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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Two straight wins have the Los Angeles Angels still in the thick of the playoff race.
Four consecutive losses haven't derailed the Chicago White Sox's chances either.
Dan Haren earned his first win at home in more than a month, Mark Trumbo capped a four-run first inning with a two-run single and the Angels won 4-2 on Saturday night, trimming Chicago's AL Central lead to a half-game over Detroit.
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"We're really positive," Haren said. "It's really a testament to the leaders on the team.
Haren (12-11) allowed two runs and six hits in six-plus innings, struck out four and walked one for his first win in Anaheim since beating Tampa Bay on July 27. He had been 0-3 with an 8.77 ERA in three home starts since then.
"Two double plays were big," Haren said, crediting the defense. "For the most part I was keeping the ball down. That's a really good lineup."
Ernesto Frieri pitched the ninth to earn his 20th save in 23 chances after giving up a go-ahead home run in each of his previous two outings.
"Ernie had a couple of rough outings and tonight he found another gear," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
The Angels have won six of nine and are 2 ½ games behind Oakland for the second AL wild card. They moved to a season-high 14 games over .500.
"Every guy has a ton of fight left in them and that's really what you want," Trumbo said.
Jose Quintana (6-5) gave up four runs and six hits in five innings, struck out three and walked five for the White Sox, who have scored just 10 runs in their past five games. Chicago struck out 12 times in a 6-2 loss in the series opener Friday.
"This is baseball and guys should be having fun doing it," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura, who was ejected in the fourth.
"There's stress and stuff like that because you want to win games, but we'd rather be doing this than trying to ruin somebody else's postseason chances."
Ventura was tossed by first base umpire Ed Hickox for arguing a balk called on Quintana with the White Sox trailing 4-1. The Angels had runners at the corners with none out when Quintana made an attempted pickoff throw to first baseman Paul Konerko, who was playing way off the bag against the right-handed hitting Mike Trout. Quintana led Konerko to the bag with his throw, and was called for his second balk of the season.
"I don't even know exactly how that went about because it was a designed play, so I was a little surprised that the balk was called," Quintana said through a translator. "I still don't understand it. I would have to look at the video. But it's a play that we have. It's not one that we've tried all the time, but we definitely practiced it in spring training."
Hickox told a pool reporter that Quintana didn't throw directly to first base, but 8 to 10 feet toward second baseman Gordon Beckham.
"Konerko was not breaking until after the pitcher threw the ball and then he was just trying to catch the ball. So in my judgment, there was no attempt to retire the runner," the umpire said. "My view and my judgment is that Konerko just went to try to catch the ball from going down the line."
The Angels failed to score in that inning after loading the bases.
They tied a season high with four runs in the first. Albert Pujols' ground-rule double -- the 500th of his career -- scored Trout, who walked. Hunter added an RBI single before Trumbo's two-run single with two outs made it 4-0.
|Manager Robin Ventura gets ejected for the fourth time this season during the White Sox's fourth straight loss. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Alejandro De Aza, CF-LF||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.281|
|Kevin Youkilis, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.229|
|Adam Dunn, DH||4||0||0||0||0||3||3||.207|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||.302|
|Alex Rios, RF||4||1||3||0||0||0||0||.301|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.279|
|Dayan Viciedo, LF||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.251|
|a- Dewayne Wise, PH-CF||2||0||0||1||0||0||1||.275|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.270|
|Gordon Beckham, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.239|
|a-grounded out for Viciedo in the 7th|
|2B - A.J. Pierzynski (16, Maronde)|
|HR - Paul Konerko (24, Haren)|
|RBI - Paul Konerko (70), Dewayne Wise (30)|
|SB - Alexei Ramirez (18, 2nd base off Haren/Iannetta)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Outfield Assists - Alejandro De Aza 1, Dayan Viciedo 1|
|DP - A. Ramirez-Beckham-Konerko|
|E - Nate Jones (1, Misplayed grounder), Jose Quintana (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Jose Quintana (L,6-5)||5||6||4||1||5||3||0||3.62|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jose Quintana 103-66, Nate Jones 16-10, Brett Myers 16-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Quintana 8-3, Nate Jones 5-0, Brett Myers 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Jose Quintana 25, Nate Jones 6, Brett Myers 4|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Mike Trout, CF||2||1||0||0||2||2||0||.325|
|Erick Aybar, SS||3||1||0||0||0||1||3||.292|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||0||4||.283|
|Torii Hunter, RF||4||0||1||1||0||0||3||.305|
|Howard Kendrick, 2B||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.279|
|Alberto Callaspo, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||0||2||.254|
|Mark Trumbo, DH||4||0||1||2||0||1||2||.264|
|Vernon Wells, LF||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.232|
|Chris Iannetta, C||2||0||0||0||1||0||2||.253|
|2B - Albert Pujols (45, Quintana), Alberto Callaspo (17, Myers)|
|SH - Erick Aybar (6)|
|RBI - Albert Pujols (99), Torii Hunter (84), Mark Trumbo 2 (89)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mark Trumbo 2 (22)|
|SB - Howard Kendrick (13, 2nd base off Quintana/Pierzynski)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Kendrick-Aybar-Pujols, Aybar-Callaspo-Pujols|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Dan Haren (W,12-11)||6||6||2||2||1||4||1||4.35|
|Garrett Richards (H,3)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.48|
|Scott Downs (H,24)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.68|
|Ernesto Frieri (S,20)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.52|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 92-60, Nick Maronde 4-2, Garrett Richards 9-8, Scott Downs 12-9, Ernesto Frieri 14-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 5-7, Garrett Richards 3-0, Scott Downs 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Dan Haren 23, Nick Maronde 1, Garrett Richards 3, Scott Downs 3, Ernesto Frieri 4|
|Attendance - 41440|
|Game Time - 2:48|
|Temperature - 86|
|Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Chris Conroy, Third Base - Mark Carlson|