The improvement came in chunks by Alex Rios and Adam Dunn, with small steps forward by Paul Konerko and Jeff Keppinger.

But as much progress as the White Sox's offense made during a 4-3 trip, there is room for more growth.

That was acknowledged Sunday by Dunn after a 6-2 loss to the Angels and left-hander Jason Vargas.

"We are pretty close to getting really hot," said Dunn, who went 8-for-22 with four home runs before striking out three times Sunday. "We swung the bats pretty well, excluding (Sunday).

"We have a tough homestand with Boston coming in, and we need to score some runs for us to compete with them."

Dunn made some changes before the Sox's trip, and Konerko continues to make changes in an effort to break out of his malaise. He was 6-for-17, including a three-hit game Saturday, before going 0-for-4 (including a line-drive out to third) in the series finale that brought his average to .224.

"(Saturday) was a good day," said Konerko, who often declines to assess his own hitting until the end of the season. "It's good to build off of that. That's about it. I don't want to get into it more than that."

Manager Robin Ventura and hitting coach Jeff Manto, however, were more expansive in their support of Konerko.