White Sox 5, Angels 2

Freddy Garcia has already matched the expectations of his


Before the season, Ozzie Guillen said if Garcia reached double

digits in wins, the Chicago White Sox would take the AL


Garcia pitched six solid innings for his ninth victory, Paul

Konerko hit a two-run double and the White Sox beat the Los Angeles

Angels 5-2 on a wet Wednesday night for their fourth straight


The White Sox jumped ahead of the Minnesota Twins for second

place in the AL Central and trail the Detroit Tigers by one


“He’s been pitching so good for us I can’t even say anything

more about Freddy,” Guillen said. “Like I said earlier, if Freddy

won nine or 10 games we would be in first place, well we’re almost


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


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


Not bad for someone that entered the season as the fifth starter

in the rotation.

“Freddy keeps on throwing those gems for us,” outfielder Juan

Pierre said. “I know from the other end and facing a guy like that

he just frustrates you. It’s a comfortable 0 for 3, 0 for 4 because

you can’t believe it. The guy knows how to pitch, he knows what he

is doing.”

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.

“We had some opportunities that could have changed of the

things that went on later in the game. We had a little trouble with

guys in scoring position. Some of our guys are squeezing the bat a

little hard. The guys are playing hard, we’re just not getting that

one hit to fall in, especially early in the game,” Angels manager

Mike Scioscia said.

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


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.

“Joe did try to get a little too fine realizing we were only

scoring two runs, it just went in a negative direction,” Scioscia

said. “He used a lot early to squash some rallies. As the game

went later those guys made some adjustments and got some big hits

in the sixth inning.”

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


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.

“I think the pitching staff overcome those errors. That’s how

you win games, you don’t lay there and worry about errors, they

picked each other up. When that happens that shows what kind of

ballclub you have right now,” Guillen said.

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.