White Sox win in 11 in John Danks’ return to the mound
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org May 24, 2013 11:36PM
Chicago White Sox starter John Danks throws against the Miami Marlins during the first inning of an interleague baseball game, Friday, May 24, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Updated: May 25, 2013 1:24AM
White Sox pitcher Chris Sale knew his team couldn’t lose Friday no matter the score, all because lefty John Danks was returning to the mound.
‘‘Regardless of how it goes, it’s a win either way,’’ Sale said. ‘‘Having him go back out there and jump on that horse, it’s going to be fun to watch. I think he’s going to be great.’’
Danks was great. In his first game in more than a year, he worked six innings, allowing three runs and four hits in the White Sox’ 4-3 victory against the Miami Marlins in 11 innings.
Tyler Greene scored the winning run on Jeff Keppinger’s single. Greene ran for Paul Konerko, who singled with one out.
The victory went to Nate Jones (1-4), who finished the 11th.
Danks earned a quality start in his first major-league outing since May 19, 201. He underwent shoulder surgery in August.
Danks threw 76 pitches, struck out five and walked none. He allowed a two-run home run to Derek Dietrich in the fourth. The only other run he allowed came in the seventh, when the last batter he faced, Marcell Ozuna, doubled and eventually scored.
The Sox tied the score with two runs in the fifth. They gave Danks the lead in the sixth, when Konerko singled home Alex Rios, who singled to extend his hitting streak to 18 games.
‘‘He’s one of the best in the business,’’ Sale said of Danks. ‘‘You don’t come across people like him very often, especially the situation he’s in and kind of what he is, a very down-to-earth, great guy and one of my best friends.’’