Angels-White Sox Preview
After persevering to post consecutive victories for the first time in almost three weeks, the Los Angeles Angels are feeling confident.
The visiting Angels look to match a season high with their third straight win Saturday night against the Chicago White Sox.
One day after Los Angeles (13-22) rallied from two down to score three times in the eighth inning for a 6-5 win at Houston, it overcame blowing a four-run lead to win 7-5 at Chicago on Friday. The Angels have not won consecutive contests since sweeping a three-game set against Detroit from April 19-21.
"They're all important,'' said No. 9 hitter Brendan Harris, who had three hits and a home run. "So if we can get two in a row and just get a little momentum, and everybody can exhale a little bit, it's going lend itself better to really getting on a roll to really get going as we get into May.''
Los Angeles has won four in a row and 12 of 17 against the White Sox (14-19), including five of seven in Chicago.
Mike Trout had two hits, including the go-ahead single in the seventh to help the Angels improve to 6-13 on the road. He's batted .341 (14 for 41) with 11 RBIs in 10 games since he went 4 for 32 (.125) in the previous eight.
Harris is 5 for 7 with two of his three home runs in the last two games.
Jerome Williams (1-1, 3.16 ERA) makes his second straight start for the Angels on Saturday.
The right-hander went 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA in eight relief appearances before he allowed five runs, including a pair of two-run homers, and walked three in 4 1-3 innings of an 8-4 home loss to Baltimore on Sunday. Williams replaced the struggling Garrett Richards, who was filling in for injured Los Angeles ace Jered Weaver.
"It wasn't an issue about command, it was about executing pitches," said Williams, who is 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA in two starts versus Chicago.
Alejandro De Aza homered and Dayan Viciedo had two RBIs in his first game off the disabled list from a strained oblique as the White Sox dropped their third straight home game and fourth in six overall.
The White Sox committed two more errors, including one in the seventh. Their 24 errors rank among the most in the majors.
"We battled back and you give them multiple opportunities and you're going to pay for it,'' manager Robin Ventura said. "That's just the name of it right there. You just can't give these guys a lot of opportunities.''
De Aza has led off the last two games with a homer, the first Chicago player to do so since Kenny Lofton in July 2002. Three of De Aza's seven home runs this year have led off the game.
He's 5 for 10 in those two games and batting .370 in his last six versus Los Angeles.
Scheduled Chicago starter Jose Quintana (2-0, 3.86) took a no-hitter into the fifth inning Sunday at Kansas City, but allowed three runs in the frame and did not get an out in the sixth of a 6-5, 10-inning loss.
The left-hander has given up nine runs in 15 innings while going 1-0 in three starts since he threw 13 2-3 scoreless frames over the previous two.
Quintana yielded four runs - one earned - and walked five in five innings of a 4-2 road loss during his only previous appearance against the Angels on Sept. 22.