Sox Fall to Angels 7-2

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    Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski throws ball down in disgust after missing the tag on Los Angeles Angels' Vernon Wells who scored on a wild pitch in the second inning.

    Tyler Chatwood pitched seven impressive innings for his first major league win and Hank Conger hit a three-run homer to lead the Los Angeles Angels over the Chicago White Sox 7-2 on Saturday.

    After the start was delayed more than 2 hours by rain, the 21-year-old Chatwood allowed just one run and five hits. The lone blemish was Carlos Quentin's fifth-inning homer, his third of the season and the 100th of his career.

    Howie Kendrick also homered and drove in three runs for the Angels. Leadoff man Maicer Izturis had three hits.

    Gavin Floyd (1-1) took the loss, yielding six runs and eight hits over six innings. He threw three wild pitches and allowed hits to the leadoff batter in each of the first four innings.

    Paul Konerko hit his fourth homer for Chicago, a solo shot with two outs in the ninth.

    Chatwood (1-1) retired 10 of his first 13 batters and induced three double plays. He struck out three. The rookie gave up four runs over five innings Monday in a 4-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

    Izturis has 14 hits in his last 26 at-bats against the White Sox, getting hits in seven consecutive meetings. He is 6 for 10 in the series.

    After Vernon Wells doubled to lead off the second and advanced to third on a fly ball, Floyd retired Mark Trumbo on a groundout and had a two-strike count on Conger before his second wild pitch in two innings allowed Wells to score the first run. Conger then grounded out.

    In the third inning, Brandon Wood doubled and advanced to third on Izturis' second hit of the game, but Izturis was tagged out in a rundown. Kendrick then drove a 3-2 pitch over the left-center wall to put the Angels up 3-0.

    The 391-foot shot was Kendrick's fifth homer of the season.

    After allowing two hits to start the fourth, Floyd appeared to have found his rhythm, retiring eight in a row. But after a pair of two-out walks in the sixth, pitching coach Don Cooper paid Floyd a visit and Conger drove the next offering down the right-field line for his second homer of the season.

    Floyd was relieved in the seventh by Will Ohman, who gave up a double to Izturis and an RBI single to Kendrick that extended the Angels' lead to 7-1.

    Konerko homered off Rich Thompson in the ninth.

    Juan Pierre had two hits and reached base three times for the White Sox. He was caught stealing in the third, unsuccessful for the fifth straight time. He is 4 for 9 on stolen base attempts this season.