ANAHEIM, California (AP) — Taylor Ward hit a leading double in the seventh inning, Noah Syndergaard broke a losing streak of four games and the Los Angeles Angels gathered for a 4-3 win over the Chicago White socks on Monday evening.
Brandon Marsh added three hits for the Angels, who have won two consecutive home games for the first time in nearly five weeks. The Angels are 17-18 in The Big A this season, but have only won five of the last 19 in their margins.
Gavin Sheets had two hits for the White Sox, who dropped five of the six. Lucas Giolito threw six solid innings, but played no part in the decision.
Prior to the game, the Angels had nine players and coaches suspended by Major League Baseball for their role in a nasty brawl with the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
Interim manager Phil Nevin began serving his 10-game suspension on Monday evening. Banking coach Ray Montgomery led the club.
Assistant pitch coach Dom Chiti (five games), pitcher Andrew Wantz (three games) and Major League interpreter Manny Del Campo (two games) also started their suspensions. Montgomery will receive a two-game ban if Chiti returns.
The White Sox advanced 3-2 in the seventh on Josh Harrison’s RBI single before the Angels recaptured the lead in the bottom half.
Max Stassi walked with one out to Reynaldo Lopez (4-2) and moved to second base on Marsh’s single. Pinch-runner Monte Harrison and Marsh moved on the sacrifice bunt by Andrew Velazquez before Ward hit a two-run double off the wall into center right, just out of reach for centerfielder Luis Robert.
Syndergaard (5-6) gave up three runs on six hits in seven innings and struckout seven. It was the righthander’s first win since May 24 against Texas.
Raisel Iglesias worked the ninth for his 14th save.
Syndergaard retired the first nine White Sox-hitters in a row before Tim Anderson singled in the fourth inning.
The Angels got on the board with two outs in the second inning when Jared Walsh scored after a long flyout by Marsh went in and out of Sheets’ glove near the wall in rightfield. The ball slid off the top of the short fence in the corner, but remained in play. It was originally ruled a home run, but was converted into a triple.
Marsh scored when Velazquez grounded down the middle that bounced off Giolito’s foot into shallow right field for a hit.
The White Sox tied the score in the sixth on RBI doubles by Andrew Vaughn and Jose Abreu.
Anderson stole second in the fourth inning to become the 31st player in White Sox history with 100 stolen bases. Anderson, in his seventh year with Chicago, is 10 for 10 on steals this season.
White Sox: 3B Yoán Moncada (right hamstring injury) trained for the game with the expectation that he will return to the lineup on Tuesday. … RHP Liam Hendriks (right forearm strain) threw a bullpen, but there is still no decision whether he will go on drug addiction treatment.
Angels: INF Matt Duffy was placed on 10-day injured list due to low back cramps. C Matt Thaiss was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake.
White Sox: RHP Johnny Cueto (1-4, 3.19) is 4-0 with a 1.34 ERA in five career starts against the Angels.
Angels: A starter was not announced for Tuesday, but rookie RHP Chase Silseth (1-2, 4.96 ERA) is part of the team’s taxi squad and could be activated.
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