Chicago (72-69) at Los Angeles (80-61)

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  • Game info: 4:05 pm EDT Sun Sep 12, 2004
  • TV: FSCH, KDOC
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Jose Contreras got off to a strong start with the Chicago White Sox, but now he’s starting to show more of the inconsistency that got him shipped out of New York.

Contreras looks to bounce back from one of the worst starts of his career as the White Sox conclude their three-game series with the Anaheim Angels.

Contreras went 3-0 in his first four starts for Chicago after being acquired from the Yankees in exchange for Esteban Loaiza at the trade deadline. However, the Cuban right-hander lost three of his next four decisions and was pounded for a season high-tying eight runs and five hits in just 1 2-3 innings of Tuesday’s 10-3 defeat to the Texas Rangers.

The outing was the second-shortest of his career for Contreras, who gave up five runs before he was pulled after getting just two outs against Baltimore on July 3. Hes also allowed eight runs in a loss to the Boston Red Sox on July 25.

”(He) was pushing the ball and couldn’t find the plate,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “It was an ugly outing, but he’s thrown the ball well for us overall.”

The White Sox scored seven runs off Contreras in the second inning despite getting just three hits. He walked five and hit a batter in the frame.

“In the first inning I felt good,” Contreras said through an interpreter. “But in the second I couldn’t control my fastball. It was frustrating. If I can control the fastball, the other pitches are better.”

Contreras will face Bartolo Colon, who allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings of Tuesday’s 5-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, snapping a two-start losing streak. The Dominican right-hander, who went 15-13 with a 3.87 ERA last season for the White Sox, has won nine of his last 12 decisions since a frustrating 5-8 start.

“As a team overall, going deep in games helps us,” Colon said through his interpreter. “It’s a big lift, especially in September. You need the extra push because the playoffs are right around the corner.

The White Sox beat the Angels 13-6 on Saturday for their seventh win in nine games. Paul Konerko singled, doubled, scored twice and drove in three runs in Chicago’s eight-run second inning. Ross Gload added three hits, including a solo homer, and four RBIs, and Willie Harris went 4-for-5 and drove in two runs for the White Sox, who matched a season high for runs in an inning.

Troy Glaus homered, and Chone Figgins had three hits, two runs and a stolen base for the Angels. Anaheim, loser of three of eight, dropped two games behind first-place Oakland in the AL West and six behind the Boston in the wild-card race. The A’s beat the Cleveland Indians 5-4 and the Red Sox pounded the Seattle Mariners 9-0 on Saturday.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Contreras TEX vs. B. Colón NYM
13-9 Record 18-12
5.50 ERA 5.01
150 K 158
84 BB 71
1.47 WHIP 1.37