CHICAGO (AP) — Rob Brantly hit the game-tying home run in the eighth inning and Tim Anderson hustled home for the go-ahead run as the Chicago White Sox rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.
Anderson scored from first base on a single by Rymer Liriano, as the throw from left fielder Ben Revere went to second base and Anderson alertly headed home, scoring easily on reliever Jesse Chavez (7-11).
Carlos Perez homered for the Angels, who used seven pitchers and sat stars Mike Trout and Justin Upton one night after being eliminated from playoff contention.
Gregory Infante (2-1) earned the win in relief, throwing a scoreless eighth inning. Juan Minaya earned his eighth save with a perfect ninth inning for the White Sox, who won for the 12th time in 19 games.
Rookie right-hander Dylan Covey threw 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs and four hits for the White Sox, who closed the home season at Guaranteed Rate Field.
For the Angels, Eric Young Jr. drove in Kaleb Cowart with a ground-rule double in the fifth inning to open the scoring. The next batter was Perez, who hit his first home run of the season to make it 3-0.
Yolmer Sanchez, who had three hits, had a two-run single in the bottom half of the inning after Liriano moved to third base on two passed balls by Perez after walking.
Right-hander Bud Norris, the Angels’ closer earlier this season, started and threw three scoreless innings.
C.J. Cron added a sacrifice fly for the Angels.
The Angels need to win their final three games this weekend to clinch a .500-or-better record for the 13th time in 18 seasons under manager Mike Scioscia.
Angels: RHP Matt Shoemaker (strained right forearm) has been stretched out to 100 feet in his throwing regimen, Scioscia said. . LHP Andrew Heaney (inflamed left shoulder) will not pitch the rest of the season as a precautionary measure. He was set to pitch Thursday but was scratched earlier this week. Heaney underwent Tommy John surgery in July 2016 and started five games this season. “There’s no doubt that his elbow is fine,” Scioscia said. “He’s over the shoulder and the little discomfort he had. He already has shown what you’re looking for, so there’s really no need for him to go out there and just prove that he’s over that little shoulder discomfort.”
White Sox: Starter Carlos Rodon had arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder and could miss the beginning of next season, general manager Rick Hahn said. Hahn said Thursday the left-hander should miss six to eight months after the surgery, which revealed significant bursitis, which was removed in Wednesday’s surgery. Rodon, 24, missed nearly the first three months of the season with shoulder and biceps problems and went 2-5 with a 4.15 ERA in 12 starts before returning to the disabled list on Sept. 8. “We’ll know more about the specifics of the timing when Carlos completes his rehab and begins throwing in spring training,” Hahn said.
Angels: Los Angeles will return home to close the season with three games against Seattle. LHP Tyler Skaggs (2-6, 4.48 ERA) of the Angels will face LHP Marco Gonzales (1-1, 5.51).
White Sox: The White Sox will close the season with a weekend series at Cleveland, who will start RHP Trevor Bauer (16-9, 4.28). Manager Rick Renteria said the White Sox would announce Friday’s starter after Thursday’s game.
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