CHICAGO (AP) -- Vladimir Guerrero raced around third and headed
for home with a piece of daring baserunning right out of the
Guerrero doubled and scored the go-ahead run on a heads-up
baserunning play reminiscent of the movie "Major League" in the
12th inning to give the Los Angeles Angels a 6-5 victory over the
Chicago White Sox on Friday night.
"This kid is the best player in baseball, to me," White Sox
manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He's always going to be running and
he's always going to make something happen. That's why he gets paid
a lot of money."
The victory kept the Angels' lead in the AL West at one game
Guerrero led off the 12th with a double off the wall in
left-center off Dustin Hermanson (1-3). Guerrero was slow out of
the box and needed to slide to get into second. He quickly made up
Bengie Molina then bunted down the third-base line, and while
Geoff Blum was throwing to Tadahito Iguchi for the out at first,
Guerrero kept running. Iguchi's throw home was off-line and
Guerrero slid around catcher A.J. Pierzynski's tag.
"It's an aggressive baserunning play," Angels manager Mike
Scioscia said. "I don't think it's one we're going to design
unless you're Willie Mays Hayes."
Hayes was the speedy center fielder played by actor Wesley
Snipes who scored the same way for a fictional Cleveland Indians
team in the movie.
"You look back at the last 150 years of baseball and you can
probably count on one hand how many times that play has worked,"
Blum said. "So you can call it luck, you can call it savvy, you
can call it whatever you want."
Iguchi had an awful night all-around, going 0-for-5 with four
strikeouts. He said first baseman Ross Gload was in the way of his
throw home, probably blocking Pierzynski's view of the throw as
Guerrero didn't even look for a sign as he ran toward third.
"I never got to the yes part," third base coach Ron Roenicke
said. "I was 'No, no, no.' I didn't hold my hands up but I said
'no' a couple of times. When his mind was made up to go, he got
going in a hurry."
Chicago's Bobby Jenks struck out five in three innings against
the team that picked him in the fifth round of the amateur draft in
2000 and put him on waivers this past winter. He has a 2.00 ERA and
36 strikeouts in 28 innings since getting recalled from the minors
on July 5.
Konerko gave the White Sox a brief 5-4 lead on his solo homer to
left with two outs in the fifth. The 401-foot blast was his 37th
this season and his 200th with Chicago. Konerko added two doubles.
The Angels tied it in the sixth on Robb Quinlan's homer to
right, his fourth of the season.
Chicago scored four runs in the fourth to take a 4-2 lead.
Konerko doubled and Rowand walked, both scoring on Dye's triple off
the wall in right field. Dye scored on a groundout and Uribe
followed with his 13th homer.
Buehrle lasted six innings, throwing just 85 pitches. He gave up
five runs on 10 hits, walking one and striking out two.
Jarrod Washburn gave up seven hits, including two homers, and
five runs in his five innings. He struck out three and walked one.
Bartolo Colon (18-6) is set to start Saturday's game
against Jon Garland (17-8). He was questionable because of
tightness in his lower back. ... Frank Thomas visited the White Sox
clubhouse before the game with a walking cast on his fractured left
foot. He said he wasn't sure whether he would have surgery on the
foot yet. ... The White Sox wore green hats and white uniforms with
green pinstripes, letters and numbers for a halfway St. Patrick's
Day promotion. ... Konerko has 207 lifetime homers, with seven
coming when he was on the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds.
... Jenks struck out Garret Anderson with a 100 mph fastball and
Guerrero on a 70 mph breaking pitch in his first inning. ...
Figgins stole his 49th base in the 11th. He is second to Scott
Podsednik (56) in the AL. ... The White Sox are 30-16 in one-run
games, still the best in baseball.