ANAHEIM, Calif. -- They finally ended their scoreless streak, but the White Sox were no match for Albert Pujols on Sunday afternoon.
The White Sox crossed the plate with their first run in 34 innings, but Pujols homered twice and Jered Weaver sent them to an 8-1 loss at Angel Stadium. Pujols blasted a pair of two-run homers off starter Jacob Turner and the White Sox lost for the fifth time in six games. The Angels completed a sweep of the White Sox, who scored one run in the series and dropped to 45-46.
White Sox prospect Carson Fulmer struck out two in two scoreless innings in his major league debut.
“Very disappointing,” third baseman Todd Frazier said. “I think we’ll be OK, it’s just a matter of grinding out at-bats. Too many strikeouts. Pitchers doing their job man. We get zero or one run a game, nobody is going to get a win. It makes the pitchers look bad. We have to find a way to manufacture. We got a run today. Felt we were on the up and up, but just couldn’t put anything together.”
The White Sox finally snapped a scoreless streak that dated back to July 9 and included three straight shutouts for the first time since June 1968.
Adam Eaton’s two-out RBI double off Weaver in the top of the third inning ended the team’s third-longest scoreless streak since at least 1912. The White Sox were six innings shy of establishing a franchise-mark for offensive futility when Eaton drove a 1-1 changeup from Weaver into left-center field to score rookie Omar Narvaez, who earlier doubled in his first major league at-bat.
“I didn’t know that,” Narvaez said. “As soon as I stepped on home plate they told me, it was like 30 innings without a run. I feel proud of myself, a lot of work everywhere to get where I am now.”
But with the score 2-1, Jose Abreu popped out to first to end the threat and the White Sox were never heard from again.
Weaver beat the White Sox for the eighth straight time and improved to 12-2 against them with seven innings of one-run ball. He allowed six hits, walked one and struck out one.
“You sit there and marvel at just the fact it’s not going very hard and speed isn’t anything to alarm you about, but (Weaver) almost throws it under that, anything that’s a comfortable hitting speed,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “He takes a little off, big curveball. Nothing seems to be in the middle of the plate.
“Scoring one in a series is not going to do it for you.”
Especially when Pujols drives in four runs.
Turner walked the game’s first batter (Yunel Escobar) on four pitches and recorded hard outs off the bats of Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout. Pujols then ripped a 1-0 fastball out to center to put the Angels up 2-1.
Turner, who was added to the 40-man before the game, retired six of the next seven he faced. But Trout doubled to start the fourth inning and Pujols hammered a 1-2 curveball for another two-run shot and a 4-1 lead. The Angels scored twice more off Turner, who allowed eight earned runs and seven hits in four-plus innings.
“Obviously you work hard to get back here, and you appreciate any opportunity you get,” Turner said. “From that standpoint, you realize all the work you put in to get back here. But you have to go out there to win the game and to execute pitches, and there were too many pitches today I didn’t execute.”