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Jordan Danks stays hot, leads White Sox past Astros

White Sox center fielder Jordan Danks had another big night Tuesday, finishing with a career-high three hits to extend his hitting streak to nine games in the Sox’ 4-3 victory against the Houston Astros.

Manager Robin Ventura said Danks’ exceptional play at the plate has earned him more at-bats.

“He’s been up and down for the last two years,” Ventura said. “But right now it’s a good run for him since he’s come back up. Even from spring training last year, you haven’t seen him swing it this good.”

The Sox trailed 3-1 in the eighth when first baseman Paul Konerko cut the deficit in half with a two-out single that scored Jeff Keppinger. Right fielder Avisail Garcia followed with a single to load the bases.

Then Danks singled off left-hander Erik Bedard (3-10), driving in Alexei Ramirez and Gordon Beckham to put the Sox ahead.

“I’m feeling good at the plate,” Danks said. “I was really happy that Robin let me stay in at the end there. It was a lefty going, and I don’t usually get to face guys like that.”

Jose Quintana avoided the loss and came away with his 16th no-decision, the most in the majors. Quintana said the number frustrates him, but his main goal is to put the team in position to win.

“The key for me is that those aren’t things I can control,” Quintana said. “Just give the team the opportunity to win, and that’s it.”

Quintana gave up three runs and eight hits, walked three and struck out eight in 7 2/3 innings.

“He’s a good pitcher, and he’s always kept us in games,” Ventura said. “He’s had a lot of no-decisions, but he deserves a lot better than that the way he has pitched.”

The Sox are a major-league best 9-2 since Aug 16. Konerko said playing well at the end of the season gives the team a sense of validation.

“We get the validation of a win that shows your hard work is going in the right direction,” he said. “I know we’re out of the standings, but it’s all we have. We have to play a game amongst ourselves and see how good we can be in the last month here.”

“This is how we know how to play,” Danks said. “It sucks we haven’t been doing it the whole year, but we know it’s how we can play.”

In the fourth, shortstop Alexei Ramirez recorded his 26th stolen base of the season, a career high, moving him into eighth place in the American League. He came around to score to tie it at 1-1.


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