Delmonico homers in 10th, Sox beat Angels 6-4
CHICAGO (AP) — Nicky Delmonico hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Chicago White Sox a 6-4 victory Wednesday night that eliminated the Los Angeles Angels from playoff contention.
Delmonico, who had three hits and three RBIs, lifted his ninth homer to right field on a 2-1 pitch from Blake Parker (3-3), the fifth Angels reliever, after Avisail Garcia had led off the inning with a double.
Minnesota, which lost 4-2 at Cleveland, got the second AL wild card berth.
Jose Abreu continued his hot late-season hitting with two hits, and Tim Anderson and Willy Garcia both had an RBI.
Kole Calhoun crushed his 18th homer, a three-run shot that tied the game 3-all in the fifth. Andrelton Simmons had two hits and an RBI.
Danny Farquhar (4-2) the fourth White Sox reliever pitched 2/3 innings for the win.
Angels slugger Mike Trout struck out four times and walked in five plate appearances.
White Sox rookie Reynaldo Lopez started strong, striking out the side in the first and retiring 14 of the first 16 hitters. But the 23-year-old righty couldn’t hold a 3-0 lead and got a no-decision as he allowed four runs in six innings.
Angels starter Garrett Richards lasted only 3 2/3 innings, allowing three runs in his fifth start since returning from the disabled list on Sept. 5. The right-hander had been sidelined since suffering a right biceps strain in his first start this season, at Oakland on April 5.
Richards retired nine of the first 11 batters, but didn’t survive the fourth when Chicago jumped ahead 3-0.
Delmonico’s double to the warning track in right center drove in Abreu with Chicago’s first run. After the White Sox loaded the bases with one out, Willy Garcia’s groundout drove in a second run, then Tyler Saladino raced home from third on a wild pitch to make it 3-0.
Los Angeles touched Lopez for three runs with two outs in the fifth when Lopez hit C.J. Cron with a pitch, Martin Maldonado singled and Calhoun lined his 18th homer to straightaway center tie it at 3.
The teams each scored a run in the sixth to make it 4-4.