Offensive eruption aids John Danks in White Sox win

Offensive eruption aids John Danks in White Sox win
July 25, 2014, 10:00 pm
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By Nate Gotlieb

The White Sox pounded home runs, hit shallow singles and beat out dribblers near home plate Friday night at Target Field en route to their second-consecutive victory over Minnesota.

Jose Abreu led Chicago with an early three-run home run, and John Danks pitched seven innings as the White Sox defeated the Twins 9-5.

Alexei Ramirez scored three runs and Dayan Viciedo added four hits for the White Sox (50-54), who benefitted from several quirky hits.

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“We were hitting chalk lines and dribblers out in front. You don’t see that very often, just that kind of stuff happening,” manager Robin Ventura said. “I think tonight was one of those nights that, you know, most everybody’s feeling pretty good tonight offensively.”

For Abreu, the estimated 427-foot, first-inning home run was his 30th of the season and his first in his past eight games. It extended his hitting streak to 15 games.

Ramirez added a line drive solo home run in the third and walked and scored in the fourth on an Adam Dunn bloop single. Dunn scored on Viciedo’s bloop single to right field in the next at bat.

Viciedo and catcher Tyler Flowers later scored for the White Sox, whose nine runs were their most since May 9.

Danks (9-6) allowed four runs on six hits while striking out six. At one point, he retired 12 consecutive batters.

“He was really good with getting ahead with a strike and, you know, making them putting in play,” Ventura said.

Danks credited his offense for taking the pressure off him and his defense for making plays.

“I felt like I had pretty good command of all pitches, and I was able to get ahead and stay ahead,” he said. “I really just tried to stay ahead and throw strikes, make them put the ball in play and let these guys work behind me.”

Danks’ effective outing came after arguably his worst start of the year July 20 against Houston. That day, Danks allowed 12 hits and seven earned runs in a season-low 4.1 innings.

The 29-year-old has been mentioned in trade rumors but said after the game that he hasn’t gotten caught up in them.

“I’ve heard some things about the rumors and stuff out there,” he said. “But, you know, kind of what I go by is worrying about what I can control. I have no control over that. I am going to be in Chicago hopefully my whole career, but if something happens, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”

Twins starter Kevin Correia (5-13) lasted four innings and allowed six earned runs. Minnesota scored twice in the sixth inning on an RBI single from Chris Colabello. Oswaldo Arcia and Josh Willingham added late solo home runs for the Twins, who are 2-6 since the All-Star break.