Two of major league baseball’s least successful teams battled to a dramatic finish Friday night, with the Los Angeles Angels rallying from a three-run deficit to post a 5-4 win over the White Sox in Chicago.
Trailing 4-1 after five innings, the Halos clawed their way back with one run in the seventh, two in the eighth and one in the ninth. With the score knotted at 4-all, Justin Upton won it with a home run to left center field. Brian Goodwin’s two-run homer in the eighth set up Upton’s game-winner.
Starter Dillon Peters had a rough outing for the Orange County team, working 4.1 innings and giving up six hits and four earned runs. He struck out three batters and walked three.
But the bullpen stepped up, with three relievers shutting out the Chisox the rest of the way, giving up zero hits and striking out five batters while walking only one. The victory went to Hansel Robles (5-0).
The news wasn’t all good, though. Mike Trout had to leave the game in the fifth with “right toe discomfort.” However, his replacement was Goodwin.
On Saturday, the Angels will take on the White Sox again with Andrew Heaney (3-4) making the start for a 4:10 p.m. game (Pacific time).