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Pujols wraps big night with walk-off in 11th
By Kaelen Jones and Steve Dilbeck
ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols had three RBIs, including a walk-off single in the 11th, to pass Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski on the all-time list and lead the Angels to a 7-6 win over the White Sox on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium.
"It feels great," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "There were a lot of turns in this game. There were a lot of things we didn't do too well, and it almost go to us. But for the most part, these guys kept going and squeaked out a win."
Backed by a two-run single from Pujols, five hits from Cameron Maybin and a solid start by JC Ramirez, the Angels had taken a three-run lead into the ninth, but the White Sox opened the inning with four straight hits off David Hernandez as they crafted a game-tying rally.
Chicago then took a 6-5 lead in the 11th on a home run from Tim Anderson.
"Obviously we're happy he puts us ahead," said White Sox manager Rick Renteria. "Thinking [closer David Robertson] was going to go back [and finish it] out, obviously it just didn't happen."
In the bottom of the 11th, after two singles and a fielder's choice off Robertson, the Angels tied it again on an RBI double by Maybin, his fifth hit of the game. The White Sox then walked Mike Trout to load the bases, setting up Pujols' game-winning hit, a deep drive to center field.
"I've been in the situation many times, so I know how to handle the situation," Pujols said. "Am I gonna come through every time? That's impossible; nobody can do that. But if I get some opportunities out there, whatever I can do, I just give it my best swing."
Maybin went 5-for-6 with two doubles and two RBIs while batting leadoff for the first time this season. The hit total set a career-high, raised his batting average to .214 and snapped an 0-for-16 slump.
"Cam was comfortable all night," Scioscia said of Maybin's performance. "That's the way this guy can hit and swing the bat. It was a good breakout game for him."
White Sox starter Derek Holland gave up three runs in his six-inning start, allowing a two-run single to Pujols and an RBI single to Maybin during the third and fourth, respectively. He yielded seven hits and two walks while striking out five batters.
"The frustrating part is just the walks," Holland said. "It's costing me going the distance in the game, too. My pitch count was too high."
"Things happened. It's a crazy game. I mean, I'm smiling about it now, but I'm furious that we lost, but looking back on it a lot of weird things went on. We definitely had a chance to get out of it, just couldn't make it happen." -- Robertson
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The Angels, despite seeing their three-run lead evaporate in the ninth, are now 19-0 in games in which they have held the lead after eighth frame.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW Avisail Garcia darted all the way from second base base on Todd Frazier's two-run infield single in the ninth, beating the tag from Angels catcher Martin Maldonado to tie the game, 5-5. The Angels challenged, but the safe call was confirmed.
WHAT'S NEXT White Sox:Miguel Gonzalez (3-3, 3.83 ERA) completes the three-game series for the White Sox on Wednesday at 9:07 p.m. CT, making his eighth start of the season. The right-hander is 0-3 with a 6.62 ERA over his last three starts.
Angels: The Halos will send right-hander Matt Shoemaker to the bump Wednesday night for their 7:07 PT series finale against the White Sox. Shoemaker (2-2, 4.50 ERA) will look to follow up a quality outing against Detroit in which he spun six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out seven.