White Sox-Angels Preview

Out of playoff position for the first time in 6 1/2 weeks after a miserable road trip, the slumping Los Angeles Angels will try to get back in the groove at home.

The Angels could find some motivation in facing a Chicago White Sox team that swept them last week, and they'll also get another look at highly touted rookie Carlos Rodon, who seeks another scoreless outing against Los Angeles on Monday night.

Los Angeles (60-57) dropped a half-game behind Baltimore for the AL's second wild card with a 4-3 loss in 10 innings Sunday night in Kansas City. Huston Street couldn't preserve a one-run lead in the ninth inning en route to his club's 17th defeat in 23 games and sixth on a seven-game trip.

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"We have to get something going," said outfielder Kole Calhoun, who hit a solo homer in the eighth and also tripled. "We have to get a sense of urgency going."

The Angels opened their trek with three losses to Chicago (55-60), including a 3-0 defeat Tuesday in which Rodon (5-4, 4.61 ERA) fanned a career-high 11 over seven innings.

The left-hander had allowed a combined 12 runs over 7 2-3 innings in his prior two starts and worked out of a first-inning jam against Los Angeles.

"It was really impressive stuff for (Rodon) after his last couple hadn't been his best," manager Robin Ventura said. "This was a great performance."

Rodon has totaled 12 2-3 scoreless innings in his past two road starts but now faces an Angels team that has won five of seven at home. Los Angeles has also taken the last five matchups and 11 of 14 against the White Sox in Anaheim.

The White Sox have dropped their past four on the road after winning 11 of 12. They lost two of three to the visiting Cubs this weekend, avoiding a sweep with Sunday's 3-1 victory.

Andrew Heaney (5-1, 2.53) will face the White Sox for the second time in six days. He gave up two runs over 5 2-3 innings in his first career matchup Wednesday and avoided a loss when the Angels forced extra innings in a 3-2 defeat.

The Angels have won in each of Heaney's five home starts, giving the left-hander a 3-0 record in Anaheim. However, he also gave up four runs and a career-high 10 hits over 5 2-3 innings in his most recent home start Aug. 7 against Baltimore.

Trayce Thompson went 2 for 2 against Heaney in last week's matchup and is 6 for 12 in his first five games in the majors. Tyler Flowers was also 2 for 2.

C.J. Cron went 2 for 3 against Rodon, while Albert Pujols and Mike Trout both were 0 for 3 with a pair of strikeouts. Chris Iannetta fanned in each of his three at-bats.

Pujols is batting .169 in his last 14 games versus the White Sox even after going 3 for 6 on Wednesday. Trout is hitting .208 in his last 13 versus Chicago and has struck out 19 times in 48 at-bats.

"I've been watching those guys on TV for a little while. It's special to be able to play on the same field with them," Rodon said. "They're two of the greats in this game. You get amped up when you see those guys step into the box."