CHICAGO (AP) - White Sox manager Robin Ventura believes in giving second chances - just not to opposing teams.
And it's giving second chances to opponents - by making errors and defensive mistakes - that cost the White Sox again in a 7-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.
Chicago has dropped four of its last six games and had two errors Friday to raise its total to 24.
Errors by White Sox center fielder Alejandro De Aza and third baseman Conor Gillaspie, and a passed ball by catcher Tyler Flowers led to four of the Angels' seven runs.
``It's starting to be where it's almost like a broken record,' Ventura said. ``You give them opportunities if it's extra chances. Any time you give a lineup like this extra chances, it doesn't work. It just doesn't work.'
The White Sox committed 70 errors in 162 games last season. They're already committed over a third of that number in just 33 games thus far this season.
``Hopefully over the course of the year, it'll even out, but it just sticks out a little more when it seems like it all happens together,' Flowers said. ``Hopefully, that's the case where it just so happened that a lot of them happened now and we're going to shore it up over the course of the year.'
White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod (0-3) was hit hard in the top of the third when, after giving up one run, the Angels tacked on two more on a double by Albert Pujols and De Aza's error.
``It's just one of those things that's been going on this year,' Axelrod said of Chicago's defensive mistakes. ``We just need to keep working on it and it'll turn around. We've got guys that make spectacular plays, and it's just one of those things that's hard to explain.'
Had it not been for De Aza's fielding error on Pujols' double, Axelrod might have gotten out of the inning with less damage than the four runs that ultimately scored.
``The whole game, I felt really good,' Axelrod said. ``It's just an unfortunate thing that they got some runs in the third. That's the frustrating part, where you feel great out there and still give up some runs. I can't be that disappointed in my effort because I felt I executed pretty well and they just happened to score.'
Mike Trout had two hits, including the go-ahead single in the seventh inning, to lead the Angels to the win.
Hank Conger reached on Gillaspie's error to start the seventh and scored on Trout's sharp single to right off reliever Matt Lindstrom that gave the Angels a 6-5 lead. J.B. Shuck then scored on a passed ball.
``You've got to create your own momentum at the start of every game, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ``I think on the offensive side we're still leaving too many guys on base (seven Friday night), but we scored seven runs. . It feels good to get this one and move on to tomorrow.'
The Angels built a 5-1 lead after Brendan Harris homered in the fourth. He had three hits and scored twice. The White Sox rallied in the bottom half of the inning scoring four to tie it.
Michael Kohn (1-0) pitched an inning of scoreless relief for the win. Ernesto Frieri picked up his sixth save in seven attempts.
The Angels won consecutive games for the first time since beating the Tigers three straight April 19-21. They also improved to 6-13 on the road. Their seven runs were the most since they scored eight in a 10-8 loss April 29 at Oakland.
Enright replaced Tommy Hanson, who was scheduled to start but was placed on the restricted list before Friday's game. Enright lasted 3 1-3 innings, giving up four hits and five runs.
De Aza gave the White Sox a 1-0 lead in the first with a leadoff home run, his seventh of the season and seventh career leadoff homer. He's done it three times this season, including on Wednesday at New York. De Aza is the first Chicago player to start consecutive games with a home run since Kenny Lofton in July 2002.
The Angels scored four times in the third to take a 4-1 lead. Pujols had a two-run double and Mark Trumbo an RBI single.
The White Sox scored four times in the fourth to tie the game, capped by a two-out single from Flowers.
Chicago loaded the bases with no outs on a double and two walks. Alex Rios scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-2. Dayan Viciedo, who came off the disabled list earlier Friday, doubled to left, driving in two to cut the Angels' lead to 5-4 and chase Enright.
Mark Lowe then replaced Enright and gave up Flowers' single that brought in Viciedo.
NOTES: White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham took 100 swings off a tee before Friday's game. Beckham is on the disabled list after breaking his left hamate bone April 9 in Washington and undergoing surgery on April 16. . Angels infielder Erick Aybar was not in the lineup after experiencing tightness in his right hamstring Thursday in Houston. Scioscia said Aybar and reliever Scott Downs, who injured his right foot Thursday, are both day to day.
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