The Los Angeles Angels hosted the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night. Just a day after firing hitting coach Mickey Hatcher, the Angels offense showed up in spades, including a rare home run from Albert Pujols in a 7-2 victory.
Erick Aybar hit an RBI double in the bottom of the second inning to open the scoring, but the White Sox struck back in the top of the third. Dayan Viciedo hit a solo homer to tie the game and Chicago took the lead with an RBI double by Gordon Beckham.
The Sox lead was short-lived, as in the bottom of the third, Pujols hit a three-run homer; just his second of the year. The Halos took a 4-2 lead and never looked back, tacking on three more insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly from Howie Kendrick and a two-run homer from Vernon Wells.
Chicago had 10 hits in the game but was 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. The Angels rapped out 12 hits, including three-hit performances by Alberto Callaspo and Mark Trumbo.
Jerome Williams was once again terrific, going eight full innings and allowing 10 hits, but walking none and striking out five. He improves to 4-1 with the win.
The Angels will go for the two-game sweep on Thursday.
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