Despite their poor play over the last three-plus weeks, the Los Angeles Angels remain confident they can get on a roll.
They'll try to get going in the right direction with a seventh consecutive home victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.
Los Angeles (61-57) has won only seven times in its last 24 games, making Monday's 2-1 victory over Chicago extremely significant following a 1-6 trip that began with a three-game sweep at the hands of the White Sox.
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"We needed this win. There was really no other way around that," said first baseman C.J. Cron.
Although the Angels were held to two or fewer runs for the fifth time in their last eight contests, their belief has not wavered while sitting 2 1/2 games behind first-place Houston in the AL West and one-half game out of the final wild-card spot.
"As a team, when we execute and all do what we're capable of doing, we're going to win a lot of games, because we're really good," closer Huston Street told MLB's official website.
Cron and Albert Pujols each homered and Street recorded his 28th save after blowing one in Sunday's 4-3, 10-inning loss at Kansas City.
"You have to turn the page," Street said. "They pay everybody else to remember, and they pay me to forget."
Cron, who recorded half of the club's four hits in the opener, is batting .419 with three home runs and eight RBIs in his last 11 games. He homered in the seventh to break a 1-all tie.
"I put a good swing on it, and fortunately it went out," he said.
Cron's only hit in six career at-bats against John Danks (6-9, 4.58 ERA) came Wednesday when the left-hander allowed one run in 7 1-3 innings of a 3-2, 13-inning win over Los Angeles.
Danks, however, is 0-3 with a 7.71 ERA in his last four on the road, where the White Sox have dropped five in a row after winning 11 of the previous 12. They've dropped 12 of the last 15 at Anaheim.
Trying to remain relevant in the wild-card race, Chicago (55-61) has lost 11 of its last 17 overall.
"We've gotta win. That's just the way it is," Danks said. "It doesn't do us any good to look ahead. We need to win the game at hand. We've done that."
Avisail Garcia had two hits for Chicago, which stranded eight runners and went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. Jose Abreu was hit by a pair of pitches, but remained in the game. He's 1 for 14 with eight strikeouts in four games at Los Angeles.
Garrett Richards (11-9, 3.55) allowed a first-inning, three-run homer to Abreu and no other runs over the next seven innings of a 9-4 victory last season in his only career start against the White Sox. The right-hander has yielded three runs over six innings in each of his last two starts overall.
Teammate Mike Trout is 0 for 9 in the last three games and 0 for 6 with four strikeouts and a walk in a seven plate appearances against Danks.