CHICAGO – Nicky Delmonico hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the White Sox a 6-4 victory Wednesday night that eliminated the Los Angeles Angels from playoff contention.
Delmonico, who had three hits and three RBIs, lifted his ninth homer to right field on a 2-1 pitch from Blake Parker (3-3), the fifth Angels reliever, after Avisail Garcia had led off the inning with a double.
Minnesota, which lost 4-2 at Cleveland, got the second American League wild card berth.
Jose Abreu continued his hot late-season hitting with two hits, and Tim Anderson and Willy Garcia both had an RBI.
Kole Calhoun crushed his 18th homer, a three-run shot that tied the game 3-all in the fifth. Andrelton Simmons had two hits and an RBI.
Danny Farquhar (4-2), the fourth Sox reliever, pitched 2/3 innings for the win.
Angels slugger Mike Trout struck out four times and walked in five plate appearances.
Sox rookie Reynaldo Lopez started strong, striking out the side in the first and retiring 14 of the first 16 hitters. But the 23-year-old righty couldn’t hold a 3-0 lead and got a no-decision as he allowed four runs in six innings.
Angels starter Garrett Richards lasted only 32/3 innings, allowing three runs in his fifth start since returning from the disabled list Sept. 5. The right-hander had been sidelined since suffering a right biceps strain in his first start this season, at Oakland on April 5.
Richards retired nine of the first 11 batters, but didn’t survive the fourth when the Sox jumped ahead 3-0.
Delmonico’s double to the warning track in right center drove in Abreu with the Sox’s first run. After they loaded the bases with one out, Willy Garcia’s groundout drove in a second run, then Tyler Saladino raced home from third on a wild pitch to make it 3-0.
Los Angeles touched Lopez for three runs with two outs in the fifth when Lopez hit C.J. Cron with a pitch, Martin Maldonado singled and Calhoun lined his 18th homer to straightaway center tie it at 3.
The teams each scored a run in the sixth to make it 4-4.
Richards’ start was just his 12th over the past two seasons, as he missed the final five months of 2016 with a right elbow injury. In 2014 and 2015, the righty was a combined 28-16 with a 3.18 ERA in 376 innings with 340 strikeouts.
Sox manager Rick Renteria wasn’t ready to announce a starter for Friday’s game at Cleveland. It would have been rookie Lucas Giolito’s turn, but the 6-foot-6 right-hander was shut down after tossing a combined 174 innings for the Sox and Triple-A Charlotte, reaching “what the organization . thought was a good pitch limit for him,” Renteria said.
Angels: 3B Yunel Escobar (strained right oblique) didn’t play in a game on Wednesday in Arizona as expected because “he has not made enough progress,” manager Mike Scioscia said. Escobar took live batting practice instead.
Sox: OF Garcia left the game in the eighth with a left hamstring strain. . INF Matt Davidson didn’t play due to chest congestion and “a little bit of wheezing” according to Renteria.
Sox righty Dylan Covey (0-7, 7.83) starts on Thursday night in the team’s final home game. Covey was reinstated from the DL on Aug. 15 and is still looking for his first major-league win. Scioscia said he’d name a starter after Wednesday’s game. Lefty Andrew Heaney (1-2, 7.06), who threw a bullpen session Tuesday, is a possibility.