White Sox's rally falls short in ninth inning


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Shortstop David Eckstein settled under
Carlos Lee's bases-loaded popup and squeezed the final out as
tightly as he did when he caught the final out in last year's AL
championship series.

There was a lot less at stake on Monday night -- except the
personal pride of Anaheim closer Troy Percival, who came
dangerously close to blowing a six-run lead in the ninth inning
before finishing a 10-8 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

Bengie Molina tied a career high with four RBI as the defending
World Series champions survived the meltdown by their all-time
saves leader. The Angels won for only the sixth time in 26 games
since the All-Star break to end a three-game losing streak.

"I typically haven't done well in those situations over my
career, but I've got to do better than that. That was pretty bad,"
Percival said. "You try to go out there with the same adrenaline,
but the hitter, I think, also goes up there with a different
philosophy. They come out not trying to do too much right out of
the chute."

Down 10-4, the White Sox got five straight hits off Percival to
start the ninth. Frank Thomas hit his 28th homer, and Jamie Burke's
RBI single with one out pulled Chicago within two runs.

But Percival escaped further damage with the bases loaded,
striking out Roberto Alomar and retiring Lee, who was 3-for-5.

"I knew Scott Spiezio was over there, but I didn't know where
he was at. That's why I was a little more secure with it,"
Eckstein said. "They put on a good run at us, but fortunately we
were able to come out with the victory. We really needed that

Anaheim took a 5-3 lead in the sixth inning against Bartolo
Colon, who was 4-0 with a 1.88 ERA and three shutouts in his
previous six career starts in Anaheim.

Spiezio singled with one out and Colon (10-10) walked the next
two batters. Molina hit a line drive off the glove of diving
shortstop Jose Valentin to drive in two runs. He also had an RBI
double and a run-scoring single.

Chone Figgins drove in three runs for the Angels. He singled
home two during a four-run eighth against reliever Scott
Schoeneweis, who returned to Anaheim for the first time since the
Angels traded him to the White Sox on July 29.

"Under the circumstances, it was kind of a rough one to take,
the way we came back there in the ninth," Schoeneweis said. "I
put us in a hole, so I'll take full blame for this one. I didn't
execute my pitches. It was a bad game. It just happened to be

Schoeneweis' ex-teammates had mixed feelings after watching him
take his lumps.

"You always want him to do well against other teams because
he's a good friend. But when it comes down to us trying to win
ballgames, I don't feel bad about winning," Percival said. "And
obviously, tonight I don't feel bad -- because I needed every run we

The Angels erased one-run deficits in the second, third and
fifth innings after the White Sox scored in the top half. Chicago's
Paul Konerko twice had chances to break the game open with the
bases loaded, but he grounded into an inning-ending double play in
the third against Aaron Sele, then broke his bat on a line drive to
shortstop in the fifth against Ben Weber.

Weber (3-1) pitched 1 2-3 innings for the victory, retiring all
five batters he faced.

Trailing 6-3, Chicago loaded the bases with no outs in the
eighth against Brendan Donnelly, but got only one run. Brian
Daubach, in an 0-for-21 drought, hit a sacrifice fly to the warning
track before Alomar grounded into a double play.

Colon allowed six runs and 10 hits over seven innings after
winning his previous four starts.

Sele, winless in his last five starts, made 105 pitches in only
4 1-3 innings for the Angels. He allowed three runs, six hits and
four walks while striking out four. Sele forced home a run in the
third by hitting Carl Everett in the back with the bases loaded.

Game notes
After the game, Chicago optioned Burke to Triple-A
Charlotte. LHP Neal Cotts will make his big league debut on Tuesday
when the White Sox purchase his contract from Double-A Birmingham.
Cotts, 23, was 9-6 with a 2.12 ERA for the Barons. ... C Miguel
Olivo returned to the White Sox lineup after missing three games
with a sore shoulder. He was hurt in a home plate collision with
Kansas City C Brent Mayne while scoring a run. ... Chicago RHP Rick
White, who was designated for assignment on Aug. 2, was placed on
waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.
... Thomas went 3-for-5. He tied Eddie Collins for third place on
the White Sox career list with 2,007 hits.