ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Jose Abreu homered and drove in two runs, leading Lucas Giolito and the Chicago White Sox to a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
Shohei Ohtani hit a solo home run for the Angels, who squandered a 3-1 lead.
Leury Garcia had a go-ahead sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in Chicago’s three-run sixth. Los Angeles starter Jaime Barria (5-7) and reliever Hansel Robles combined to walk three batters and hit another with a pitch during the inning, in addition to allowing an infield single. The White Sox had just two hits during the rally.
Abreu hit a solo home run, his 14th of the season, in the first. It was just his second home run this month. The All-Star slugger also tied the game at 3 with a single in the sixth.
Giolito (7-8) gave up three runs and four hits in six innings during his first career start against the Angels. The Southern California native struck out five and walked three, one intentional.
Joakim Soria allowed a leadoff single to David Fletcher in the ninth and walked Mike Trout with two outs before throwing a called third strike past Justin Upton for his 15th save.
Kole Calhoun had an RBI double for the Angels in the third and Trout added a sacrifice fly.
Ohtani homered to center field in the fourth to give Los Angeles a 3-1 advantage. The two-way star from Japan has hit all eight of his long balls at home against right-handed pitchers. He is the first Angels rookie to hit his first eight homers at home.
Garcia scored on Kevan Smith’s groundout in the fifth. Smith also was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the sixth, forcing in a run.
Barria hasn’t won since June 1. He left with a 3-2 lead but issued back-to-back walks in the sixth before being replaced by Robles. Barria was charged with four runs and four hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out two.
Giolito loaded the bases in the fifth but got out of trouble when Albert Pujols grounded into a fielder’s choice.
White Sox: OF Avisail Garcia (illness) was scratched from the lineup. He entered to play right field in the eighth.
Angels: Pujols (left knee inflammation) was activated from the disabled list and started at first base.
White Sox: LHP Carlos Rondon (2-3, 3.56 ERA) is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA and 13 strikeouts over his past two starts. He threw 7 1/3 scoreless innings last time out in a win against St. Louis.
Angels: RHP Felix Pena (1-0, 3.42) has a 4.76 ERA at home compared to 0.96 on the road this season. He’ll face the White Sox for the first time.
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