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C.J. Wilson helps Angels finish sweep of White Sox in 4-2 win

C.J. Wilson bounces back from his shortest start of the season to help Angels complete sweep
Veteran left-handed pitcher C.J. Wilson gives up one run in 7 1/3 innings of a 4-2 win over White Sox
Josh Hamilton drives in three runs and David Freese walks a career-high four times in win over Chicago

KEY MOMENT: Joe Smith replaced starter C.J. Wilson with one out and a runner on first in the eighth inning and gave up a double to Alejandro De Aza and RBI singles to Conor Gillaspie and Adam Eaton. But Gordon Beckham hit a first-pitch grounder to third baseman David Freese, who started a double play that preserved a 4-2 lead.

AT THE PLATE: Josh Hamilton had an RBI double and a two-run single, and C.J. Cron capped a three-run fifth with an RBI single. Howie Kendrick singled twice and scored a run, Mike Trout scored twice, and Freese drew a career-high four walks and scored a run. The Angels held White Sox slugger Jose Abreu to one hit in 12 at-bats in the series, striking him out four times Saturday and getting him to ground into two double plays Sunday.

ON THE MOUND: Wilson, still feeling some symptoms from the flu bug that sapped his energy in his previous start, allowed one run and three hits in 7 1/3 innings, striking out six and walking two. "I didn't have much in the tank," Wilson said, "but I made the most with what I had." The Angels put the tying run on in the ninth when they intentionally walked Adam Dunn, who hit a 396-foot homer off closer Ernesto Frieri on Friday night, but the strategy paid off when Frieri struck out Adrian Nieto to end the game.

SELECT COMPANY: Mike Scioscia saw a replay of the low-and-away changeup that Trout crushed for a tying grand slam in the eighth inning of Saturday night's 6-5 win and came away with the same assessment as White Sox Manager Robin Ventura, who said the pitch was "probably ball four, close to being in the dirt." Said Scioscia: "That was not a mistake. That was a real good pitch."

EXTRA BASES: Saturday night marked the first time the Angels won a game at home after trailing 5-0 in the seventh inning or later since Game 6 of the 2002 World Series, a 6-5 win over San Francisco.

UP NEXT: Right-hander Garrett Richards (5-2, 3.25 ERA) will oppose Oakland right-hander Jesse Chavez (5-3, 3.04) at Angel Stadium on Monday at 7 p.m. On the air: FS West. Radio: 830.

—Mike DiGiovanna

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