ANAHEIM, Calif. -- 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.
NOTES: Angels LF Vernon Wells, who sustained a groin injury Monday night that landed him on the disabled list, was re-examined by team doctors -- and the results of his MRI were less drastic than the club had feared. "One thing I think we can exhale about is that it didn't show any major tears or nothing that shouldn't heal over a reasonable amount of time," manager Mike Scioscia said. "What that time period is remains to be seen. But for what his symptoms were last night and what he felt, we were probably bracing for something more severe than the news that we got today." ... Kendrick, the Angels' regular second baseman, started in LF for the first time in his professional career -- and did not get to field a single batted ball before switching to 1B in the eighth. Kendrick doesn't own an outfielder's glove, so Hunter -- a nine-time Gold Glove outfielder -- loaned him one of his. ... Pierre, who leads all active players with 533 stolen bases and 180 bunt hits, grounded into his first double play of the season in his 138th at-bat. ... Willits was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake to replace Wells on the 25-man roster. ... Danks is the first White Sox starter in the last seven games who failed to last seven innings. The last time the team had seven consecutive starts of seven or more innings was 1996.