Sep 22, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels right fielder Torii Hunter (48) is tagged out by Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko (14) during a run down during the first inning at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRE

White Sox Vs. Angels: Chicago's AL Central Lead Down To Half Game After Loss

The Chicago White Sox have lost the first two games of their series with the Los Angeles Angels, and the Detroit Tigers are now within a half game of first place in the AL Central.

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White Sox Fall To Angels, 4-1, Swept In Series

The Los Angeles Angels made the American League playoff race a bit more interesting on Sunday afternoon, as Mike Scioscia's team used a 4-1 victory in Game 3 to pull off a complete sweep of the Chicago White Sox.

Angels starter Jered Weaver tossed six and 1/3 innings of one-run ball to move to 19-4 on the season, while Chicago's Gavin Floyd dropped to 10-11 overall despite striking out eight Los Angeles batters. Things came apart for the right-handed Floyd in the sixth inning after a two-run double by Albert Pujols softened things up, and then a huge two-run homer from Kendrys Morales quickly broke things open.

Now ahead of Detroit by less than one game in the AL Central standings, the White Sox could enter the new week in a tie for first place if the Tigers are able to scrounge up a victory over Minnesota on Sunday evening. Despite the sweep however, the Angels remain 2.5 games out of the league's final wild card spot with nine games remaining on their schedule.

Head over to Halos Heaven for more Angels coverage, and be sure to visit South Side Sox for more on the White Sox.

This was originally posted on Baseball Nation.

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