By Dan Levin
BALTIMORE — White Sox starter John Danks made his 20th start of the 2013 season Friday night. He went 5 1/3 innings and gave up four earned runs. While not his best outing of the year, Danks got zero run support for the third time this season.
The White Sox couldn't do much on offense as the Orioles scored a 4-0 victory, but once again, they just weren't able to give Danks much help. It's become an all-too-common problem this year.
In 11 of his 20 starts this year, the White Sox have scored two runs or fewer and have only scored five or more runs one time.
“It seems like it’s been tough to score runs no matter who’s out there for us,” third basemen Jeff Keppinger said. “We obviously haven’t been very good offensively this year and that shows.”
Coming into Friday night's game, Danks was only getting 3.32 runs per game in support, the worst average of his career and the fifth lowest in the major leagues.
Danks does have 12 quality starts for the Sox since making his season debut on May 24, the second most on the team in that span, but he has struggled giving up home runs, adding another three solo shots on Friday for a season total of 26.
“The solo homers, they do add up,” manager Robin Ventura said. “From where he started out (this year) he’s come a long way. This one's a little different from the last few. He’s given up homers early then started getting into a pretty good groove.”
The shutout loss to the Orioles on Friday night marked eight straight losses for the White Sox, who have scored just 2.8 runs per game during the losing streak.
“We’ve had our ups and downs all season. Seems like we were playing good there for a little while, and then we got on this road trip and we haven’t been able to scratch a win,” Keppinger said. “We’re just going to go out there and keep battling and keep trying to play good games, and hopefully we can come out on top.”