Reporting from Arlington, Texas -- If the Angels rally into the postseason, they're likely to point to a stretch in mid-August as the point in which the season turned. And they're also likely to point to Vernon Wells as the man who sparked the turnaround.

After going one for four with a run batted in Sunday in a 9-5 loss to the Texas Rangers, Wells has a seasonlong seven-game hitting streak. And six of the hits in that streak have gone for extra bases, raising his season average 16 points to .216.

Wells credits the success to changes he made to his stance after viewing video from his 2006 season in Toronto, when he hit .303 with 32 homers.

"Something needed to change," said Wells, who closed his stance and shifted his weight in the batter's box. "Over the last few years … I just started to develop bad habits. And you can get away with them sometimes.

"Hit for average, hit for power. That's my game. I should be able to hit doubles, hit some homers, hit the ball harder and stay up the middle."