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Angels 6, White Sox 2

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jason Vargas threw seven scoreless innings, and the Los Angeles Angels made the most of their seven hits on the way to a 6-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium.

Vargas (3-3) allowed only four hits -- all singles -- while striking out six and walking three. The White Sox managed to get a runner into scoring position only twice against Vargas, who is 3-0 with a 2.20 ERA in his past four starts.

The Angels had only seven hits themselves. The big hits were Erick Aybar's two-run double off White Sox starter Jake Peavy (5-2) in the third inning that gave the Angels a 2-0 lead, and Howie Kendrick's two-run double in the eighth that gave the Angels some breathing room.

In between, Chris Iannetta, who walked four times in Saturday's game, drew two more walks on Sunday, including one with the bases loaded in the fourth inning that gave the Angels a 3-0 lead. Aybar's bases-loaded walk later in the fourth made it 4-0.

Dane De La Rosa relieved Vargas to start the eighth inning but gave up an RBI double to Alex Rios, who extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Lefty Scott Downs came in to face one batter -- left-handed hitting Adam Dunn -- and struck him out. Ernesto Frieri gave up a run in the ninth but got the final four outs for his ninth save.

Jeff Keppinger had two hits for the White Sox, who still managed to have a winning road trip (4-3) despite losing the last two games of the series to the Angels.

The victory marked only the fourth time all season the Angels have won consecutive games, the last time coming May 9-11 when they beat the Astros once and the White Sox twice.

The Angels took the lead in the third inning on Aybar's two-run double into the right-field corner.

Peavy lost the strike zone in the fourth inning, when he walked four batters. It included bases-loaded walks to Iannetta and Aybar, allowing the Angels to score two more and take a 4-0 lead.

Vargas didn't allow a hit to anybody in the White Sox lineup through five innings, except for Keppinger. Keppinger had singles in both the third and fifth innings, but the White Sox couldn't mount any serious scoring threats in the early innings.

NOTES: Angels infielder Chris Nelson was called up from Class AAA Salt Lake Sunday, one day after the Angels claimed him off waivers from the Yankees. Nelson began the season as the opening day starter for the Colorado Rockies before being traded to the Yankees. In 31 games for the Rockies and Yankees, Nelson hit .235 (24 for 102). To make room on the roster for Nelson, the Angels optioned infielder Luis Jimenez to Salt Lake. ... Angels LHP Sean Burnett (forearm) felt fine Sunday one day after he gave up one run in one inning of a rehab appearance for the Class A Inland Empire 66ers. Burnett is expected to be activated later this week, possibly as early as Tuesday. ... Dunn was in the starting lineup Sunday, one day after coming out of the game because of back spasms. Dunn was stretching in the on-deck circle in the fourth inning of Saturday's game when his back tightened up. ... White Sox INF Gordon Beckham (fractured bone in left hand) went 2-for-4 with three runs scored Saturday in his first rehab game for Class AAA Charlotte on Saturday. Beckham has been on the disabled list since April 10.
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