John Danks strong as White Sox slip past Dodgers 2-1
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter June 5, 2014 12:36AM
Chicago White Sox Adam Dunn follows through to watch his solo home run in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
LOS ANGELES — Leury Garcia hit the first home run of his career, Adam Dunn hit the 449th of his and John Danks pitched 7 1/3 innings of two-hit ball as the White Sox topped the Dodgers 2-1 on Wednesday to move three games behind the first-place Tigers in the American League Central.
Danks allowed hits to the first and last batters he faced — a bunt single to Dee Gordon in the first inning and a slap single off Garcia’s glove near the bag at third that went for a double. Danks struck out five, walked three, hit two batters and was charged with one run when Gordon scored on Hanley Ramirez’s fielder’s choice in the eighth.
Danks (4-4, 4.32 ERA) matched his win total of last season. He has allowed three earned runs over his last three starts, covering 22 1/3 innings, with one win to show for it.
Garcia homered leading off the third against Josh Beckett (3-3), and Dunn led off the fourth with a homer that tied him with Jeff Bagwell and Vladimir Guerrero for 36th on the all-time list.
Manager Robin Ventura was ejected in the eighth after arguing balls and strikes with plate umpire Kerwin Danley. It was the ninth ejection of Ventura’s career.
Zach Putnam and Scott Downs recorded one out each in the eighth, and Ronald Belisario pitched his second perfect inning in the ninth for his second save in as many nights against his former team.
The Sox are off Thursday before going to Anaheim to play the Angels this weekend.
The Sox out-hit the Dodgers 9-2.