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Alberto Callaspo drove in three runs and Maicer Izturis homered for the Los Angeles Angels in a 6-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.
Joel Pineiro (2-0) allowed two runs and eight hits over 7 2-3 innings in his third start. The right-hander, whose season was delayed because of a sore shoulder, struck five and walked one in his home debut. Fernando Rodney got the final out of the eighth inning and Scott Downs finished up with a perfect ninth.
John Danks (0-6) gave up six runs and 10 hits in five innings, raising his ERA to 4.50. The left-hander became the first White Sox pitcher to lose his first six decisions in a season since 1987, when Neil Allen was 0-7 in 10 starts before getting demoted to the bullpen by manager Jim Fregosi.
Danks won both of his outings against the Angels last year en route to a career-high 15 victories. On July 8, he beat them 1-0 at Chicago with a two-hitter for his first major league shutout after Reggie Willits broke up his no-hit bid in the seventh with a leadoff single.
The Angels took a 3-0 lead in the first on Torii Hunter's RBI single and a two-run single by Callaspo, who was erased in a rundown for the third out of the inning after the throw toward the plate from left fielder Juan Pierre was cut off by third baseman Brent Morel.
Paul Konerko led off the White Sox second with a drive to left-center for his ninth homer and the 374th of his career, tying Rocky Colavito for 67th place all-time. But the Angels increased the margin to 5-1 with a pair of runs in the third. Izturis homered to left-center, Howie Kendrick legged out a double to left and Callaspo drove him in with a single.
Kendrick doubled again in the fifth to drive in the Angels' sixth run after Hunter reached on an infield single and continued to second on Morel's throwing error. Morel committed his second error of the night in the sixth when he tried to one-hand a popup by Bobby Abreu and missed it.