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White Sox 5, Angels 4: Mad dash decides it

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Tim Anderson puts Sox ahead by scoring from first on a single

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Chicago White Sox Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

The White Sox gave the home crowd one more adrenaline rush to cap off the home slate of a surprisingly enjoyable 90something-loss season. The White Sox erased a two-run deficit with a three-run eighth, giving credence to the Hawk Harrelson cliche that “Ricky’s boys don’t quit.”

Rob Brantly tied the game in the eighth with a two-out, two-run homer, which somehow wasn’t the most thrilling development in the inning. That came courtesy of Tim Anderson, who followed Brantly’s blast with a single. Rymer Liriano worked a full count, allowing Anderson to be in motion on a single to left, toward the rag-armed Ben Revere.

Anderson ran hard to third, and just as he started slowing up, he picked up Nick Capra waving him home. He resumed his sprint speed as the throw bounced into second, and Anderson crossed the plate for the go-ahead run without a throw.

Juan Minaya pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to send the charged-up crowd home happy for the winter.

Dylan Covey’s start tonight looked much like his previous outing — early dominance, followed by mid-inning struggles. His only unintentional walk started his problems.

With one out in the fifth, Covey issued a free pass to Kaleb Cowart, who stole second and scored on Eric Young Jr.’s ground-rule double for the game’s first run. Carlos Perez then rode the wind out to the White Sox bullpen for a two-run homer that gave Los Angeles a 3-0 lead.

The battery — including Perez — helped give the White Sox two of those runs back. Liriano drew a leadoff walk off Noe Ramirez, took second on a passed ball, which was nullified by a walk to Adam Engel. In came Blake Wood, who saw both runners move up on another passed ball by Perez. Yolmer Sanchez maximized the concept of scoring position with a two-run single through the right side, although he stalled the momentum when he stepped on the wrong side of second and didn’t re-touch while returning to second on a hit-and-run pop-up.

Covey then gave one of those runs back in the sixth. Cliff Pennington led off with a double, then took the remaining 180 feet on a pair of deep flies that made it a 4-2 game.

The White Sox offense didn’t look up to the challenge of coming back through seven innings, but the bullpen afforded it the opportunity to rally. Aaron Bummer retired both batters he faced, stranding a runner. Al Alburquerque worked around a walk, and Gregory Infante pitched a scoreless eighth. He picked up the win, and Minaya the clean save.

Bullet points:

*The White Sox finished with a 34-47 home record.

*Yoan Moncada, Jose Abreu and Nicky Delmonico were the only White Sox without either a run or an RBI.

Record: 66-93 | Box score