Updated: July 2, 2014 11:53PM
Leury Garcia singled through a five-man infield, scoring Alejandro De Aza from third in the ninth inning to give the White Sox a 3-2 walk-off victory against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.
Garcia punched a pitch from Mike Morin through the left side as the Sox salvaged a win in the three-game series after the Angels swept a doubleheader Tuesday night.
Zach Putnam (3-1) pitched 1 1 /3 innings in relief of John Danks to earn the win after Danks matched his career high with 10 strikeouts. The Sox left-hander left with the score tied at 2 in the eighth after Josh Hamilton homered to right on Danks’ 120th pitch. The Angels’ first run came on David Freese’s homer in the seventh.
Even though Danks was getting up there in pitches, manager Robin Ventura left him in to face Hamilton, a .438 hitter against him in his career.
“You give him a shot there,” Ventura said. “He had been through that part of the lineup, throwing pretty good to that part of the lineup. Even with Hamilton early on, he had him swinging and missing, and you take the known entity there of him facing him seeing how it was going tonight.”
“It was kind of a punch in the gut when Hamilton hit the homer, but it seems like it didn’t really faze these guys too much,” Danks said of his teammates. “Glad to be a part of it and happy that the guys rallied in the ninth.
“I felt great [in the eighth]. I actually wanted the eighth, and it’s unfortunate I wasn’t able to get out of it.”
The Sox led 2-0 on Alexei Ramirez’s two-run, bases-loaded single in the fourth against Tyler Skaggs that scored Adam Eaton (single) and Gordon Beckham (double). That was the only rocky inning for Skaggs, who threw 70 of his 87 pitches for strikes, walking one and striking out six.
Hamilton, playing left field, gave Skaggs an assist when he jumped up against the wall to take a homer away from Beckham in the first.
De Aza singled with one out in the ninth and went to third on Conor Gillaspie’s broken-bat single past first baseman Albert Pujols. The Angels brought in left-handed Kole Calhoun to replace right fielder Collin Cowgill and played him as the second baseman as part of a five-man, pulled-in infield.
Garcia, pinch-hitting for Moises Sierra, said he had the option to bunt.
“It depended on the situation, on what was going to happen in the game,” Garcia said. “I saw that he gave me a fastball, and I was ready to hit a fastball.”
The Sox’ dugout emptied, and players celebrated around Garcia in the infield. It was a happy ending for those left in the announced crowd of 18,207 (tickets sold) who had sat through a light, steady rain and drizzle.
Jose Abreu singled to extend his hitting streak to 17 games.
The Sox are off Thursday before opening a holiday weekend series at home against the Seattle Mariners.