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Two out? So what?

July 7 vs. L.A. Angels

Brent Lillibridge
Mother Nature

I thought Lillibridge's two-out, two-run single in the sixth put this game away. But another rain delay of two-plus hours? Yikes!

Short Take: The Sox committed five errors, but they still won thanks to some clutch hitting and another quality start by Freddy Garcia.

They say that scoring two-out runs is one of the best ways to demoralize an opponent. If that's the case, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Orange County of California will be heading back to their hotel with their tails between their legs Wednesday night. The White Sox scored each of their runs after two were out on their way to a 5-2 victory at rainy U.S. Cellular Field.

The Sox picked up their fourth consecutive win and moved a season-best seven games over .500 (45-38). In addition, they took over sole possession of second place. They are a half-game ahead of Minnesota, which lost 6-5 in Toronto. The Sox remain one game out of first, as Detroit beat Baltimore 4-2.

The two-out scoring started early. After Angels starter Joe Saunders (6-9) retired the first two hitters in the third inning, Alexei Ramirez and Alex Rios hit back-to-back singles. Paul Konerko knocked both men in with a double to right field that put the Sox ahead 2-0.

The Sox punched a hole in the game with a three-run sixth inning. With two on and two out, Dayan Viciedo ripped a double off the wall in left to give the Sox a 3-1 lead. That placed runners on second and third for Brent Lillibridge, who delivered a clutch two-run single to make it 5-1.

The Angels scored an unearned run in the eighth, but were unable to mount a serious comeback.

Raise your hand if you thought Freddy Garcia would lead the Sox pitching staff in wins at the All-Star break. The veteran right-hander improved to 9-3 by firing six quality innings. The Angels managed only an unearned run off him in the fifth. Garcia fanned six and walked just two. He pitched over and around three errors during those six innings.

J.J. Putz, Sergio Santos, Matt Thornton and Bobby Jenks combined to get the last nine outs of the game. Jenks worked a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his 19th save in 20 opportunities.

The only black mark tonight was the defense. By all rights, this should have been a shutout. The two Angels runs were gifts. This marked the first time the Sox had won a game while committing five errors since April 30, 1995, against Boston.

But all is well that ends well. The Sox have taken the first three games of this four-game set and will go for the sweep Thursday afternoon. John Danks (7-7, 3.58 ERA) will take the ball for the South Siders. His mound opponent is right-hander Ervin Santana (8-6, 3.95 ERA). Game time is 1 p.m. If you're not working, you can watch on Comcast SportsNet.

TBGR Diary:
Sox win, Twins lose. Happy birthday to me.

submitted by JB98.

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