The Angels did what they had to do. Now the lead is 2.5. The Angels came in knowing the Athletics had lost in New York and took care of business as Dan Haren earned his first win at the Big A in over a month, 4-1.
The Angels jumped on Jose Quintana early. Mike Trout led off with a walk and was bunted over by Erick Aybar. Quintana’s error allowed Aybar to reach. Albert Pujols then followed with a ground rule double to bring in Trout. Torii Hunter followed with a single to drive in Aybar, but was thrown out trying to get to second. Howard Kendrick followed with a walk and stole second. Two batters later, the struggling Mark Trumbo singled home two runs. If he can get going, it can be a real boost.The White Sox did fight back. Paul Konerko led off the second with his 24th homer of the year. In the seventh. Alex Rios singled and A.J. Pierzynski followed with a double. Dewayne Wise followed with an RBI groundout.