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August 5 vs. L.A. Angels


Today's Sox Crew:
Second shifters
A.J. Pierzynski and a cast of three relievers came into the game late to finish the job on Sunday afternoon.

Short Take: A.J. Pierzynski tied a franchise record by homering in his fifth straight game, lifting the Sox to a 4-2 win over the Angels.

Coming into this season, A.J. Pierzynski's career high in home runs was 18 -- a mark he set in the world championship season of 2005. This year, the Sox catcher has already surpassed that total. He's on pace to obliterate it.

Pierzynski came off the bench in the bottom of the seventh inning Sunday and delivered a two-run homer off Los Angeles Angels reliever Jason Isringhausen. The blast turned a 2-1 Sox deficit into a 3-2 lead, and the South Siders went on to capture a 4-2 victory.

For Pierzynski, the home run was his 21st of the season. He has 61 RBIs and appears poised to set a new career high in that department as well. His previous best was 77, set in 2004 when he was a member of the San Francisco Giants. He joins Greg Luzinski, Ron Kittle, Frank Thomas, Carlos Lee and Paul Konerko on the list of Sox players who have homered in five straight games.

Sunday's game didn't start out great for the Sox as they were baffled by Angels starter Dan Haren through the first five innings. Sox starter Francisco Liriano was nicked for a run in the fifth inning, and he had to leave the game with a thigh contusion after a liner off the bat of Macier Izturis struck him in the leg.

But things took a turn for the better when Nate Jones got out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the sixth by inducing Izturis to hit into a double play. Moments later, Kevin Youkilis connected for his third home run of the series to tie the game at 1-1. Unfortunately, Jones (5-0) walked the leadoff hitter in the top of the seventh inning, and it cost him when Torii Hunter's two-out single put the Angels back in front 2-1.

The lead lasted only a few moments, however. Dayan Viciedo started the bottom of the seventh inning with a base hit off Isringhausen (3-2). That set the stage for Pierzynski to pinch hit for Tyler Flowers. His home run just cleared the fence in right center and put the Sox ahead to stay.

After Brett Myers worked a scoreless eighth, Konerko led off the bottom of the inning with a single. One out later, Alexei Ramirez hit a triple that glanced off Hunter's glove in right center. Pinch runner Ray Olmedo came around to score an insurance run and make it 4-2 Sox.

Addison Reed pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 19th save. After walking the leadoff hitter, he rallied with a pair of strikeouts and got Kendrys Morales to fly out to center field to end the game.

With the win, the Sox take two out of three from the Angels and maintain their 1 1/2-game lead over Detroit in the American League Central. Up next, a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals starting Monday night. Left-hander Chris Sale (12-3, 2.61 ERA) returns to the rotation after getting some extra rest for the Sox. He'll be opposed by right-hander Luis "Cy" Mendoza (5-7, 4.32 ERA). Game time is 7:10, and you can watch it all on WCIU.

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