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Sox fall to Angels 7-5

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Dylan Axelrod had received the second lowest run support (2.83 runs per game) of any pitcher in the American League.
But when the White Sox finally gave him five runs Friday, it wasn't enough.
Axelrod (0-3) remained winless and the Sox continued to struggle with runners in scoring position and defensively in falling 7-5 to the Los Angeles Angels.
``We battled back, but you give them multiple opportunities and you'll pay for it,'' manager Robin Ventura said.
The Sox trailed 5-1 after the Angels scored four off Axelrod in the third and added a solo home run by Brendan Harris in the fourth.
But the Sox scored four in the bottom of the fourth, including a two-run double by Dayan Viciedo in his first game back from the disabled list.
Alejandro De Aza had the Sox ahead with a lead off home run off starter Barry Enright--his second in as many games--but Axelrod and Matt Lindstrom gave up two in the seventh, including an unearned run caused when Conor Gillaspie's error at third allowed Hank Conger to reach base.
``It's starting to be like a broken record,'' Ventura said of two more errors, the Sox now with 24. ``Any time you give a lineup like that extra chances, it doesn't work. It just doesn't work.''
The Sox fell to 14-19 overall and 7-8 at home, but general manager Rick Hahn has tried to remain patient with only ``20 percent'' of the season gone by.
``Injuries are a factor and something everyone has to deal with, but it's tough to truly evaluate where you sit when you don't' have that core group together on a regular basis,'' he said before the game.
``But there are other factors besides health that factor into where things go from here, and that's how the team as a whole is performing based on the 25 guys who are out there on a given night.''
Axelrod gave up six runs, five earned, on seven hits.
``It seemed like the hardest ball they hit was an out,'' he said of the four-run third. ``Unfortunately the balls found holes.
``It's tough putting your team in a hole like that, but we battled back and we were in it. I felt really good and that's the frustrating part, when you feel good and give up runs.''
The Sox record fell to 2-5 in two-run games, with the team having lost four of their last six overall and six of their last nine at home.
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