End of Chicago’s scoring. In six-plus innings, Byrd allowed two runs on five hits and a walk. Nobody was comparing him to Roger Clemens, but Tuesday night there was no one the Angels would rather have had than Byrd. “That was huge,” catcher Bengie Molina said. “Unbelievable. And he’s done it all year. He’s kept us in games.” Coming off 2003 Tommy John elbow surgery, Byrd went 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA during the regular season. He threw 204 innings, allowing only 28 walks, a club record over that many innings. No game, however, was as sweet as Tuesday’s. “It’s very gratifying for me just to be able to come back,” Byrd said. “My career hasn’t gone exactly like I would like it to with the surgery, so it’s gratifying to me to be on this team. “The fact that Mike (Scioscia) gave me the ball, trusted me after the shaky outing with New York has done loads for my confidence.” The bleary-eyed Angels needed a lift Tuesday, and the unassuming Byrd provided it. Steve Dilbeck, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Weary and fatigued after two red-eye flights in two days, the pitching staff in trouble, the Angels very much needed a huge start in the ALCS by Byrd. The same Byrd who was rocked by the Yankees in his division series start, allowing four earned runs in 3 innings. After watching rookie Ervin Santana come out of the bullpen Monday to help the Angels win their decisive fifth game against the Yankees when Colon went down, Byrd – pitching on three days’ rest – was eager to contribute. “Santana pulled us up (Monday) and today was my turn,” Byrd said. “I was trying to emulate a rookie out there. “He saved us (Monday) and I wanted to try and save the bullpen tonight.” The Angels staked Byrd to an early 3-0 lead. He gave up a solo home run to Joe Crede in the third, and one run in the fourth on a pair of singles. The Angels opened their American League Championship Series against the White Sox with the news that No. 1 starter Bartolo Colon would be out with a shoulder injury. Their starter in tonight’s Game 2 is Jarrod Washburn, who just started eating solid food after missing his past scheduled start with strep throat. CHICAGO – He does not throw lightning nor stand 6 feet 9. He couldn’t intimidate the batboy. His nickname is not “Ace.” Paul Byrd is a regular guy doing something quite remarkable by pitching effectively in the major leagues, who Tuesday night did something very much needed by the Los Angeles Angels.