Trout, Angels rough up Quintana, White Sox

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 13, 2014 at 7:25 pm •  Published: March 13, 2014
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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Mike Trout got three more hits, lifting his spring average to .444, and the Los Angeles Angels roughed up Jose Quintana in an 8-6 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

Quintana gave up seven runs on six hits and three walks in three innings, and his exhibition ERA climbed to 16.50. He was 9-7 with a 3.51 ERA last season.

Quintana was late getting to the ballpark because of the traffic in Phoenix. Manager Robin Ventura wondered whether that tardy arrival put him behind on the mound.

"He was up in the strike zone," Ventura said. "They got some pretty good swings on him."

Los Angeles tagged Quintana for six runs in the second inning. Howie Kendrick singled, Collin Cowgill walked and Erick Aybar hit a two-run double.

Kole Calhoun tripled home a run, Trout singled and David Freese added an RBI single.

Angels starter Garrett Richards bounced back from a rough outing and allowed seven hits but only two runs over 4 2-3 innings in his third spring start.

"It was a battle day," Richards said. "It was a good day for damage control. I take pride in being able to make adjustments pitch to pitch."

Blake Tekotte hit his first spring homer for the White Sox. Micah Johnson drove in three runs for Chicago with two hits.

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Angels: In his previous start, Richards allowed five runs and eight hits in four innings against Arizona. He emphasized his breaking ball against the White Sox.

"I tried to throw curve ball for strikes and tried to get ground balls," he said.

Richards was 7-8 with a 4.42 ERA in 47 games with the Angels last year, including 17 starts.