Angels Fall To White Sox; Shields Sent To The DL

Date: 5/27/2009 2:31 AM
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Eds: White Sox 4, Angels 2. Optional.
Nix homers twice, White Sox beat Angels 4-2


Associated Press Writer

Chicago is finding Anaheim to be their kind of town, while the Angels had a rough day on ad off the field.

On the feild, Jayson Nix homered twice, Bartolo Colon carried a shutout into the seventh inning against his former team and the White Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-2.

Off the field, reliever Scot Shields was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of patella tendinitis in his left knee. Shields is off to the worst start of his career with a 6.62 ERA.

Shields relieved Saunders in the seventh and faced two batters, walking Ramirez and retiring Dye on a grounder to first base. The right-hander had to cover the bag on the play, and he was subsequently lifted by manager Mike Scioscia.

"I think he was trying to battle through it, but he knew that something wasn't right," Saunders said. "As a competitor, you try to fight through some stuff. Sometimes it works out and goes away, and sometimes it makes it worse. Hopefully in this case, it's not too bad and he can come back in a couple of weeks or a month."

Colon (3-4) worked six scoreless innings before giving up Bobby Abreu's leadoff homer in the seventh. He lasted 6 2-3 innings, his longest outing since he pitched seven innings in a win over Seattle on April 28.

Colon got nice defensive plays from Nix at second base, Alexei Ramirez at shortstop and left fielder Scott Podsednik —- who turned Kendry Morales' fly ball into a double play with a strong throw to third when Torii Hunter tried to advance in the second.

The 2005 AL Cy Young Award winner with the Angels, Colon enjoyed the outstanding fielding plays behind him.

"The one that I was most impressed with was Alexei, diving for balls, making the plays tonight. We've been here for only two months and I was impressed with how we fielded today," Colon said.

Nix, who had been 0 for 7 on Chicago's road trip, hit solo shots in the fifth and seventh for his first career multihomer game. Scott Linebrink earned his first save of the season for Chicago, which beat the Angels for the second consecutive night.

Torii Hunter homered for Los Angeles. Bobby Abreu's seventh-inning drive over the 400-foot sign in center was his first homer of the season. Chone Figgins extended his hitting streak to 14 games for the Angels, matching a career high.

Vladimir Guerrero got his first hit since returning from the disabled list when he chopped a ball up the middle in the fourth. Guerrero, who missed 35 games because of a torn pectoral muscle in his chest, was 0 for 4 in his first game back Monday.

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