ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — C.J. Wilson bounced back strongly from his shortest outing of the season, taking a three-hit shutout into the eighth inning, and Josh Hamilton drove in three runs to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 4-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
The White Sox concluded a nine-game stretch in Southern California in which they lost two of three to San Diego, won two of three against the Dodgers and were swept by the Angels.
Wilson (7-5) was charged with one run over 7 1-3 innings, struck out six, and was lifted by manager Mike Scioscia after 107 pitches. Last Tuesday at Houston, the left-hander gave up five runs, six hits and five walks through 2 2-3 innings in a 7-2 loss.
Joe Smith relieved Wilson, giving up a double to pinch-hitter Alejandro De Aza, a run-scoring infield hit by pinch-hitter Conor Gillaspie and an RBI single by Adam Eaton before retiring Gordon Beckham in a double-play grounder.
Ernesto Frieri got three outs for his 10th save.
Jose Quintana (3-6) allowed four runs, seven hits and four walks through 4 1-3 innings and struck out four.
It was the eighth time in Quintana’s 13 starts that he left a game with fewer than three runs of support, and he is 0-6 in those outings.
Quintana escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first when he retired Hamilton on a popup and struck out C.J. Cron. But Hamilton drove in the Angels’ first run with a two-out double in the third, then made it 3-0 in the fifth with a bases-loaded two-run single after Quintana walked cleanup hitter David Freese. Cron followed with an RBI single that chased the left-hander.
Freese, who had never drawn more than two walks in any of his 507 previous regular-season games in the major leagues, got a free pass all four times up. That tied a franchise record for a nine-inning game, and was the first time it happened since May 18, 2013, when the White Sox walked Chris Iannetta four times.
NOTES: This was the Angels’ third series sweep this season, and Jered Weaver had recorded a victory in each of them. … The Angels are batting .170 with the bases loaded (8 for 47). … The last time Wilson faced the White Sox was May 17, 2013, when he lost his second 3-0 decision to Chris Sale in a span of six days. … Chicago 1B Jose Abreu started in the designated hitter role for the 10th time and was 0 for 4 with a pair of double-play grounders. A top contender for AL Rookie of the Year is 9 for 38 with four homers and 11 RBIs as a DH. … Wilson has pitched at least five innings in 12 of his 13 starts without allowing any fourth-inning runs. … The White Sox, who began the day trailing AL Central-leading Detroit by four games, open a nine-game homestand Monday night with a four-game series against the Tigers. SS Alexei Ramirez leads the league with a .381 home batting average.
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