White Sox rally for third consecutive victory, beat Angels 5-4
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 16: Alex Rios (R) #51 of the Chicago White Sox is congratulated by teammate Adam Dunn #32 after hitting a homerun in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 16, 2013 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jeff Keppinger made his first walk worth waiting for.
In his 141st plate appearance with the White Sox, Keppinger walked on four pitches with the bases loaded in the eighth inning, lifting the Sox (18-21) to a 5-4 victory against the Los Angeles Angels (15-26) on Thursday night.
The walk was Angels reliever Michael Kohn’s third in a row. It followed a wild pitch by Dane De La Rosa that scored Alejandro De Aza and a game-tying RBI single by Adam Dunn.
Jesse Crain pitched a scoreless eighth, getting help on the third out from Keppinger, who made a nice stop on a sharp grounder to his right by Howie Kendrick with Mark Trumbo on third base.
Addison Reed pitched the ninth inning for his 13th save in 14 chances.
Alex Rios hit a 435-foot homer and threw out Chris Ianetta trying to score on a single. Keppinger also was credited with an RBI on an error by shortstop Erick Aybar.
The Angels took a 4-2 lead in the sixth against Sox starter Jose Quintana when Kendrick’s liner to left field deflected off Dayan Viciedo’s glove for a two-run double.
The Sox won their third in a row, tying their longest winning streak of the season.