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The White Sox provided plenty of entertainment Friday night. They held their second annual "Halfway to St. Patrick's Day" promotion, sporting green caps and green lettering on their jerseys.
Claudia Moreno, the 2000 Miss Universe runner-up, created interest by throwing the ceremonial first pitch.
Aaron Rowand provided some amusement by nearly passing Paul Konerko on the base paths.
But all that turned to disappointment as Vladimir Guerrero doubled off Dustin Hermanson and scored from second on a Bengie Molina's sacrifice bunt to give the Angels a 6-5 victory in 12 innings.
The Sox missed a chance to win the game in the 11th when Rowand was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second on Juan Uribe's single, with left fielder Juan Rivera making a perfect throw.
Geoff Blum flied to right with runners at second and third to end the threat.
Sox rookie Bobby Jenks, whom Angels general manager Bill Stoneman placed on waivers last winter, struck out five in three innings of relief.
Paul Konerko helped carry the Sox's offense with two doubles and a home run.
Konerko's second double triggered a four-run rally in the fourth that enabled the Sox to overcome a 2-0 deficit, and his home run in the fifth off Angels left-hander Jarrod Washburn gave the Sox a 5-4 lead.
Konerko's homer was his 37th of the season and the 200th of his career. He has hit five home runs in his last six games.
Konerko has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games and is batting .412 (21-for-51) during that span.
In the 10th, Konerko ripped a line drive directly at second baseman Zach Sorenson, who threw to first to nail Carl Everett to complete a double play.
There were some enlightening moments in the fourth. Jermaine Dye hit a drive just over the outstretched glove of Vladimir Guerrero in right.
Konerko made sure the ball cleared Guerrero's glove before breaking off second. But Rowand had to perform a Sammy Sosa-esque hop to make sure he didn't pass Konerko after rounding second. Rowand was on Konerko's heels as they scored to tie the game.
Dye ended up with a triple and scored on A.J. Pierzynski's grounder to second.
Juan Uribe capped the rally by cranking his 13th homer. Uribe has hit safely in eight of his last nine games.
Mark Buehrle was pulled after six innings and 85 pitchesequaling the fewest he has thrown this season since he was ejected on Aug. 1 after hitting Baltimore's B.J. Surhoff.
But this time, the Angels made convincing contact off him. They collected four two-out singles in the first for a 2-0 lead and strung together four consecutive hits to start the fifth and tie the game 4-4.
Buehrle was baffled by a balk called on him by first-base umpire Tim Welke in the fifth that eventually scored longtime Sox nemesis Chone Figgins.
The Sox elected to remain on a five-man rotation to help Buehrle (15-7) and Jon Garland (17-8) have a shot at the AL Cy Young Award, but Buehrle hurt his chances for the second time in three starts. Buehrle also has allowed nine home runs in his last six starts (42 innings) after surrendering one in his previous 11 (761/3). Robb Quinlan, a .218 hitter, tied the game at 5-5 in the sixth on a homer off Buehrle.