White Sox cut AL Central deficit to half-game


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- At least for one night, Dan Wright found
long relief more to his liking.

Wright, winless in 12 starts this season, earned a victory in
his second appearance out of the bullpen as the Chicago White Sox
beat the Anaheim Angels 10-4 Tuesday night.

Magglio Ordonez, Sandy Alomar Jr. and Carlos Lee drove in two
runs apiece for the White Sox, who moved within a half-game of
first-place Kansas City in the AL Central.

Wright (1-5), who pitched in relief Saturday for the first time
since his major league debut in July 2001, was scheduled to start
the game before Neal Cotts was called up from the minors to make
his own big league debut. It lasted only 3 1-3 innings, however,
and Wright was brought in with the bases loaded and one out.

"It's a little different, but it's good. You rise to your
competitiveness," Wright said. "Funny how things work out. I was
hoping I had it in me. We got some runs and it opened it up and I
was able to go right at them. It's not much different. You're just
trying to get guys out."

The right-hander retired Scott Spiezio and Bengie Molina to
escape the jam. He threw 72 pitches over 4 2-3 innings, allowing a
run and two hits.

"We had a lot of opportunities and did a great job of setting
the table, but Wright came in and got control of the game at a time
when we had a chance to get back into it," Angels manager Mike
Scioscia said.

Cotts, a 23-year-old left-hander whose contract was purchased
Tuesday from Double-A Birmingham, allowed two runs, two hits and
six walks -- one to Tim Salmon with the bases loaded in the third.

After being staked to a 3-0 lead, Cotts walked the first two
batters in the second inning before Bengie Molina followed with an
RBI single. Cotts then walked four of his first five batters in the
third, forcing in a run before Wright restored order.

"I was a little nervous, but it's the same ballgame. You just
have to get ahead and throw strikes," Cotts said. "The first
inning went well. After that, it went downhill a little bit. I was
rushing a little bit and things were going a little fast in my

Ramon Ortiz, who matched a season worst by giving up seven
earned runs in his previous start, was charged with six runs, five
earned, and eight hits over 3 1-3 innings -- raising his lifetime
ERA against the White Sox to 8.64. It's the first time the
right-hander has lost back-to-back starts since May 4-10, when
Toronto beat him 8-2 and 7-4.

"My last two starts I haven't pitched good, but I don't know
what happened," Ortiz said. "I feel good. I go hard on every
hitter, but nothing's going right for me. I made a couple of bad
pitches, but I made a lot of good pitches and they hit them."

The White Sox opened the scoring in the first with two-out RBI
singles by Ordonez and Carl Everett. Roberto Alomar added a
sacrifice fly in the second.

Ortiz (13-10) was lifted in the fourth after allowing Lee's RBI
double and an RBI single by Ordonez.

Gary Glover, facing the White Sox for the first time since he
was traded to the Angels for Scott Schoeneweis on July 29, gave up
a single to Everett and a sacrifice fly by Paul Konerko that
increased Chicago's lead to 6-2.

"We didn't give them a chance to bounce back. We just kept
pounding them," Everett said.

The Angels loaded the bases again in the fourth, but all the
defending World Series champions could get was an RBI groundout by
Alfredo Amezaga -- whose error led to an unearned run in the fourth.

The White Sox broke it open in the seventh with four runs
against Bart Miadich, including an RBI double by Sandy Alomar and
RBI infield singles by Joe Crede and Lee.

After the game, the White Sox placed struggling reliever Billy
Koch on the 15-day disabled list because of soreness in the elbow
he had "Tommy John" surgery on.

"It's not really been all season, but the last three weeks,"
Koch said. "It got pretty bad for a while and then sort of calmed
down. I came out today and tried to throw, and it hurt to throw. I
could probably throw through it, but it's not very comfortable to
do. This is the best option."

The news wasn't much better in the Angels clubhouse. World
Series MVP Troy Glaus, who already has missed 22 games because of
an injured right shoulder, had an MRI exam that revealed a partial
tear of his rotator cuff and fraying of the labrum. No timetable
was set for his return.<
^Notes: The White Sox recalled Jon Adkins from Triple-A Charlotte to
replace Koch. ... Cotts, born in Belleville, Ill., was 9-6 with a
2.12 ERA for the Barons. ... Amezaga started in place of SS David
Eckstein, who had some tightness in his right hamstring.