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Angels sweep White Sox, but Chicago maintains AL Central lead

Published: Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout dives into third on a single by Torii Hunter as Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis takes a late throw in the sixth inning Sunday in Anaheim, Calif. The Angels won 4-1.

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The White Sox left Angel Stadium the same way they arrived – looking for a big hit.

For the third straight day, the struggling Sox couldn’t deliver. They let Jered Weaver escape in the first inning after loading the bases with one out, and got only four more hits the rest of the way Sunday in a 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

The Sox lead Detroit by a game in the AL Central after the Tigers lost both games against Minnesota on Sunday.

“Right now, it’s ‘Let’s get out of here, get home and a change of scenery can’t do us any worse,’ ” first baseman Paul Konerko said after the Sox’s fifth straight defeat.

“Everyone is playing hard and going about it the right way and there’s nothing wrong except the lack of results and the wins. We’ve just got to keep battling and keep fighting. Things go in cycles. Hopefully there’s a cycle that’s going to turn and it’s going to be good for us,” he said.

The Sox’s only run came in the seventh, when A.J. Pierzynski doubled, advanced on Weaver’s wild pitch and scored on Dayan Viciedo’s sacrifice fly. The Sox have just three hits in their past 42 at-bats with runners in scoring position and were 1 for 17 in the series against the Angels.

“You’ve just got to go out and play,” said third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who is 2 for 22 with no RBIs over his past seven games. “If you put pressure upon yourself, the game is going to get a lot worse. You have got to go out, have fun and try to win ballgames. A lot of guys are working their butt off to do that, and we’re just coming up short right now.”

Weaver’s AL-leading 19th victory didn’t come easily.

The three-time All-Star needed 33 pitches to get through the first while batting through 94-degree heat. But he struck out Alex Rios at the end of an 11-pitch at-bat and retired Pierzynski on a grounder.

Rios came in batting .469 (30 for 64) with runners in scoring position and less than two outs, but was only 4 for 22 lifetime against Weaver (19-4).

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