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Angels 3, White Sox 2: Comeback bid dies on warning track

Austin Jackson comes up a few feet short of a walk-off homer as Sox split series

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Jered Weaver's fastball spent most of the day in the low '80s, but it was still enough to continue flummoxing White Sox hitters.

Diminished stuff and all, Weaver limited the Sox to a Melky Cabrera solo homer over seven innings. Only until the ninth did the Sox sustain a threat, which started with a Todd Frazier solo homer, but ended when Austin Jackson's bid for a game-winning homer fell into Craig Gentry's glove on the warning track.

The Sox entered the inning trailing 3-1, and Street was one pitch away from ending it. Frazier had other ideas, leaning out and blasting a 1-2 slider over the wall in right center to make it a one-run game. Street then couldn't away either Cabrera or Brett Lawrie, walking both on full counts. Jackson wasn't going to wait for a walk, jumping on a hittable first-pitch slider and putting a good swing on it. Alas, he caught it a little on the end of the bat, and it didn't have the gas to get out.

So John Danks ended up with only two runs of support, giving him five over three starts. He's lost all of them, but this one more closely resembled a winning effort. He walked five batters over six innings, but he induced three double plays. In fact, the walks didn't hurt him -- a two-out single by Andrelton Simmons did, because it extended the fifth inning to Mike Trout. Danks grooved a 1-1 fastball to him, and Trout hit it about 15 rows deep to make it a 2-0 game.

Danks' line wasn't the prettiest -- 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 1 HR -- but he shifted the blame to the offense for at least one day.

The Sox didn't put a dent in Weaver's line until the seventh, when Cabrera smoked an 0-1 changeup out to right for his first homer of the season. That was one of the few convincing swings off Weaver, who only allowed three hits and two walks over his seven innings. He's now 11-2 with a 1.94 ERA over 14 career starts against the Sox.

He received a key insurance run in the ninth thanks to smallball. Facing fellow lefty Zach Duke, Kole Calhoun shot a grounder past a shifting Frazier for a leadoff double. He moved to third on a sac bunt, after which Duke intentionally walked C.J. Cron for a potential double play.

The Angels had already hit into four double plays, so Mike Scioscia didn't risk another one. He had Carlos Perez up there for the suicide squeeze. He fouled the first attempt off, but Duke gave him another buntable pitch, and Perez executed it for an easy run.

Bullet points:

*Jake Petricka had his best outing of the year, throwing two scoreless innings and erasing a walk with a double play.

*Tyler Saladino was picked off after pinch-running for Alex Avila.

*Dioner Navarro tried catching Calhoun off third base after the intentional walk to Cron, which was a bit of veteran savvy that stood in contrast to the two buntable pitches.

*Jose Abreu went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, and is now 2-for-27 over his last seven games.

Record: 10-6 | Box score | Highlights