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Keppinger, White Sox rally past Angels for 3rd win in row

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jeff Keppinger made his first walk worth waiting for. On his 141st plate appearance as a White Sox, Keppinger walked on four pitches from the Angels' Michael Kohn with the bases loaded to break a 4-4 tie in the eighth inning on Thursday night.

The run held up as the difference in a 5-4 Sox victory, their third in a row on a road trip that started with a series win in Minnesota against the Twins.

The Keppinger base on balls was Kohn's third straight. It followed a wild pitch by Dane De La Rosa that scored Alejandro De Aza and a game-tying RBI single by Adam Dunn, who had his second straight strong day at the plate with a double and fly out to deep left to go with the big RBI.

Keppinger had no intent to swing at any of Kohn's pitches.

"Yeah, without a doubt,'' Keppinger said. " Once he walked those two guys in front of me I was probably going to take two strikes, make him get his rhythm back and start pounding the zone.''

A .188 hitter, Keppinger has shown signs of life in his last two games. He was well aware he hadn't walked. On Thursday, after a win, he was able to laugh it up.

"Oh, I know,'' he said. "Anybody knows if you don't have a walk yet.''

Jesse Crain pitched a scoreless eighth, getting help on the third out from Keppinger, who made a nice stop on a sharp grounder to his right by Howie Kendrick with Mark Trumbo on third base.

Addison Reed pitched the ninth inning for his 13th save in 14 chances. He grew up within 45 minutes of Angel Stadium, cheering for former Angels closer Troy Percival. Reed was an Angels fan till the day he was drafted by the Sox.

"I'm not going to lie; That thought crossed my mind when I was coming out of the bullpen and onto the field,'' Reed said. "I kind of had a flashback to when I was in the stands, watching him run in and thought it was a cool feeling I got to pitch tonight."

The Sox improved to 18-21, dropping the Angels to 15-26.

"We're never going to give up, no matter what the score is,'' Reed said. "Breaks are going to start falling our way and we're going to start playing some good ball. It was a nice win. Everyone contributed and [starter Jose Quintana] pitched a great game and our offense was awesome. We're going to keep rolling."

Alex Rios hit a 435-foot homer and threw out Chris Ianetta trying to score on a single, and Keppinger was also credited with an RBI on an error by shortstop Erick Aybar.

"Anything I can do to help the team win,'' Keppinger said.

"We're here to win games. We're sitting at the bottom of the division right now so every win we get moves us up. The offense seems to be coming around, we're getting some hits and some big hits and innings.''

The Angels took a 4-2 lead in the sixth inning against Sox starter Jose Quintana when Kendrick's liner to left field deflected off Dayan Viciedo's glove for a two-run double.


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