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August 21, 2013

Danks, Sox scratch out 2-0 win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — John Danks wasn’t about to blame anyone for his own misfortune. He went eight straight starts without a victory for the Chicago White Sox simply because he didn’t perform.

He finally did Tuesday night in Kansas City.

Danks shut down the Royals’ scuffling offense over eight innings, and the White Sox managed to squeak out just enough support for a 2-0 victory in the opener of their three-game series.

“You can look at each game and pick out an at-bat or a certain pitch where I didn’t do myself any favors. Fortunately, I was able to stay away from that today,” said Danks, whose last win came against the Orioles on July 2. “I felt like I was giving myself the best chance to win tonight.”

Hard to give your team a better chance than by blanking your opponent.

Danks (3-10) ended his exasperating winless streak by scattering seven hits and a walk. That the veteran left-hander’s finest start of the year came against the Royals wasn’t much of a surprise, either: Danks improved to 5-0 against them in 13 career starts.

“There were a lot of guys swinging early, but he was throwing strikes,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “For him to go eight against a lineup like this that’s been tough on us is pretty good.”

White Sox closer Addison Reed worked around a leadoff single in the ninth for his 32nd save. It wrapped up the fourth straight win for the last-place White Sox, and their first shutout victory since beating the Los Angeles Angels 3-0 on May 17.

“Hopefully this will get us on a little streak to finish the season on a high,” Danks said.

Gordon Beckham homered off Santana (8-7) in the first inning for the only earned run. The other run for the White Sox came in the second, when Paul Konerko trotted home from third on a passed ball that curiously disappeared in the padding behind home plate.

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