Chicago (63-63) at Los Angeles (69-59)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Tue Aug 23, 2011
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The Los Angeles Angels and Chicago White Sox are facing similar deficits in their divisions races, but are hoping they can put together a significant winning streak starting this week.

The Angels seek a season high-tying fifth consecutive victory as they play the first of two against the White Sox in Anaheim on Tuesday night.

Los Angeles trails Texas in the AL West while Chicago is in a tight race with Detroit and Cleveland in the Central. Although both teams have been inconsistent this month, they each carry momentum from their last series.

The Angels (69-59) have won four in a row following a three-game sweep of Baltimore. They outscored the Orioles 24-12, including a 7-1 victory Sunday.

Jerome Williams(notes) earned his first win in nearly six years while Peter Bourjos(notes) homered for a third straight game.

Bourjos is 17 for 34 with seven extra-base hits in the last eight games, raising his average 21 points to .286.

“Right now, Peter is swinging the bat as well as anybody on our club,” manager Mike Scioscia told the Angels’ official website.

Los Angeles hasn’t won five in a row since April 12-17, which included a three-game sweep of the White Sox (63-63) in Chicago. The Angels lost two of three at home against the White Sox in May.

Chicago, which has won 10 of 14 at Angel Stadium, took the final two of a three-game series against Texas over the weekend, winning 10-0 Sunday. Gavin Floyd(notes) gave up three hits in seven innings while Alejandro De Aza(notes) drove in three runs.

“Definitely good momentum for us going on the road trip,” catcher Tyler Flowers(notes) said.

Chicago went 5-4 on its homestand, but has played well on the road—winning 17 of 23 there. The White Sox are the only AL team with a losing home record and a winning mark on the road.

Pitching has been key to that success. Over the last 23 road games, the White Sox have a 2.22 ERA.

Mark Buehrle(notes) (10-6, 3.14 ERA) will try to keep things going, but he likely won’t have much room for error against Ervin Santana(notes) (9-9, 3.12).

Santana’s five-start winning streak ended after he allowed four runs - three earned - and a season-high 10 hits in 7 2-3 innings of a 4-3 loss to Texas on Wednesday. It was Santana’s first loss since June 21.

The right-hander allowed five runs and yielded two homers in six innings of an 8-0 defeat to the White Sox on May 9. Paul Konerko(notes), who is batting .391 this month, is hitting .192 with seven strikeouts against Santana.

Buehrle is 2-7 against the Angels and hasn’t won in Anaheim since 2001. He allowed four runs and 10 hits in seven innings of a 4-2 loss at home April 17.

However, Buehrle is coming off his first defeat since June 16 after he gave up four runs and a season-worst 12 hits in 7 1-3 innings of a 4-1 loss to Cleveland on Wednesday. It was the first time he gave up more than three runs since April 22.

Bobby Abreu(notes) (10 for 19), Vernon Wells(notes) (20 for 41) and Maicer Izturis(notes) (9 for 18) have all hit the left-hander well.

Chicago’s Carlos Quentin(notes) is expected to miss the series after suffering a sprain of the AC joint in his left shoulder Saturday.

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M. Buehrle TOR vs. E. Santana MIN
13-9 Record 11-12
3.59 ERA 3.38
109 K 178
45 BB 72
1.30 WHIP 1.22