Tyler Anderson falls apart quickly in Angels’ loss to White Sox

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CHICAGO — Tyler Anderson’s string of encouraging outings came to an abrupt end.

The Angels left-hander gave up six runs in a 7-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.

Anderson lasted just four innings, getting knocked out of the game after a five-run fourth that came immediately after the Angels had given him a two-run lead.

In the first year of a three-year, $39 million deal, Anderson got off to a slow start but seemed to be righting the ship with a 3.14 ERA over his five starts leading into Tuesday’s game.

Anderson got into a first-inning jam, but he escaped with only one run on the board, and then he faced the minimum over the next two innings.

With a 3-1 lead in the fourth, Anderson gave up a double down the left field line to Luis Robert. Eloy Jimenez then dropped a bloop single into left. Anderson walked Yoan Moncada to load the bases.

His first pitch to Andrew Vaughn was a changeup over the outer half of the plate and Vaughn ripped it off the fence in left-center to clear the bases, putting the White Sox ahead, 4-3.

It took just 13 pitches for Anderson to let a two-run lead become a one-run deficit.

Anderson gave up two more runs in the inning, ending his night and ending his streak of good work.

Although it was a rough night for Anderson, there were a couple of encouraging signs from two slumping hitters.

Taylor Ward led off the first inning with a homer, rewarding Manager Phil Nevin for giving him a start against right-hander Lucas Giolito. Ward added a double in the eighth.

Shohei Ohtani blasted a 435-foot homer to lead off the fourth, his 13th of the season. Ohtani was hitting .135 over his previous 10 games.