Series: Game 1 of 3

Anaheim leads 1-0 (as of 7/6)

Game 1: Tuesday, July 6
Chi White Sox2
Game 2: Wednesday, July 7
Chi White Sox0
Game 3: Thursday, July 8
Chi White Sox9

Angels 6

(43-39, 20-21 away)

White Sox 2

(42-37, 24-16 home)

    8:05 PM ET, July 6, 2004

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: J. Lackey (6-8)

    L: F. Garcia (5-8)

    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.

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