Kevin Youkilis brought his team back, but the White Sox couldn't finish the job.
With the Sox down 5-3 in the seventh, Youkilis belted a long two-run home run -- his second of the game -- to tie the contest. But Matt Thornton allowed a double to Alberto Callaspo with two out in the 10th, and Howie Kendrick followed that up with a single to right that pushed the Angels to a 6-5 win over the White Sox Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
Things started off badly for the White Sox, as Vernon Wells nearly missed a first-inning grand slam on a fly ball to right that just sailed into foul territory. Had it stayed fair, the Angels would've led 7-0.
Instead, Los Angeles only managed three runs during Gavin Floyd's rough first inning, in which Floyd issued three consecutive walks before striking out Wells and Chris Ianetta to end the frame.
As Floyd walked Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick with the bases loaded on a 58-foot 3-0 offering in the first, Nate Jones began warming in the White Sox bullpen. This came after manager Robin Ventura preached having his starters go deep into games as a critical factor in the success of the White Sox six-man rotation.
But Floyd was able to hold the Angels at bay despite issuing three walks and hitting two batters. He wound up throwing 6 13 innings and allowing five runs, with his outing ending on a long home run off the bat of Albert Pujols.
Youkilis hit his first homer, a solo shot in the first inning and A.J. Pierzynski poked a solo home run, his 20th, in the sixth. For Youkilis, it was his first multi-homer game since Sept. 28, 2009.
Gordon Beckham nearly joined Youkilis and Pierzynski with a home run, but Angels center fielder and MVP candidate Mike Trout robbed his long ball bid in left-center field in the second inning.
With Detroit's 6-1 win over Cleveland, the White Sox lost ground on the Tigers for the first time since July 29. The White Sox now sit 1 12 games ahead of Detroit in the AL Central.