A six-run outburst by the Angels offense in the bottom of the second inning was enough to put this game out of the reach of the Chicago White Sox, whose bats rallied for three runs in the eighth, before falling to Los Angeles by an 8-6 margin Thursday afternoon.
A two-run double and a two-run triple off the bats of Erick Aybar and Kole Calhoun, respectively, accounted for the bulk of the Angels’ second inning runs against White Sox starter Jose Quintana. Mike Trout and David Freese both added RBI singles in the frame, as well, stretching the club’s lead to 7-1 by the time the second drew to a close.
Quintana (0-1, 16.50) allowed seven runs – all of which were earned – on six hits and three walks over his three innings of work. Three White Sox relievers – Andre Rienzo, Ronald Belisario and Nate Jones – combined for five innings of one-run ball, a bright spot for Chicago.
A two-run home run off the bat of Blake Tekotte accounted for two-thirds of the White Sox runs in the eighth inning against Angels reliever Michael Kohn, with the other coming via a wild pitch from Kohn that allowed Alex Liddi to score. However, a pitching change led to the Angels working out of the jam, escaping with another win that moved their record to 8-7 on the year.
With the loss, Chicago dropped its second-straight contest, and fell to 5-7 on the year in Cactus League play.