How it happened: The White Sox got off a good start on Friday, but it didn’t last long. Sox leadoff man Alejandro De Aza homered on Angels starter Ervin Santana's 3-2 offering in the first inning, his ninth homer on the season and his third to lead off a game. But Sox pitcher Jake Peavy gave it back with a long ball in the second inning. Angels first baseman Kendrys Morales hit his 21st homer of the season, a solo shot. Peavy allowed another two runs in the third as Albert Pujols' bloop single scored Chris Iannetta and Mike Trout. Then the Angels struck for two more in the fourth, when Torii Hunter drove in Erick Aybar and Mark Trumbo. Peavy hit the showers after five innings, taking his 11th loss of the season. Santana dominated the Sox, allowing just two hits through seven innings. He struck out 11 Chicago batters, matching a career high.
What it means: The Tigers were rained out in Minnesota so the White Sox’s lead in the Central dropped to a game and a half. The White Sox’s magic number stays at 13 after the loss to the Angels. Losers of three straight, the Sox are now 4-3 on this current nine-game road trip. The Sox have 12 games remaining on their schedule. (Two against Anaheim, six against Cleveland and four against Tampa). Detroit will play a single game against the Twins on Saturday and a doubleheader on Sunday.
Outside the box: Sox manager Robin Ventura had a few one-on-one conversations with select players about having fun, but not getting caught up in the hype of the pennant race. Paul Konerko returned to the lineup as the designated hitter. Konerko missed one game with an sore back.
Up next: The Sox will send lefty Jose Quintana (6-4, 3.69 ERA) against Angels righty Dan Haren (11-11, 4.41) in Game 2 of the series on Saturday at 8:05 CT.a