
bunt. Fig not only got it down but he put it in a great area too."

Paul Konerko hit his 21st home run in the fifth to make it 4-2,
leading off the inning with a blast to left field off Angels
starter John Lackey.

The White Sox loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth
inning, on a third-strike wild pitch and two walks, but Angels
reliever Francisco Rodriguez got Carlos Lee to fly out to center
field.

The Angels added two runs in the ninth, the last on Garret
Anderson's RBI single.

The White Sox didn't do much to support Garcia, which was the
same problem that plagued him in Seattle. Coming into the game
Garcia had received just 2.71 runs a start, fewest in the American
League. He got two runs or less in 11 of his 15 starts with
Seattle.

"I think maybe the guys are trying to do too much," White Sox
manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We are taking a lot of extra hitting
lately. We are doing everything we can to get out of that slump.

Lackey (6-8) allowed just four hits in seven innings, three of
them in the second inning when the White Sox took a 1-0 lead.

Jose Valentin and Konerko hit back-to-back singles and advanced
on a wild pitch. Joe Crede's single to left field scored Valentin,
but Konerko was then thrown out at the plate by Guillen to end the
inning.

"That's another RBI for Jose," Scioscia said. "Every time he
comes up and throws a guy out at the plate, it's big; especially in
that inning, early in the game against a guy like Garcia, you never
want to give him a little bit of breathing room."

Lackey struck out five and walked one. He was rocked in his last
game at U.S. Cellular Field, giving up eight runs in three innings
in an 11-2 loss on May 30.

"The last two times I pitched here I haven't done so well here,
the last time especially," Lackey said. "It was nice to get that
monkey off my back."

Game notes
The game's start was delayed 2 hours, 6 minutes by rain.
... OF Magglio Ordonez, who will become a free agent at the end of
the season, said before the game that talks had ended for now on a
new contract with the White Sox. "I don't think we're close," he
said. ... Konerko's homer extended the White Sox's club-record of
23 straight home games with a home run. They lead the majors with
71 homers at home. Konerko is the AL leader with 15 home homers.