LIVE: Errors, walks put White Sox down 10-4

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LIVE: Errors, walks put White Sox down 10-4

Friday, April 29, 2011
Posted: 11:42 a.m.

Associated Press

The Chicago White Sox find themselves in the midst of an ugly stretch with a punchless offense mostly to blame.

John Danks knows all too well of his team's struggles to score runs.

Despite five solid outings, Danks tries for his first win of the season as the White Sox return home to open a four-game set with the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.

The White Sox (10-16) batted .199 over their recently completed 3-8 road trip, during which they were outscored 51-23 after falling 12-3 to the New York Yankees in Thursday's series finale.

"It's been a bad couple of weeks," first baseman Paul Konerko said. "It's been bad up to this point as a whole this season, but that doesn't mean tomorrow has to be (the same way). It's way too early to get discouraged or to say, 'OK, this is the team for the season.'"

Alex Rios, who went 0 for 3 before leaving with a toe injury, recorded just two hits in 34 at-bats (.059) during the trek. Slugger Adam Dunn went hitless in four at-bats Thursday and saw his average drop to .162.

Chicago, loser of 12 of 15, has averaged 2.6 runs and failed to record a win during the five games Danks (0-3, 3.27 ERA) has started.

The left-hander, who has gone at least six innings in every start this year, gave up three runs and nine hits during Sunday's 3-0 loss at Detroit.

"It's unfortunate, because he's been pitching great every outing, and we're not helping him," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Not at all, and it is a shame."

Danks hasn't gone winless in April since his 2007 rookie season, and a matchup against Baltimore (10-13) could help extend that feat. He is 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA in his last four starts against the Orioles, allowing one run or less in three of them.

It's been the Orioles starters, though, who have impressed of late, going at least six innings and compiling a 3.23 ERA over the last nine contests.

Baltimore had won back-to-back games against Boston prior to falling 6-2 on Thursday. Brad Bergesen threw six strong innings but the bullpen allowed four runs for the second time in as many nights.

While Orioles relievers have compiled a 10.06 ERA over the last five games, closer Kevin Gregg has thrived of late. He's converted three straight save opportunities while recording four nearly perfect innings, allowing one walk over that span.

"It's the end of April, (and I'm) just getting in the swing of things," Gregg told the Orioles' official website.

Jake Arrieta (2-1, 4.94) has lasted six innings and allowed three runs or less in four of his five appearances this year, including Sunday's 6-3, 11-inning loss to the Yankees in which he gave up three runs and five hits and struck out a career-high nine.

The right-hander surrendered four runs and seven hits over four innings of his only career start against the White Sox, an 8-0 loss at U.S. Cellular Field on Aug. 26.

Rios, who homered in that game, has gone deep 16 times against the Orioles over his career - his highest total versus any club. His status for Friday, though, is unknown.

Adam Jones, Baltimore's leader with five home runs, has one hit in 15 at-bats against Danks while Vladimir Guerrero, a career .319 hitter, is 4 for 21 (.190).

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Jose Abreu homers twice as White Sox beat Tigers for sixth straight win

Jose Abreu homers twice as White Sox beat Tigers for sixth straight win

DETROIT — Melky Cabrera led off the 10th inning with a solo homer off Justin Wilson, and Avisail Garcia added an RBI triple, lifting the White Sox to a 6-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.

Jose Abreu homered twice in his return to the lineup.

The White Sox held onto a two-run lead in the 10th with David Robinson making the most of a chance to pitch a second inning after losing a two-run advantage in the ninth.

Wilson hadn't allowed a hit or a run in his first 11 appearances this season until Cabrera hit his first homer of the season.

Abreu, who played for the first time since leaving a game Wednesday with a hip injury, hit solo home runs to give the White Sox two-run leads in the third and eighth innings as he cleared the fences for the first time this season.

Late runs push White Sox past Tigers as winning streak hits five

Late runs push White Sox past Tigers as winning streak hits five

DETROIT — Geovany Soto broke open a tie game with a two-run single in the eighth inning, helping the White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Friday night at Comerica Park.

Anthony Swarzak pitched two scoreless innings for the White Sox, who won their fifth straight.

Tigers reliever Alex Wilson allowed two hits and two unearned runs in the eighth. Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos committed two errors in the inning, and three in the game, leading to Soto's go-ahead hit.

Former Tigers pitcher Mike Pelfrey started for the White Sox and went 4 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits. He walked four and struck out two.

Detroit got to Pelfrey early, jumping out to a 2-0 first-inning lead on Justin Upton's bases loaded, two-run single. The Tigers loaded the bases again that inning, but Jim Adduci grounded into a double play to end the threat.

The White Sox answered in the top of the second, getting back-to-back home runs from Todd Frazier and Avisail Garcia off Detroit starter Matt Boyd to tie the score at 2.

The White Sox took a 3-2 advantage in the third on Garcia's RBI single, and the Tigers tied it on Victor Martinez's RBI single in the fifth.

Melky Cabrera began the top of the eighth with a single, and Frazier reached base on Castellanos' first error of the inning. Garcia followed with a hard hit ball to third, which Castellanos could not handle, loading the bases.

After Wilson induced a double play, with the runner being forced out at home, Yolmer Sanchez received an intention walk to reload the bases. Soto then delivered the big hit.

Tim Anderson added a two-run homer in the ninth to extend the lead to 7-3.

Boyd pitched seven innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits. He stuck out five and walked two.