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Updated: September 27, 2013 6:29AM

For the White Sox, winning games isn’t about playing spoiler.

It’s just about winning.

‘‘We have to build on something,’’ said left-hander John Danks (4-10) after the Sox’ 5-2 victory Sunday over the Texas Rangers to take the weekend series. ‘‘We have [33] games left, and we’re going to try to win every one of them.

‘‘There’s nothing to do at this point but try to win. No one is packing it in. We’re playing hard, and we have a chance to be a spoiler. Unfortunately, that’s what it comes down to, but we’ll make the best of it.’’

The series victory comes after facing the Rangers’ best. The Sox won 3-2 Saturday even though Yu Darvish started, then beat ex-Cub Matt Garza (3-2).

‘‘I don’t know if it’s more special,’’ manager Robin Ventura said of beating Texas’ aces. ‘‘But you’re looking at a team that, again, you enjoy the wins a little bit more.

‘‘I think it starts to change the feeling that the team had. Having to beat their two aces, you know you have to pitch well and get some timely hitting, and that’s been happening.’’

Danks got a timely home run from brother Jordan in the fourth to break a 2-2 tie. It came after Jordan replaced Avisail Garcia, who hit the right-field fence hard going back for Jeff Baker’s two-run homer.

Ventura said Garcia was OK and was cleared after concussion tests.

‘‘I think it was more dehydration from last night,’’ Ventura said.

‘‘I was talking to my mother on the phone that if I can get into the game when John’s pitching, good things always happen,’’ Jordan Danks said. ‘‘The bat just seems to find the ball. Like I said, good things happen. That, and I don’t want him to yell at me.’’

Good things have been happening for the Sox since the trade deadline passed and even after the waiver trade of Alex Rios to the Rangers.

‘‘You have different people, and it morphs into something else,’’ Ventura said of winning five of the seven series since the trade deadline. ‘‘Garcia is in right. [Catcher Josh] Phegley [who homered Sunday] is playing on a more regular basis.

‘‘Anytime you’re putting different people in there, a different kind of a feeling happens, and they’re playing well. You’re scoring runs. You’re getting a hit when you need it. And guys are pitching well, so you’re looking at a team that just feels different.’’

It’s the team the Sox thought they would have when the season began.

‘‘We’re still playing hard,’’ said Adam Dunn, who went 1-for-4 with an RBI single. ‘‘We’re still trying to win every series that we can. We’re playing good, and we’re playing like we expected to play all year.

‘‘I think we had so much expectation that we put a lot of pressure on ourselves, which we should have. We just didn’t handle it the correct way. Since the trade deadline, everybody just figured, go out and play and try to have some fun.’’

Danks won back-to-back starts for the first time since September 2011 and went six innings for a career-high 12th straight start.

He had a string of 12 scoreless innings snapped by Baker’s home run.

Danks is 2-2 with a 2.90 ERA in his last six starts.

Addison Reed earned his 35th save and has an ERA of 0.64 in his last 12 appearances.


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