Two wins. It’s not much of a streak, but the White Sox realize that it’s a start.

For the first time in two weeks, the Sox strung together back-to-back victories with their 4-2 defeat of the visiting Oakland Athletics on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field. The win gave the Sox a split of the four-game weekend set.

“Anything in a row is good. You get two and maybe three, four. Who knows what happens from here,” Sox starting pitcher Hector Santiago said. “But the starting pitching is going, and we’re keeping the guys in the game and just give them a chance to win.”

That’s exactly what happened Sunday, as Santiago limited the A’s to just a pair of runs -- only one was earned -- over 6 1/3 innings of work. And while Santiago silenced the visitors, who entered the day as the first-place team in the American League West, the offense touched starting pitcher A.J. Griffin for four runs en route to the win.

Add in some impressive defensive plays, and this is just the kind of baseball the Sox need to play if they’re going to turn the current stretch of poor play around.

“When you play defense and get some big hits at spots, it just looks better,” manager Robin Ventura said. “It doesn’t take much to turn the momentum. What has gone bad can go good. So there’s some positive stuff going on. Johnny (Danks), what he did yesterday. What these guys did today. That stuff turns, and you never know what can happen when it does. And that’s what makes these guys tough is as bad as it’s going, nobody’s pointing fingers. We’re just rolling.”

The Sox found themselves trailing early after Santiago gave up a solo home run to Coco Crisp in the top of the third, but Tyler Flowers answered back right away, knocking his own solo homer off Griffin in the bottom of the inning.

The Sox then struck for a pair in the fourth, getting table-setting soft liners from Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko before a Conor Gillaspie sacrifice fly and a Gordon Beckham RBI double made it 3-1 in favor of the home team.

Santiago cruised from there and was lifted after walking Josh Reddick with one out in the seventh. Later on in the inning, reliever Matt Thornton threw a pickoff attempt wide of Konerko at first, allowing Reddick to scamper home from third and cut it to a one-run Sox lead. But Alex Rios got the run back in the bottom of the eighth with a solo homer, his 11th of the season.