ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels are off to one of their worst starts in franchise history, but the Chicago White Sox haven't had the best of fortunes either. For that reason, the White Sox certainly weren't going to refuse the Angels' generous offer of handing them the ballgame.
The White Sox (18-21) scored three runs in the eighth inning to rally from a 4-2 deficit and come away with a 5-4 win over the Angels on Thursday night at Angel Stadium. The White Sox had three hits in the decisive inning, but they got plenty of help from the Angels as well.
Los Angeles center fielder Mike Trout failed to hit the cutoff man early in the inning, but most of the Angels' troubles came from their pitchers failing to hit their spots. The first White Sox run of the inning came home on a wild pitch by Dane De La Rosa, the second on an RBI single by Adam Dunn, and the go-ahead run on bases-loaded walk issued by Michael Kohn.
Kohn entered the game with one out and one on and the score tied 4-4. He retired the first batter he faced but then walked the next three hitters, including Jeff Keppinger, whose free pass forced home Dunn for the 5-4 lead.
For Keppinger, it was his first walk of the season after 140 plate appearances without one.
"I don't know if you're necessarily rooting for that, but it was good to get, at the right time for us," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Everybody battled, to come back and keep grinding away, I just liked how the offense battled. We're going to have to do that."
The Angels (15-26) jumped in front 4-2 in the sixth inning when Howie Kendrick doubled to left field off the glove of Dayan Viciedo, scoring Mark Trumbo and Josh Hamilton. Angels starter Jerome Willams took the mound with the lead into the top of the seventh, but after he gave up a leadoff single to Paul Konerko, Angels manager Mike Scioscia came out with the hook.
"I felt strong," said Williams, who gave up two runs and five hits while throwing only 75 pitches. "It's Scioscia's decision, so I'm just gonna go with it. I'm just gonna keep on throwing the ball, and whenever he takes me out, he takes me out."
De La Rosa was able to get out of the seventh with the lead still intact, but the game blew up in the eighth. De La Rosa (1-1), who got the loss, and Kohn combined to get only two outs while giving up three hits and three walks. And, of course, the three runs.
"It was just an off night," Kohn said. "Things kind of steamrolled and it was just one of those bad days."
It was a bad day all around for the Angels, who also made two errors.
"You need to take advantage of it," Ventura said. "Tonight's just one of those nights where you don't want somebody to try to do something extra special. You're just going out and playing the game and let it happen."
Matt Lindstrom (2-2) picked up the win in relief of starter Jose Quintana, who went 6 2/3 innings, allowing four runs and six hits. Addison Reed pitched the ninth for his 13th save.
Williams and Quintana combined to retire the first 16 batters of the game before Chris Iannetta singled with one out in the bottom of the third off Quintana. J.B. Shuck sacrificed Iannetta to second, and Erick Aybar followed with a single to right. Iannetta was waved home, but right fielder Alex Rios fired a perfect, one-hop throw to catcher Tyler Flowers, who tagged out the runner.
Rios then did it with the bat in the fourth inning, hitting his ninth home run of the season to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead. The lead lasted only until the bottom of the fourth, when Albert Pujols hit his seventh homer of the year with Trout on base following a walk. The blast gave the Angels a 2-1 lead.
The White Sox tied the game at 2-2 in the fifth inning. Conor Gillaspie doubled and later scored on an error by Aybar at shortstop.
NOTES: Angels RHP Ryan Brasier and RHP Billy Buckner were called up from Triple-A Salt Lake to pitch out of the bullpen. To make room on the roster, LHP Michael Roth was optioned to Salt Lake, and RHP Barry Enright was designated for assignment. ... Angels RHP Kevin Jepsen (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Thursday and said he felt good. Jepsen, on the disabled list since April 13, is expected to begin a rehab assignment in the next week. ... Los Angeles LHP Sean Burnett (forearm) threw a bullpen session Thursday, and he likely will begin a short rehab assignment this weekend. If all goes well, he could be activated by Tuesday. ... White Sox LHP John Danks (shoulder) is scheduled to make his fourth rehab start Saturday for Triple-A Charlotte. Danks could be activated by next week. ... White Sox INF Angel Sanchez (back) began a rehab assignment with Charlotte in Wednesday night. He went a combined 1-for-5 for the Triple-A club Wednesday and Thursday.