KEY MOMENT: C.J. Cron laced a two-out, two-run double to left field in the fourth inning, turning a 2-1 Angels lead into a 4-1 cushion and sparking a five-run rally that included Hank Conger's RBI single, Grant Green's single and Kole Calhoun's two-run double.
AT THE PLATE: Calhoun led off the first with a homer to right. Mike Trout singled, stole second — his first stolen base since May 14 — and scored on Josh Hamilton's double for a 2-0 lead. Hamilton also singled during the fourth-inning rally. Albert Pujols was in a five-for-41 skid (.122) before leading off the eighth with his 15th homer of the season and 507th of his career. Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer in the ninth off Angels closer Ernesto Frieri.
ON THE MOUND: It was a six-inning struggle for Angels ace Jered Weaver, who issued a season-high four walks and hit a batter but managed to limit the White Sox to two runs and five hits and strike out nine, a season-high. His biggest pitch was an 85-mph down-the-middle fastball that Dunn took for a called third strike with the bases loaded to end the third. Kevin Jepsen pitched a scoreless seventh and has allowed no runs and two hits over nine innings of his last 12 appearances. Joe Smith gave up a leadoff single in the eighth and hit two batters with two outs but got Adam Eaton to pop to first with the bases loaded to end the inning.
DRAFT UPDATE: The Angels stockpiled more big-bodied pitchers on the second day of the draft, taking Mississippi right-hander Chris Ellis (6-5, 205) in the third round, Illinois State right-hander Jeremy Rhoades (6-4, 225) in the fourth round and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M right-hander Jake Jewell (6-3, 200) in the fifth round. Their next five picks were Tift County (Ga.) High outfielder Alex Abbott, Kennesaw (Ga.) State outfielder Bo Way, Iowa shortstop Jake Yacinich, Texas Christian right-hander Jordan Kipper and Louisiana-Lafayette outfielder Caleb Adams.
REHAB REPORT: Infielder Ian Stewart, on the disabled list since May 12, felt so much pain in his bruised left hand that he took two cortisone injections Friday. He has been unable to swing a bat, and there is no timetable for his return.
EXTRA BASES: Howie Kendrick did not play for only the second time this season, but Manager Mike Scioscia said it was a scheduled day off for the second baseman. … White Sox left-hander Chris Sale, who will start Saturday night, is 3-0 with an 0.36 ERA in six career games against the Angels.
UP NEXT: Right-hander Matt Shoemaker (3-1, 4.03 ERA) will oppose Chicago left-hander Sale (5-0, 1.59 ERA) at 7 p.m. Saturday at Angel Stadium. On the air: FS West; Radio: 830.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times