Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 8, Chicago 4
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Trout's three-run home run helped the
LA Angels of Anaheim take an 8-4 win over the Chicago White Sox in the opener
of a doubleheader.
Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton also homered, while Chris Iannetta drove in a
pair of runs for the Angels, who have won eight of their last 10.
Garrett Richards (9-2) allowed three runs on two hits and two walks with nine
strikeouts in eight innings of work to win his fifth straight decision.
Jose Abreu hit a three-run home run for the White Sox, who had a three-game
winning streak stopped. Hector Noesi (2-6) walked seven batters and allowed
three hits that led to five runs in five-plus innings of work.
The opener of this three-game series had been postponed on Monday due to rain.
The Angels didn't have a hit in the game until Collin Cowgill's bunt single in
the fifth, which followed Iannetta's leadoff walk. Their next hit tied the
game, as Trout blasted a shot just inside the left field foul pole for his
19th home run of the season. Pujols followed with a shot over the center field
wall for a 4-3 lead.
In the sixth, Howie Kendrick worked a leadoff walk and Ronald Belisario came
on in relief of Noesi. David Freese then grounded out to put Kendrick in
scoring position, and Iannetta chased him home with a single for a 5-3 lead.
Hamilton homered with two outs in the seventh, and Iannetta hit another RBI
single in the eighth for a 7-3 advantage.
Erick Aybar's run-scoring fielder's choice in the ninth made it a five-run
Rich Hill came on in the ninth to finish up the game, but left after allowing
the first three hitters to reach base.
Joe Smith then took over and quickly induced a double play from Alexei
Ramirez, which scored one run, then got Dayan Viciedo to ground out and end
Chicago grabbed the lead in the first, as walks by Adam Eaton and Gordon
Beckham were later followed by a home run from Abreu for a 3-0 lead.
The Angels swept a three-game set at home against the White Sox earlier in
June ... Los Angeles was 3-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded
seven men on base.
07/02 00:30:55 ET
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