Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 8/12)

Game 1: Monday, August 11
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Game 2: Tuesday, August 12
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Game 3: Wednesday, August 13
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Game 4: Thursday, August 14
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White Sox 10

(63-56, 26-34 away)

Angels 4

(55-64, 32-29 home)

    10:05 PM ET, August 12, 2003

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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    W: D. Wright (1-5)

    L: R. Ortiz (13-10)

    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 head."

    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.

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