LaRoche's first Sox homer a slam in win over Halos
Penny gives up one run over 3 2/3 innings
By Joey Nowak
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The top three starters in the White Sox lineup combined for seven hits and Adam LaRoche hit a grand slam in a 7-6 victory against the Angels on Saturday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
Andrew Heaney, the Angels' top prospect and a hopeful to take the last spot in the rotation, ran into trouble in the first and third innings and ended up allowing two runs while facing 16 batters in three-plus innings.
The one batter Heaney faced in the fourth -- Tyler Flowers, who walked -- scored the go-ahead run on a Micah Johnson single, his second of the day. After three White Sox singles, LaRoche -- batting with the bases loaded for the second time -- went yard off Cory Rasmus.
It was LaRoche's first homer in a Sox uniform.
White Sox starter Brad Penny gave up just one run on five hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Chicago got on the board first when the first three batters of the game singled and Johnson came around to score on a LaRoche sac fly.
The Angels got it right back in the bottom of the first, when Mike Trout tripled down the right-field line and scored on an Albert Pujols sacrifice fly.
The Angels loaded the bases with no outs for the heart of the order in the third, but Trout and Pujols flew out to center and Marc Krauss was thrown out at the plate by Trayce Thompson trying to score on Pujols' fly.
Up next: It's a battle of former teammates and rotation mates for a short time, when John Danks takes the mound for the White Sox and Hector Santiago starts for the Angels Sunday at Camelback Ranch. The game is set for a 3:05 p.m. CT first pitch on MLB.TV and Gameday Audio. American League Rookie of the Year Jose Abreu is expected to be in the White Sox lineup, with Gordon Beckham at second base and Geovany Soto catching.