Ervin Santana struck out 11 while pitching seven innings of two-hit ball and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Chicago White Sox 6-2 on Friday night to gain ground in the playoff race.
Mike Trout and Kendrys Morales homered for Los Angeles, which pulled within 3 1/2 games of Oakland for the second AL wild card. The Athletics lost 2-1 to the New York Yankees in 10 innings.
Chicago's lead in the AL Central was trimmed to 1 1/2 games over second-place Detroit, which had its series opener against Minnesota postponed by rain. White Sox starter Jake Peavy (11-12) gave up five runs and eight hits in five innings.
Alejandro De Aza got the White Sox off to a fast start with a leadoff homer in the first, but Santana (9-12) quickly recovered and retired 21 of his final 23 batters, walking Gordon Beckham with one out in the third and giving up a two-out single to Alexei Ramirez in the fifth.
Ramirez's 11 strikeouts matched a career high and he only walked one while throwing 108 pitches.