Jon Garland was nearly traded to Anaheim last winter before the Angels nixed the deal at the last minute.
Garland, the Angels' brass decided, just wasn't marketable enough.
Pitching against his hometown team on Saturday night in Edison Field, Garland put the Sox in a five-run, first-inning hole, leading to a 6-3 loss before 40,535.
Ramon Ortiz (4-3) held the Sox to three runs over seven innings, dealing them their third straight loss. Paul Konerko's two-run homer in the sixth ended a 21-inning scoreless drought for the Sox, but they dropped to 0-5 in California this year and 3-20 on the West Coast since 2001.
One night after suffering the worst loss in team history, the Sox desperately needed a strong outing from Garland. But the Southern California native didn't deliver, getting roughed up early.
Garland (4-2) entered the night with a four-game winning streak, aided by the most run support of any major-league starter, 10.37 runs per outing. Sox manager Jerry Manuel said beforehand that the 22-year-old right-hander shouldn't be intimidated by Friday's results, when the Angels pounded out 24 hits, including five home runs.
``This isn't high school,'' Manuel said. ``This is the major leagues. He's going to run into (hot) teams at times. ... The starting pitcher has three to four days to prepare. He knows who he's getting. They don't know as much about him as he should about them. Nothing should really faze him when he's ready to go take the mound. If he gets shaken and starts walking guys, I'd really be concerned.''
But after retiring the first man he faced, Garland gave up a single, a two-run homer to Troy Glaus and a double to Garret Anderson. With two outs, he walked Tim Salmon, gave up a two-run double to Scott Spiezio and an RBI single to Jorge Fabregas, making it 5-0.
When the inning was finally over, Garland made a bee-line for the Sox clubhouse, followed by pitching coach Nardi Contreras. Though Garland settled down after the first, it was too late to matter.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times