Tuesday’s result: Sox 5, Orioles 2
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org July 2, 2013 9:40PM
Chicago White Sox's Adam Dunn watches his two-run home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, July 2, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)
Updated: July 2, 2013 10:33PM
John Danks pitched seven strong innings, Adam Dunn and Conor Gillaspie each homered, and the White Sox halted a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
Danks (2-5, 4.38 ERA), who gave up two runs over seven innings, made his second straight strong start and won for first time in his last four.
“I think he’s gotten stronger each time out,’’ Ventura said. “It’s nice to see.’’
Dunn, who has 428 career homers, passed Mike Piazza for 45th on the all-time list. Dunn (.199) is batting .315 with nine homers and 23 RBI over his last 21 games.
“He’s swinging it good,’’ Ventura said. “Even when he’s out, he’s hitting it hard. He’s going to walk, he’s going to strike out, but the hard contact is probably the best thing. This is a good stretch for him.’’
Gordon Beckham had three hits, including an RBI single. Beckham is 10-for-26 (.385) with two dobles, three RBI and three runs scored on the Sox current homestand.
The Sox (33-47) played an errorless and relatively mistake-free game, the kind that have been few and far between in the first half of this season. All they can do is try and do it again Wednesday night.
“Show up tomorrow and try to win tomorrow,’’ Beckham said. “See what happens. Ten-game winning streaks have happened before, so we’ll continue to show up and do the work and hopefully we’ll get on a roll here.”
Danks has walked only five this season over 49 1/3 innings. He issued one walk Tuesday.
“I think I’ve had games before when I’ve walked more than five,’’ said Danks, who is still climbing back from shoulder surgery last August. “I don’t have an answer for it other than my goal going into each game is not to beat myself.
“I’ve never had command like I’ve had so far. Knowing I have to stay within myself, knowing I can’t reach back is making me focus a lot more on location rather than stuff.’’