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Angels Win In Rainy Chicago, Beat Sox 4-3

The Angels (8-5) opened their 6-game road trip with a 4-3 win in cold and rainy Chicago, beating the White Sox (7-6). The win was the third in-a-row for the Halos and the 5th in their last 6 games. The game was delayed for half an hour in the top of the 6th due to rain, and was almost delayed again in the bottom of the 9th, but the rain let up before the grounds crew could bring the tarp onto the field.

Jered Weaver (4-0, 1.30 ERA) went 7 innings, giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits, while striking out 4 and walking none. The 4 strike outs brings Weaver’s total to 31 which leads the majors. Jordan Walden pitched a perfect 9th to record his second save. The Angels bullpen has now gone 25.1 innings without surrendering a run, while Weaver is the first pitcher to reach 4 wins.

The Angels scored all of their 4 runs in the top of the 4th inning after the White Sox had taken a 1-0 lead in the third. Alberto Callaspo singled to left after a one-out walk to Vernon Wells. With White Sox starter Philip Humber still on the mound, Mark Trumbo followed with a base hit to center scoring Wells. Chicago third baseman Brent Morel committed the Sox’ 15th error of the season when he made a wild throw to first on a Hank Conger ground ball. Callaspo scored on the play while Conger was safe at first with Trumbo ending up at third. Maicer Izturis, who went 3 for 5 on the night, hit a double into the gap scoring both Tumbo and Conger.

The series continues Saturday at 2:10 (Pacific) when Tyler Chatwood (0-1, 7.20 ERA) makes his second career start against Gavin Floyd (1-0, 2.40 ERA).

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