- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia didn’t think Mat Latos was “doing anything special.”

Latos, though, was able to shut down the Angels on Tuesday, something that’s becoming too routine for Scioscia’s slumping bunch.

Latos didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning, Todd Frazier and Jose Abreu hit solo home runs and the Chicago White Sox beat the Angels 5-0 to snap a three-game losing streak.

Latos (3-0) allowed two hits over 6 1/3 innings and lowered his ERA to 0.49 through three starts.

The Angels mustered three hits in their fourth loss in five games. Mike Trout went 0 for 3 to drop to .220, Albert Pujols (.170) went 0 for 3 and the Angels are hitting .225 as a team.

“He obviously hit the spots but we had chances and he made some pitches to get out of jams,” Scioscia said of Latos. “Outside of the first inning, we didn’t get too many good looks at him.”

Frazier went deep to left in the second and Abreu homered to center in the fifth off fastballs by Matt Shoemaker (1-2).

Shoemaker gave up six hits in 6 1/3 innings.

“That’s not where they were intended to be but sometimes you miss,” Shoemaker said of the two homers. “Sometimes you get a popout and sometimes they hit them.”

Andrelton Simmons doubled to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games and end Latos’ night after 101 pitches. Adam Eaton then threw out Simmons at the plate when he tried to score off C.J. Cron’s one-out single to right.

Matt Albers got out of the seventh to extend the majors’ longest active scoreless streak to 30 innings.

Nate Jones pitched two innings for his first career save and hand the Angels their second shutout.

Melky Cabrera hit a two-run triple to center off Jose Alvarez during a three-run eighth to put it out of reach.

“A total, complete game for us,” Eaton said.

Frazier, who came in hitting .155, lined Shoemaker’s 92 mph fastball into the left field seats to end an 0 for 9 skid. Abreu’s 403-foot homer to straightaway center made it 2-0.

Latos overcame three walks and 47 pitches in two innings and got into a groove until Carlos Perez’s soft single up the middle with one out in the fifth.

Latos didn’t issue a walk over the final five innings and struck out five to secure his first three-start winning streak since 2013.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: Scioscia said LHP Andrew Heaney (elbow) has “plateaued” in his recovery and still playing catch at 60 feet because of tightness. “He’s got a ways to go,” Scioscia said. … LHP C.J. Wilson (shoulder) is playing catch at 90 feet and is not close to throwing off a mound.

FAN INTERFERENCE

Scioscia was upset his video challenge of a fan interference call wasn’t overturned. The umpires ruled a fan prevented left fielder Melky Cabrera from catching Cliff Pennington’s foul fly in the eighth and ruled Pennington out.

“I still don’t know why they didn’t reverse that because the ball was dropped before the fan got anywhere near it,” Scioscia said.

The Angels went down in order in the inning.

UP NEXT

Richards (0-2, 3.57 ERA) looks to get some support against White Sox ace Chris Sale (3-0, 2.35 ERA) on Wednesday. The Angels have scored only five runs in losing all three of Richards’ starts.

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