The White Sox were down 10 of 11 with a loss to the Angels

CHICAGO (AP) – Taylor Ward and Shohei Ohtani hit in the first inning of solo homers against Lucas Giolito and the Los Angeles Angels had a combined three hits for their sixth straight win, 5-1 over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night .

Ward finished with three hits and two RBIs, and Ohtani scored three runs as the Angels used seven pitches to climb seven games above .500 for the first time since June 11, 2018.

Anthony Rendon had two doubles and an RBI and David Fletcher added two doubles in his return from a hip injury.

Tim Anderson had two hits for the White Sox, who were down 10 of 11. Anderson doubled late in the first and scored, but Chicago didn’t get another hit until Jose Abreu got through a two-out single in the seventh.

Los Angeles pitchers retired 18 consecutive White Sox batters on a night when slated Angels starter Noah Syndergaard was scratched with an undisclosed illness. Manager Joe Maddon said Syndergaard “didn’t feel well” ahead of the match, but did not elaborate on symptoms.

Jimmy Herget stepped in to start and pitched three innings, allowing a run and a hit. Austin Warren (2-0) followed with two perfect innings and Archie Bradley pitched a 1-2-3 sixth.

Aaron Loup and Ryan Tepera followed with a scoreless run each. Mike Mayers got first on the ninth, but allowed Anderson’s second hit and hit Andrew Vaughn with a pitch. Raisel Iglesias had the final two outs and his sixth save as the White Sox charged the bases.

Ohtani’s fourth homer ended a 10-game drought for the Japanese-born two-way star, who hit 46 last season.

Ward’s homer was his fifth and fourth in five games.

Giolito (0-1) allowed three and five hits while striking out seven in six innings, his longest outing this season. The White Sox ace settled into his third start and second after missing two weeks with an abdominal strain he suffered on Opening Day in Detroit.

Ward hit the first home run of his career left on a 0-1 curveball from Giolito to start the first. Ohtani’s shot to left center with two outs made it 2-0

The White Sox cut it to 2-1 in the bottom half. Anderson scored after Yasmani Grandal’s ground player went under Angels second baseman Matt Duffy.

Mike Trout made a leaping catch on Abreu’s drive to the right center wall to close out the fourth.

Rendon doubled at Ohtani in the sixth to make it 3-1. Walsh doubled Ohtani at home in eight, then Ward added an RBI brace in the ninth.


If the Angels and White Sox were to play a double Sunday – heavy rain is forecast for Saturday in Chicago – Maddon hinted Syndergaard could be available to start.

Syndergaard is 2-0 with a 1.04 in his first two starts with the Angels in a comeback attempt. He signed a one-year, $21million contract with Los Angeles in November after being limited to just two runs for the past two years following Tommy John’s surgery in March 2020.


Angels: Fletcher started at shortstop after being out since April 11. Los Angeles tapped infielder Jack Mayfield to its taxi squad in a corresponding move, the Angels’ first roster change in 10 days.

White Sox: Luis Robert was back in center field after missing six games with a groin injury. … RHP Ryan Burr (straight right shoulder) returned from a rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte and pitched in the ninth. RHP Kyle Crick has been opted for the farm club.


Angels LHP Jose Suarez (0-1, 5.54) is set to face White Sox RHP Vince Velasquez (0-2, 6.75) on Saturday afternoon.


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