After the Angels got a 4-2 victory over the White Sox on Saturday, they moved 2 1/2 games back of the second American League Wild Card spot, while Chicago saw its AL Central lead over the Tigers cut to just a half-game.
"The biggest thing is, you need to win games and get other teams to beat up the teams in front of you," Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick said. "We'll take it any way we can get it."
The two teams will square off in the series finale at Angel Stadium on Sunday, with Jered Weaver set to take the hill for the Halos and Gavin Floyd getting the nod for the White Sox.
Weaver will go for an AL-high 19th win after a solid performance on Tuesday against the Rangers. Getting his second straight win since missing a start due to biceps tendinitis, he allowed just three runs on six hits in seven innings of work.
Third in the AL with a 2.79 ERA, Weaver is also first in WHIP at 1.00 and is holding opponents to a .213 batting average, which is the best in the league.
"Weave is certainly in the conversation with a few other guys," said manager Mike Scioscia, referring to the Cy Young Award. "He's been terrific. He pitched through some stuff. He had a little tendinitis in his shoulder, and he missed a couple starts with his back. He's been very consistent."
Meanwhile, Floyd will look to change his luck against the Angels. He's 2-5 with a 5.30 ERA in nine career starts against the Halos and is 0-3 with a 7.11 ERA in three career starts at Angel Stadium.
Since returning from the disabled list on Sept. 12, Floyd is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in two starts.
Floyd got a win in his previous start against the Royals on Tuesday, allowing just two runs on five hits in seven innings of work. It marked his longest outing since a July 7 start against the Blue Jays.
"That first inning, they got him for two runs, but other than that he was sharp," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "I think he was getting ahead. He had just great feel for pitches. I almost wanted to leave him in there a little longer, but we've got guys coming in to pick him up."
White Sox: Ventura says Ramirez, Beckham deserve Gold
If it were up to Ventura, shortstop Alexei Ramirez and second baseman Gordon Beckham would win American League Gold Glove Awards.
"We can't vote for our own guys, but we can talk about them. Gordon has done a great job," Ventura said. "Alexei has been right in the middle and gets to a lot of stuff. They've been great up the middle. It's one thing we've had all year. They've played Gold Glove-caliber defense."
Ventura mentioned that his voting criteria are based solely on who has been best defensively at each position, with no influence on offensive numbers.
Angels: Moreno backs Scioscia and Dipoto
Whether the Angels make the playoffs this season, manager Mike Scioscia and general manager Jerry Dipoto will be back, Angels owner Arte Moreno told MLB.com on Saturday.
"Regardless of what happens the next 11 games, Mike Scioscia will 100 percent return," Moreno said. "I have told him. He wants to come back, I want him to come back. He's been the manager of the Angels for 13 years. He will be the manager of the Angels for a 14th year. Period."
"Jerry Dipoto will be back. I think we're learning a lot about ourselves, but [Dipoto] will be back."
If the Angels don't make the playoffs, it would mark their third consecutive postseason absence, and it would come after an offseason in which Moreno committed more than $315 million on the signings of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson.
The White Sox are 13-5 in their last 18 games against the American League West and have gone 63-40 against the division since 2010.
Chicago center fielder Alejandro De Aza is 10-for-22 with two leadoff home runs and two RBIs over his last five games.
Angels center fielder Mike Trout, with 121 runs scored, is three shy of Vladimir Guerrero's franchise record set in 2004. Trout is the first AL rookie to score at least 120 runs since Ichiro Suzuki (127) in 2001.