Chicago won a game in its last at-bat for the 10th time this
season. It was the fifth time the White Sox accomplished the feat
with a hit.
"They should thank God that they won this game," Guillen said.
"Because they were going to have the biggest meeting they ever had
in their career.
"We were going to be here for a little while and talk about
baseball. We were going to send the wives home because it was going
to be a long one."
The White Sox got some more good news Thursday when outfielder
Magglio Ordonez was activated from the disabled list. He'll return
to the lineup Friday after missing 36 games due to a torn meniscus
in his left knee, starting as designated hitter in place of Frank
Thomas, whose left ankle is inflamed.
With one out in the ninth, Valentin and Paul Konerko singled off
reliever Brendan Donnelly. The Angels shifted their fielders,
crowding the right side of second, but Uribe made them pay, sending
a 1-2 slider deep over Jeff DaVanon's head into left-center to
score Valentin. It was Uribe's only hit of the game.
"I probably made a bad pitch," Donnelly said. "I had to go
for a strikeout and he was just trying to put the bat on the
Trailing 8-5, the White Sox tied the game with two outs in the
bottom of the eighth against reliever Francisco Rodriguez.
"Obviously, we played well up to that point, and again the
bullpen failed," Donnelly said. "It's happening too often."
Konerko opened the eighth inning with a double and, two outs
later, Rodriguez walked Joe Crede. Willie Harris, pinch-hitting for
catcher Jamie Burke, reached on an infield single, loading the
bases. Timo Perez worked a full count and hit a single to right
that scored two runs. Harris then scored on an error by right
fielder Vladimir Guerrero, who misplayed the ball.
"We beat one of the best bullpens in baseball -- that's a
positive for us for the next game," Guillen said.
Donnelly (1-2) pitched 2-3 of an inning and got the loss.
Konerko matched a career-high with four hits and drove in two
Harris' hit saved Esteban Loaiza from taking a loss. Loaiza gave
up eight runs in 5 1-3 innings, allowing a career-high 13 hits.
Loaiza, named to the All-Star team, finished the first half of
8-4 with a 4.77 ERA. In his last four starts, he's 1-1, with two
With the game tied at 5-all in the sixth, the Angels' Adam
Kennedy doubled and scored on David Eckstein's single. Kennedy
finished with a single, double and two walks.
Eckstein had three hits, scored three runs and drove in a pair.
Figgins also had three hits, including a two-run triple that raised
his major-league leading total to 12, and scored one run.
Angels starter Aaron Sele gave up five runs on eight hits and
two walks in five innings.
Trailing 5-2, the White Sox tied it up in the bottom of the
fifth on a two-run single by Konerko.
After scoring two early runs, the Angels got to Loaiza in the
fourth. Eckstein drove in Bengie Molina with a double and Figgins
cleared the bases with a triple to right.
The White Sox broke out to a 2-1 lead in the first. Rowand
tripled and Lee followed with his ninth homer of the year.
Anderson knocked in Eckstein with a double play grounder in the
The Angels tied it in the second when Jeff DaVanon reached on a
bunt and moved to second on a wild pitch. He scored on a single by
Molina, colliding with catcher Jamie Burke, who dropped the ball.
^Notes:@ Thomas is scheduled to meet with a doctor to determine the
severity of bone chips in his left ankle. He missed the last two
games. ... Valentin hit fourth Thursday for the seventh time this
season. .... Rowand's triple was his first of the season, and
Chicago's 13th overall. ... Cotts had four strikeouts in relief,
matching his career high. ... Jackson made his 987th appearance,
tying him for ninth on the career list. ... The Angels are 9-2 in
games started by Sele. ... Guerrero went 0-for-5, snapping a
seven-game hitting streak.