With their offense back on track, the Los Angeles Angels were able to shake their longest losing streak in over a year.
Now, the Angels will be trying to build on their first win in five games as they continue a four-game home series with the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.
Los Angeles (23-17) beat the White Sox 10-7 in Monday’s series opener, ending a four-game losing streak. That slide was the team’s longest since dropping six straight April 12-18, 2007.
The Angels scored just nine runs during their losing streak, and were shut out in back-to-back contests while being swept in three games in Tampa Bay. However, they ended a streak of 20 consecutive scoreless innings in Sunday’s 8-5 loss to the Rays before matching their season high for runs on Monday.
“It was good to see some guys break out. We did a good job with runners in scoring position,” manager Mike Scioscia said.
Garrett Anderson had three hits and Vladimir Guerrero hit his first homer since April 25 for Los Angeles, which ranks third in the AL with 188 runs.
“It was inside and off the plate. But that’s Vlad. He swings at it,” Chicago catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. “We’ve thrown him pitches a foot outside and he hits homers to right field. Tonight we pitched him a foot outside and he hits a homer to left. I think that was the first pitch we throw him inside the whole game. That just shows you how good he is and how dangerous he is.”
The White Sox (18-19), meanwhile, dropped their second straight and have yielded 20 runs over their last three games. Jermaine Dye had four hits for Chicago, which scored twice in the eighth and once in the ninth but fell short.
“They hit some balls in some perfect places.” Pierzynski said. “They found holes, and Vladdy obviously had the big blow. Then it kind of started to snowball from there.”
Orlando Cabrera, traded to the White Sox for right-hander Jon Garland after three seasons with the Angels, went 1-for-5 in his first game against his former team. Cabrera, batting .230 with a homer and six RBIs, was presented with his 2007 Gold Glove Award before the game.
The White Sox are hoping starter John Danks (3-3, 3.18 ERA) can help them bounce back on Wednesday in his first career start against the Angels.
Danks snapped a two-start losing streak on Thursday, yielding two runs in five innings of a 6-2 win over Minnesota, and improved to 3-2 with a 1.76 ERA over his last five starts.
Los Angeles counters with Jered Weaver (2-5, 5.59), who will be trying to rebound from his worst start of the season. He allowed a career-high eight runs and 10 hits in a season-low 3 1-3 innings of Wednesday’s 9-4 loss in Kansas City. The Angels’ opening-day starter has been tagged for 12 runs in 10 1-3 innings while losing his last two starts.
“The problem was command,” said Weaver. “I was just leaving balls up. It was just one of those days. No excuses.”
Weaver made his only two previous starts against the White Sox last season, winning both while allowing just one run in 11 2-3 total innings.
“Everything felt good mechanically,” Weaver told the Angels’ official team Web site. “My arm felt good. It’s just one of those days. It’s been one of those years so far.”