Witnessing a five-run deficit in the first two innings Thursday that included a two-out throwing error, two walks and another defensive lapse drew an unflattering comparison from White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen.
"It was like a Little League game out there," Guillen said after the Sox failed in several ways to earn a sweep of a three-game home series in a 9-5 loss to the Angels.
The Sox (56-53) otherwise were satisfied to take two of three from the American League West-leading Angels, but they fell two games behind the Tigers in the AL Central.
There were varying degrees of sluggishness, as John Danks allowed six runs in the first three innings and surrendered three home runs as his defense was letting him down.
"They came out ready to play, the other team was better," Guillen said. "If I don't see, or I don't feel the team performs the way it should, I'm the first one to let you guys know. I think the pitcher is going to set the game's tone.
"It's not easy when you go on the field and you're one hit away from tying the game and all of a sudden you're down by five. That takes everything out of you."
Jayson Nix's three-run homer in the second cut the Sox's deficit to 5-3, and the Sox had the bases loaded with one out in the third before Nix took a called third strike and Chris Getz grounded back to the mound.
The Angels gradually pulled away, adding home runs by Bobby Abreu in the fifth and Erick Aybar in the ninth.
Abreu joined Barry Bonds, Craig Biggio, Joe Morgan, Rickey Henderson and Willie Mays as the only players with at least 250 home runs, 2,000 hits, 1,000 runs, 1,000 RBIs, 1,000 walks and 300 stolen bases.
"You can throw so many punches in one round, but in a long round, we couldn't get it," Guillen said.
Danks accepted responsibility, although Gordon Beckham committed a two-out throwing error that allowed a run to score in the first and Jermaine Dye put his head down after making a catch in shallow right field that allowed Chone Figgins to score from third in the second.
"I got my [rear] kicked," Danks said. "That's all you can say."
The Sox showed improvement in one area. Dewayne Wise's home run with two outs in the ninth was the first RBI by a Sox pinch-hitter since Wise hit a grand slam in the second game of a doubleheader against the Tigers on Sept. 14, 2008.
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Chicago White Sox fall short, 9-5, in bid for sweep over Los Angeles Angels
John Danks gives up 6 runs in first 3 innings
Chone Figgins scores in the second inning for the Angels. (Chris Sweda/Tribune)