The last time Chili Davis had a hamstring problem, he missed
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ The last time Chili Davis had a hamstring problem, he missed 24 games. The California Angels, trying to wrap up the AL West title, hope his latest injury isn’t so serious.
Davis, who was out between June 20 and July 17 with a strained left hamstring, felt tightness in his right hamstring Tuesday night as he ran to first, his drive to the fence in left-center bringing in the Angels’ final run in a 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Davis pulled up at first, was replaced by pinch runner Orlando Palmeiro, and limped slightly as he walked back to the dugout.
Angels trainer Ned Bergert said the severity of Davis’ injury probably wouldn’t be known for awhile, explaining, ``We’ll have a better idea in 24 to 48 hours.″
The Angels, who maintained their six-game lead on Seattle in the division race, lost second baseman Damion Easley to an injury on Monday night. He was carried off the field with a strained left knee, but may be back in the lineup in a few days.
California already was without shortstop Gary DiSarcina, who tore a ligament in his left thumb on Aug. 3. He has been recovering quickly, however, and may be back before the regular season is over.
Manager Marcel Lachemann, growing accustomed to dealing with adversity, said of Davis’ injury: ``I hope it isn’t anything real serious. If it is, that’s something else we’ll have to go through.″
Asked what he would do if Davis is sidelined again, Lachemann joked, ``What do you want me to do? Quit? We’ll get it done.″
Garret Anderson, who made a key defensive play and also homered, said the Angels would just have to survive if Davis misses some games. They were 14-10 during his earlier absence.
``All cleanup hitters are important to their team,″ Anderson, a rookie, said. ``When he was hurt before, players picked up the slack, but we still missed him.″
Anderson saved a run in the top of the sixth, then tied the game with a homer off Wilson Alvarez in the bottom of the inning.
With one out and runners at first and second, Anderson scooped up Ray Durham’s single to left and made a perfect throw to nail pinch-runner Dave Martinez at the plate.
In the Angels’ half of the inning, Anderson led off with his 14th homer, only the second hit off Alvarez.
``He did it all,″ Lachemann said of Anderson’s two big contributions. ``As they say, `That’s driving the bus.‴
Mark Langston (15-4) outduelled Alvarez (7-9) for seven innings, then Troy Percival shut out the White Sox in the eighth and Lee Smith pitched the ninth for his 34th save.
Langston allowed one run and six hits, striking out six and walking three.
Alvarez, who held the Angels to one hit through five innings, went 7 2-3 innings, allowing three runs and six hits, with six strikeouts and six walks.
The loss, Chicago’s 10th in 11 meetings with the Angels this season, also ran Alvarez’s record on the road to 0-8 in 12 starts in 1995. In 10 of those starts, he has held the opposition to three or fewer runs.
``He’s pitched outstanding,″ catcher Barry Lyons said. ``It’s just a shame we can’t get some runs for him and for ourselves.
``He did all he could do tonight and pitched a great game. He located the ball and stayed ahead of the hitters. You can’t question or fault anything he did.″
Greg Myers drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the seventh to score J.T. Snow from second. Snow walked in the eighth then scored from first on Davis’ long single.
Chris Snopek drove in Chicago’s only run with an RBI single in the second.