White Sox 13, Angels 6
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—The White Sox scored eight runs against Anaheim in the second inning, and Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen still wasn’t completely comfortable.
“You’ve got to score as many runs as you can because those guys over there (the Angels) can put up a lot of big numbers,” Guillen said.
Paul Konerko singled, doubled, scored twice and drove in three runs—all in the second inning—to lead the White Sox over the Angels 13-6 Saturday night.
Konerko’s bases-loaded double scored three runs, and Jamie Burke singled home a pair of runs as the White Sox sent 13 batters to the plate and pounded Aaron Sele (8-3) for eight runs—four earned—in the second.
“Aaron had good stuff but he didn’t make the pitches in situations,” Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said. “They (the White Sox) kept going and we could never get enough going to get a chance to get back in the game.
“It’s unfortunate that everything is going to be magnified at this time of year.”
Anaheim dropped two games back of Oakland in the AL West and six behind Boston in the wild-card race. Oakland beat Cleveland 5-4 and Boston routed Seattle 9-0 Saturday.
Jason Grilli, making his fourth start for the White Sox since being called up on Aug. 27, gave up five runs on nine hits in five-plus innings.
Grilli (2-1) struck out one, walked one and gave up a solo homer to Troy Glaus, his 14th, in the sixth inning.
“I really can’t take credit, with what the offense did,” Grilli said. “With a lead like that, I was just trying to stay focused.”
Sele walked one, hit a batter, and threw a wild pitch while facing 10 batters in the second inning. He lasted just 1 2-3 innings.
The Angels made two errors in the second, the highest-scoring inning against them this year. Sele made one of the errors when he bumped into catcher Bengie Molina going for Carlos Lee’s popup near the plate that Molina clearly was ready to catch for the third out.
The White Sox had scored four runs by then, but Sele walked Lee to load the bases and Chicago scored four more before reliever Ramon Ortiz finally ended the inning.
“You’re asking for trouble giving a team like that five outs in one inning,” Scioscia said.
Fans in the crowd of 42,568 booed Sele when he bumped into Molina, then booed the pitcher louder as he walked off the mound after being replaced by Ortiz.
It was the second poor outing in a row by Sele, who gave up seven runs on 10 hits in 3 1-3 innings of a 12-7 loss to Boston on Sept. 1. Because the Angels were off last Monday, he hadn’t pitched for 10 days.
The Angels’ right-hander had won eight of his first nine decisions this season.
The White Sox, whose eight-run inning matched their season high, built the lead to 10-1 in the third on RBI singles by Harris and Aaron Rowland against Ortiz.
Gload hit his solo shot, his fourth, off Ortiz in the sixth.
Konerko’s three RBIs gave him 102 this season, the second time in his career he’s topped 100.
Anaheim took a short-lived 1-0 lead on Vladimir Guerrero’s RBI single in the first inning.
Chone Figgins had three hits, stole a base and scored twice for the Angels.
Konerko drove in only 65 runs during a slump-ridden 2003 campaign. When he went over the 100-RBI mark, it assured the White Sox of having at least one player with 100 or more every year since 1990, when Ivan Calderon was tops on the club with 74. … The White Sox already had scored eight runs in an inning twice this year, the last time on May 23 at Minnesota. … LF Jose Guillen, who left the previous game because of soreness in his right arm, was back in the Anaheim lineup and went 2-for-3.