Rain can’t wash away Angels’ hitting woes

CHICAGO (AP) — Freddy Garcia pitched six solid innings, Paul Konerko hit a two-run double and the Chicago White Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 on a wet Wednesday night for their fourth straight victory.

The start of the game was delayed because of rain for two hours, 20 minutes.

Paul Konerko hit a two-run double and Chicago won despite making five errors. The Angels lost their third in a row.

Before the game, White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy was put on the 15-day disabled list because of a detached muscle in the back of his right shoulder, an injury that will almost certainly end his season. He was hurt early in Tuesday night’s win over the Angels.

Garcia (9-3), the most consistent pitcher in the White Sox rotation, allowed one unearned run and five hits. He has won six straight decisions against the Angels and is 15-3 over them lifetime.

Matt Thornton relieved with runners on first and second and one out in the eighth and retired Hideki Matsui on a flyball and Mike Napoli on a soft liner.

Closer Bobby Jenks pitched a perfect ninth for his 19th save in 20 opportunities.

Brent Lillibridge had a two-run single as the White Sox won for the 17th time in 21 games. The Angels have lost five of six.

Joe Saunders (6-9), who came into the game with a 3-0 record and a 1.53 ERA in four outings against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, allowed five runs on 10 hits.

Konerko doubled in the third after singles by Alexei Ramirez and Alex Rios.

The Angels took advantage of a two-out throwing error by third baseman Dayan Viciedo in the fifth for a run.

Chicago added three runs in the sixth. Viciedo hit an RBI double with two outs and Lillibridge followed with a single that made it 5-1.

The White Sox made two errors on the same play in the eighth, giving the Angels a run. With runners on first and second and one out, third baseman Omar Vizquel misplayed Torii Hunter’s bouncer. Ramirez at short picked the ball up and made an errant throw to second, allowing Erick Aybar to score from second.

NOTES: For the second straight game, White Sox RF Carlos Quentin was out of the lineup with a sore left knee. He is day-to-day. … The Angels and White Sox were delayed by rain for one hour, 41 minutes on Tuesday.

Updated 07/08/10