Skip to content
You could say that Bartolo Colon was due for a bad outing Monday.
After all, he entered the game 4-0 with a 1.14 ERA in his last four starts.
But that same logic didn't apply to the White Sox, who are as popular in California as Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The Sox entered Monday 1-8 at Edison Field since 2001. The Angels outscored them 30-7 in a three-game sweep last May that featured a 19-0 bludgeoning, the Sox's most lopsided loss in franchise history.
The Sox brought a different team to California on Monday, but the results didn't change. The Angels hung on for a 10-8 victory, just their second win in their last 10 games.
The Sox not only fell to 8-31 on the West Coast since 2001, they lost ground in the American League Central. Kansas City beat the Yankees 12-9 to take a 1 1/2-game lead, and Minnesota won its fourth straight, a 5-3 decision over Cleveland. The Twins are just a game behind the Sox.
The Sox have no one to blame but themselves. They blew three chances to build a big lead Monday against Aaron Sele.
Miguel Olivo stranded two runners in the second inning. Paul Konerko grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the third.
The Sox took a 3-2 lead in the fifth on singles by Carlos Lee and Frank Thomas and an opposite-field double by Magglio Ordonez. The Angels intentionally walked Carl Everett, and Ben Weber retired Konerko and Jose Valentin with the bases full.
The Angels, meanwhile, kept chipping away. Adam Kennedy led off the fifth with a single, took second on Colon's errant pickoff try, was sacrificed to third and scored on Chone Figgins' sacrifice fly.
Anaheim took a 5-3 lead in the sixth when Bengie Molina ripped a Colon fastball off the glove of Valentin, who dived to his right.
The Angels added one in the seventh when Colon failed to cover the plate on a wild pitch. They broke it open in the eighth against lefty Scott Schoeneweis, who was facing his former team for the first time since a July 29 trade to the Sox.
The Sox didn't go down without a fight. Frank Thomas' 27th home run highlighted a four-run ninth inning. The Sox were a hit away from tying it against Angels closer Troy Percival. But Percival froze Roberto Alomar on a 2-2 pitch along the outside corner and induced a game-ending pop-up from Carlos Lee.
The Sox will turn to newcomer Tuesday. Neal Cotts, a 23-year-old left-hander who went 9-6 with a 2.12 ERA at Double-A Birmingham, will make his major-league debut.
"It's like acquiring somebody that nobody knows anything about," Manuel said. "And he has good stuff. It might take [teams] a while to figure him out, hopefully until end of October."