John Danks pitched six strong innings to lead
the White Sox to a 6-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in the finale
of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field.
Danks (5-9) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before losing the bid on a
single by Billy Butler. He gave up two runs on four hits while fanning six and
issuing four walks. Will Ohman worked a scoreless ninth to seal the win for
"I knew I had it going from the third inning on," Danks said of his chance for
a no-hitter. "I knew I had a long way to go though."
Brent Lillibridge clubbed a three-run homer, while Carlos Quentin picked up a
pair of RBI and Paul Konerko reached base five times for the Sox, winners in
eight of their last 10 games.
Mitch Maier ripped a two-run single, while Jeff Francoeur and Melky Cabrera
had doubles for the Royals, who have dropped eight of their last 10.
Jeff Francis (4-13) was tagged with the loss after lasting only 3 2/3 innings
and giving up six runs on 10 hits while walking a pair and striking out one.
"I didn't really have very sharp command," Francis said of his rough outing.
"When you fall behind guys and don't have good command, you're kind of forced
to come in the zone and they took some good rips."
The White Sox opened the scoring in the first inning. Alexei Ramirez was
plunked by Francis with one out, went to third on a single by Konerko and
scored on a base hit to left by Quentin. Following an Alex Rios line-out,
Lillibridge cracked his 10th home run of the season into the seats in left to
make it 4-0.
"To be able to get one over the fence was huge," Lillibridge said. "It was a
big one early, it put us up 4-0 and I knew that was going to be enough for
Chicago added a pair of runs in the fourth, extending its lead to 6-0. Juan
Pierre and Ramirez laced back-to-back singles and Konerko walked to load the
bases with no outs. Pierre trotted home on a sacrifice fly by Quentin and
Ramirez scored on a sacrifice fly by Rios.
After Butler broke up Danks' no-hit bid with a single down the first base
line, which took a bad hop over the glove of Lillibridge, Francouer ripped a
double down the left field line to give the Royals runners on second and third
with two outs. Mairer came through by poking a two-run single up the middle to
cut the Chicago lead to 6-2.
Royals reliever Nathan Adcock got Ramirez to pop out to begin the home sixth,
but then walked the next three hitters to load the bases. He recovered and got
Lillibridge to ground into a 5-3 double play to deny the White Sox a big inning.
Kansas City threatened in the seventh, putting runners on second and third
with two down against the Sox reliever Jason Frasor. But Frasor fanned Butler to
end the inning.
Chicago reached .500 (60-60) for the first time since July 29, when they
were 52-52...Lillibridge's home run was his first against the Royals...Despite
the win on Sunday, Chicago is an American League-worst 26-33 at home this
season...Francouer smacked his 34th double of the season...Kansas City leads
the season series with the White Sox by a 6-5 count.