White Sox avoid 4-game sweep with 8-2 win over Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jose Abreu capped a five-run fifth inning with a two-run double, getting the benefit of a video replay reversal, and the Chicago White Sox avoided a four-game sweep by the Los Angeles Angels with an 8-2 victory Thursday night.
Jose Quintana (7-10) allowed two runs and eight hits over six innings and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third. The left-hander struck out three and walked two — marking the 15th consecutive start in which he gave up fewer than three bases on balls.
Adam LaRoche capped the scoring with a two-run homer, helping the White Sox end a seven-game road losing streak and an eight-game victory drought at Angel Stadium.
Minor league callup Nick Tropeano (1-2) gave up six runs and eight hits through 4 1-3 innings in his third spot start of the season, four days after struggling Matt Shoemaker was optioned to Triple-A.
The right-hander retired only one of the seven batters he faced in the fifth, when Chicago snapped a 1-all tie. Until that inning, the White Sox were 1 for 21 in the series with runners in scoring position.
LaRoche led off with a single that ended a personal 1-for-24 drought. Alexei Ramirez followed with another single, and a bunt hit by Geovany Soto loaded the bases.
No. 9 hitter Carlos Sanchez gave Chicago the lead with an RBI single, Adam Eaton hit a sacrifice fly and Tyler Saladino singled home another run.
Abreu, who leads the White Sox with 73 RBIs, then lined a ball past third base that appeared to hit the line and was ruled foul by umpire Dana DeMuth. Manager Robin Ventura challenged the call, which was overturned after a video review, and Abreu was awarded a two-run double that made it 6-1.
One inning earlier, the White Sox had a runner at second with one out when Melky Cabrera hit a hard grounder past first baseman C.J. Cron and down the line. Umpire Ed Hickox ruled the ball foul and Ventura came out to argue, but to no avail because that type of play is not reviewable by video replay.
Eaton opened the game with a double and scored on a groundout by Abreu, giving Chicago its first lead in the series.
The Angels responded with a one-out RBI double by Mike Trout, the 22nd first-inning run Quintana has allowed this season and the 88th against the White Sox staff — the second-highest total in the majors.
The Angels loaded the bases in the third with a two-out single by Kole Calhoun and walks to Trout and Albert Pujols. But Quintana retired Cron on a fielder’s choice grounder.
White Sox: LHP Chris Sale (11-7) hooks up against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez on Friday night at Seattle in the opener of a three-game series. Sale is coming off a 3-1 win over the Cubs in which he pitched seven innings of one-hit ball and tied a career high with 15 strikeouts.
Angels: LHP Hector Santiago (7-6) opposes Toronto’s David Price on Friday night in the opener of a three-game set at the “Big A,” seeking his first victory since July 20. The first-time All-Star is 0-2 with a 5.08 ERA in his last five starts.