Alex Rios hit 3-run homer to give White Sox 6-2 win over Arizona
ASSOCIATED PRESS June 18, 2011 10:20PM
Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, (left) is congratulated by third base coach Jeff Cox after hitting a sixth-inning home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during a baseball game Saturday in Phoenix. | AP Photo/Rick Scuteri
Updated: June 20, 2011 11:24AM
PHOENIX (AP) — John Danks came up smiling after taking a line drive to the head and pitched the Chicago White Sox to a 6-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.
Paul Konerko went 3 for 4 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored as the White Sox squared the three-game interleague series at one apiece. Alex Rios, who had four RBIs, blew open a close game with a three-run homer off reliever Micah Owings in the eighth inning.
In the fourth, Stephen Drew’s line drive careened off the side of Danks’ head and bounced into the photographer’s well adjacent to the Diamondbacks’ dugout for a ground-rule double. The White Sox pitcher bounced to his feet smiling and assured everyone he was all right. He took a few practice pitches, then stayed in the game to the cheers of the crowd.
Danks (3-8) won his third straight after starting the season 0-8. Zach Duke (1-2) took the loss.
Danks, who has allowed two earned runs in 22 innings in his last three starts, gave up two runs, one earned, on seven hits through seven innings. He struck out seven with no walks.
Konerko homered for the second game in a row and is batting .446 (29 for 65) in the last 17 games. His home run Saturday moved him ahead of Carlos Delgado for third-most in interleague play with 51.
Alexei Ramirez also had three hits, including a double, for the White Sox, who had scored two runs in their previous three games, all losses.
Konerko broke a 2-2 tie with one out in the sixth, sending Duke’s 0-1 pitch into the left field seats for his 54th RBI to make it 3-2.
Drew’s double off Danks’ head put runners on second and third with no outs, the only serious trouble the Chicago left-hander experienced. Willie Bloomquist, who singled ahead of Drew, came home on Danks’ wild pitch. Drew scored on Justin Upton’s sacrifice fly to tie it at 2-2,
Chicago got one in the second and another in the third.
Konerko led off the second with a single, then moved to third on Ramirez’s double. Konerko came home on Rios’ ground out. In the third, Brent Morel doubled and took third when Carlos Quentin flied out. Konerko followed with an RBI single and the White Sox led 2-0.
The Diamondbacks had runners on second and third with one in the seventh out after Xavier Nady beat out an infield single and Melvin Mora doubled off the glove of a leaping Brent Lillibridge at the left field wall. But Danks got Henry Blanco to pop out and struck out Owings on three pitches.
Duke allowed three runs on five hits in 5 1-3 innings.
NOTES: After Sunday’s series finale, the Diamondbacks play 16 of 19 on the road leading up to the All-Star Game, to be played Aug. 12 at Chase Field. ... Konerko (54) and Quentin (47) account for 101 of Chicago’s 283 RBIs. ... SS Drew’s 11 assists in Friday night’s 4-1 Arizona victory were the most in the majors since Pittsburgh 2B Ramon Vazquez had 11 against Houston on July 7, 2009. ... The White Sox have won 14 of their last 17 interleague games. ... Konerko is 17 home runs shy of 400.