White Sox-Angels Preview

The Associated Press

The Los Angeles Angels' latest funk began the last time they saw Chris Sale, whose dominant performance helped get the light-hitting Chicago White Sox on the right track.

Sale takes the mound again as visiting Chicago seeks a season-best fourth straight victory Friday night against struggling Los Angeles.

The Angels had won the first two of last weekend's series in Chicago, but Sale (4-2, 2.88 ERA) took a perfect game into the seventh inning and finished with a one-hitter in the White Sox's 3-0 victory Sunday.

The only hitter to reach base was Mike Trout, whose one-out single in the seventh inning ended the perfect game.

"Honestly, I didn't wake up and say, 'I want to throw a perfect game or a no-hitter,'" Sale said. "I come to the ballpark every day when I'm pitching and just want to keep my team in the game. That's the most important part at the end of the day."

Sale has gone 3-0 with a 1.48 ERA over his last four starts, striking out at least seven three times with opponents hitting .160 against him. He's 2-0 with a 0.55 ERA in two starts and two relief appearances in his career versus the Angels.

C.J. Wilson matched zeros with Sale through six innings Sunday before giving up three runs in the seventh. He also walked four, marking the fifth time in eight starts he's walked at least that many.

"It was a really well-pitched game," Wilson said. "And Sale just had video-game stuff."

Wilson (3-2, 3.88), who has lost his last two starts, will again oppose Sale. He's 2-2 with a 2.78 ERA in four career starts versus the White Sox, though he's walked 10 over his last two against them.

The left-hander will face a White Sox lineup that has come on of late despite ranking last in the AL in average (.237), runs scored (141), on-base percentage (.287) and hitting with runners in scoring position (.218).

Chicago (18-21) set a season best for runs in a 9-4 win at Minnesota on Wednesday before scoring three in the eighth to beat the Angels 5-4 on Thursday. Adam Dunn hit a tying RBI single and Jeff Keppinger walked with the bases load for the go-ahead run, the first one he's drawn in 141 plate appearances this season.

''I just like the way the offense battles," manager Robin Ventura said.

Dunn is 6 for 12 with three homers and seven RBIs during the White Sox's three-game winning streak, though his .167 average is still fourth-worst in all of baseball among qualifiers.

He went 2 for 4 on Thursday and is now 3 for 29 (.103) in his last eight versus the Angels (15-26), who have lost five of six at home.

Albert Pujols, whose only hit in six at-bats off Sale is a solo home run, hit a two-run homer Wednesday and is 6 for 16 (.375) during a four-game hitting streak. Trout went 0 for 3, though, as his streak ended at six.

''You've got to start a streak somewhere, and we're going to have to do something pretty special to get back into it,'' Mark Trumbo said. ''If you let enough of them slide, you're not going to be able to do that.''

The Angels had won six of their last seven at home versus Chicago prior to losing the series opener.

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