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Angels 8, White Sox 4: Hector Noesi loses grip on opener

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Sox starter carries no-hitter into the fifth, but control problems lead to abrupt exit

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Bullet point recap, since I missed large chunks of this game due to work

*The White Sox stunned Garrett Richards early. Adam Eaton and Gordon Beckham drew walks to start the game, and Jose Abreu followed with a low-altitude missile onto the patio in right for a quick 3-0 lead.

*Hector Noesi held that lead for four innings. In fact, he didn't even allow a hit. But his lack of control eventually caught up to him. He walked a career-high seven batters over five-plus innings, and five of his six innings started with a free pass.

The game got away from him after Colin Cowgill scored the first hit with a one-out bunt in the fifth. That put two on for Mike Trout, and Trout pulled a grooved fastball just inside the left-field foul pole for a home run. That tied the game, and Albert Pujols hammered a hanging slider to center to give the Angels a lead in a flash.

When he opened the sixth with a walk -- on his 115th pitch of the afternoon -- Robin Ventura went to the bullpen.

*Thanks to the doubleheader, Ventura had to extend Ronald Belisario and Daniel Webb for two innings apiece. The Angels tallied a run in each of the last three innings off them, although one of Webb's was unearned, as Pujols reached in the ninth on an Alexei Ramirez throwing error and came around to score.

*Webb struck out five over his two innings with zero walks ... but he also threw two wild pitches, his ninth and 10th of the year. He leads the entire staff in that department, despite throwing only 37 innings.

*The Sox threatened a couple times. Eaton was deprived an RBI on his two-out double in the bottom of the fifth. Alejandro De Aza had to return to third base when he would've scored iwthout a throw and tied the game. Instead, Beckham popped out to end the inning.

*Richards ended up lasting eight innings after the ugly first, and the Sox were happy to see him leave. Rich Hill faced three batters and allowed all of them to reach (a single and two walks), but Joe Smith induced a double-play ball from Ramirez to douse the threat. The Sox only scored a run, but it wasn't an RBI.

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