Angels Take Starch Out of White Sox : Baseball: Gallagher has three hits against former team, which drops eight games behind Minnesota.
The Angels beat the Chicago White Sox, 4-2, Sunday, and it was a sweet victory for Dave Gallagher.
The Angel outfielder, who was wavied by the White Sox during the 1990 season, had a three-hit day.
“I have no animosity towards the players or the team,” he said. “But when you do well against the team that releases you, it’s very satisfying.”
As sweet as this one was for Gallagher, it was a bitter loss for the White Sox. They are now eight games behind Minnesota in the American League West with 12 to play.
“We’re hanging by our fingernails,” said White Sox Manager Jeff Torborg, whose team next goes to Minnesota for two games. “We can’t lose a game to them, and we probably can’t lose a game again.”
With the Twins beating Texas, 9-4, Minnesota’s magic number was reduced to five.
If not for the Angels, the White Sox probably would still be very much in the thick of a pennant race.
The Angels, who also won Saturday’s game, 4-3, finished with an 8-5 record against Chicago.
Gallagher batted .395 against his former teammates, going 15 for 38 with seven RBIs in the 13 games.
Gallagher was picked up by Baltimore after being waived by Chicago on Aug. 1, 1990, then went to the Angels in an off-season trade.
Sunday, he had two doubles and scored twice.
Lance Parrish had the big blow, a two-run home run in the sixth. It was his 18th homer of the year and 303rd of his career.
It also snapped a string of 99 homerless innings by the Angels.
“It’s been a rough year, but every once in a while I’m lucky to get one in the air,” Parrish said. “It’s been a struggle but the last seven or eight games I’ve hit halfway decent.”
Joe Grahe (3-7) allowed five hits and both Chicago runs in 5 1/3 innings. Bryan Harvey, the Angels’ fourth pitcher, threw a hitless ninth for his 42nd save.
Greg Hibbard (10-11) gave up all four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.
The Angels went ahead in the third when Shawn Abner singled, Gary Disarcina sacrificed and Gallagher doubled. Gallagher doubled to open the sixth, took third on Gary Gaetti’s flyout and scored on Stevens’ grounder. Parrish followed with a home run.
The game was the 1,500th of Gaetti’s career.