ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Edwin Jackson was sharp. And relaxed.
The White Sox right-hander was locating his fastball and slider against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night, and thanks to some unusual offensive support, he was able to pitch with relative ease. For once.
"It's a great feeling when you look up and you have early run support,'' said Jackson, who gave up five hits, struck out five and walked one. "You don't have to be as perfect and you can still stay in the mind frame, attacking hitters. When the offense is swinging like that, you just want to get them back in as quick as possible so they can continue to swing.''
In the last three games the Sox have 40 hits and 19 runs after scoring 16 runs in their previous six games. Sox starters have a 1.58 ERA in their last seven games.
Jackson, who was on the losing end of Francisco Liriano's no-hitter for the Twins against the Sox in his last start, said he doesn't feel snakebit. He has had his share of shaky outings, too.
"Not really because a couple of those starts I gave up between six and eight runs,'' Jackson said. "It doesn't matter if they score or not. If you give up eight, the chances of you winning are slim.''
"I would definitely hope [that we're back on track],'' he said. "This is a great start to come in against a tough team like this and take Game 1 of this series. We are trying to keep the ball rolling and keep it moving.''