Robinson Sets Up a Victory : Angels: Langston gets it in 6-3 decision over White Sox, and Harvey gets the save, but there is help aplenty in between.

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The Angels’ 6-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday ended with a familiar sight, Bryan Harvey picking up another save.

It included other refrains that have grown familiar this month.

--Mark Langston won another game, raising his record to 4-0 in May.

--Wally Joyner hit another home run, his sixth in the past 13 games.

--The Angel offense, occasionally suspect, hit four home runs in a game for the third time this season.

The Angels, before a crowd of 23,773 in Anaheim Stadium, won their eighth game in the last 11.


In the midst of it all, Angel Manager Doug Rader focused in on another sight, not so much a rare one as a rarely noted one.

When reliever Jeff Robinson entered the game in the eighth inning, Langston’s victory was not secured. Langston left with a 4-3 lead, with one out, a man on first and a fearsome hitter at the plate.

Neither Joyner nor Dave Winfield had hit the homers that would help seal the victory.

Rader zeroed in on Robinson, a right-hander with a 1.57 earned-run average.

“With all due respect to Harvey, he got the save, but Robinson gets a save, too,” Rader said. “He puts us in position to win.”

When Frank Thomas came to the plate with Tim Raines on first and one out in the eighth inning, Langston was done. He had allowed three runs and seven hits, striking out six while showing excellent control in walking only one, but Thomas had touched him for a homer.

Robinson came on in relief, and Thomas hit a potential double-play ball. But the grounder skipped between Gary Gaetti’s legs for an error, leaving runners on second and third.

That one-run lead was shakier than ever.

Robinson struck out Carlton Fisk and retired Sammy Sosa on a pop to shallow center, which Dave Gallagher scrambled in to catch.


“When Robinson came in, he threw a couple of nasty forkballs,” Chicago Manager Jeff Torborg said. “I mean the bottom just dropped out of them.”

After the Angels’ two homers in the bottom of the inning, Langston’s flawless May was preserved.

“The ballgame was Jeff Robinson’s,” Rader said. “He has done a fantastic job for us all year. He picked up a ballplayer and got the out when we needed it. That shows a good fiber about him, where he’s able to do well in tight situations. Naturally, Harvey gets the recognition, but everyone out there in the bullpen is doing an outstanding job.”

Harvey pitched the ninth inning for his 10th save.

Melido Perez (1-4) took the loss.

Langston (5-1) was appreciative of the help he got, pitching and otherwise.

“I’m enjoying the benefits of Wally,” he said. “He can do that all year as far as I’m concerned.”

Langston, who went 1-4 last May on the way to a 10-17 record, has watched as the Angels have scored 28 runs in his past three starts. Last season, they scored only 18 before his departure during his career-high 17 losses.

“My job is just to keep it close,” Langston said. “Look at tonight.”

The night also included homers by Gaetti and Donnie Hill.