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White Sox clip Angels, 5-3

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Sixth-inning counterpunch, stellar and voluminous relief pitching, pace win

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Los Angeles Angels
Big Bopper: Abreu gave the White Sox their first lead, in the first, with this 138th career home run.
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While the White Sox punched first on Monday night, it was the Angels’ three-run counterpunch that seemed to set this game on its usual course for Chicago, hurtling toward a 65th loss on the season.

But, trailing 3-2 in the sixth, a kitchen-sink White Sox offense set forth a resourceful string of at-bats —walk, walk, single, walk, sac fly, single, HBP — to flip the script into a 5-3 lead and eventual win.

It was José Abreu, who was the author of that homer in the top of the first and looking more on more on track to track on a strong end to July, who got the White Sox back even:

Preserving the lead took seven White Sox pitchers, beginning with starter Lucas Giolito, who in total threw six frames in a meh effort of five hits, three earned, four walks, five Ks and a 48 game score. The White Sox bullpen — tonight it was all but Chris Volstad and Hector Santiago who saw action — took it for the final three, with two hits, two walks and six whiffs in wrapping the game up.

Abreu and Tim Anderson both enjoyed 2-for-4 nights, while TA, Adam Engel and Yolmer Sánchez (3rd base) stole bases.

Potent power man Avisaíl García was scratched right before the game, when he was feeling some chest pains and had shortness of breath. But after being cleared at a local hospital (one theory is his hamstring medication was causing the problem) Avi entered the game in the eighth as a defensive replacement.