White Sox 2, Royals 1(11)

Jordan Danks just had to wait a short while for a second

The backup outfielder atoned for his baserunning blunder in the
ninth inning by hitting a solo home run in the 11th that lifted the
Chicago White Sox over the Kansas City Royals 2-1 Monday.

”I knew that was going to be my shot to do something,” Danks
said. ”I wasn’t trying to do too much. But you got a guy throwing
97, 98 (mph), he’s going to provide most of the power. Like coaches
have been telling you since Little League, get something good to

Danks connected with two outs off Kelvin Herrera (2-3) for his
first homer of the season. The White Sox avoided a three-game sweep
and won for only the fifth time in 18 tries in Kauffman

Danks entered in the ninth as a pinch-runner. Moments later, he
got caught in a rundown between third and home after Alexei Ramirez
hit a tying, bases-loaded infield single with two outs.

”It makes it a little bit better, yeah,” Danks said with a
grin. ”I told them I did it on purpose so I could come up and hit
a homer.”

Chicago starter Chris Sale, who spent most of the day matching
James Shields pitch for pitch, said the dugout ”went nuts” when
Danks homered.

”That’s always fun to watch,” Sale said. ”Emotions are high.
You’re tense. Someone goes up and does that, it’s fun.”

The White Sox trailed 1-0 before loading the bases with no outs
in the ninth. After Paul Konerko grounded into a home-to-first
double play, Danks entered as a pinch-runner at second base for
Adam Dunn.

Conor Gillaspie was intentionally walked to load the bases.
Ramirez followed with an infield single up the middle that made it
1-all, but Danks was tagged out on the play, ending the rally.

”He got caught in no man’s land,” White Sox manager Robin
Ventura said. ”Even in the dugout, you’re thinking about trying to
send him. It’s too late to tell him to stop. That wasn’t his fault.
That’s on us. That’s just an aggressive play. I’d rather be like
that than not be aggressive.”

Jesse Crain (1-1) pitched one scoreless inning for the win.
Addison Reed worked the 11th for his 11th save in 12

Shields threw eight shutout innings and handed a 1-0 lead to
Greg Holland starting the ninth.

Royals manager Ned Yost said he was not tempted to let Shields
work the ninth.

”Everybody has their job to do and Shields had done his,” Yost
said. ”He threw eight shutout innings. It was a one-run game. The
runs make all the difference. If it was a two-run or a three-run
lead, yeah. But in a one-run game, (if) you send him out he’s
either going to win it or lose it. You let the closer go out and
try to do his job.”

Shields, who lost to Sale 1-0 on opening day in Chicago, allowed
two hits and struck out a season-best nine. He walked two.

”I felt good out there,” Shields said. ”I felt like I had all
my pitches working. I struggled early in the game getting ahead of
hitters, and I gave up a couple of walks. But for the most part it
was a tough battle. When you’re facing Sale, it’s going to be

Sale was almost as sharp, going 7 1-3 innings and allowing one
run on six hits, with five strikeouts and no walks.

”I kind of fell into a groove,” Sale said. ”Sweeps will kill
you. James Shields was awesome, actually. But to keep our heads in
the game and grind it out, it says a lot about who we are.”

Alex Gordon hit a leadoff single in the first for Kansas City
and scored when Billy Butler lined a double down the left-field

After Gordon’s two-out single in the third, Sale retired 15
straight batters until Salvador Perez doubled into the gap with two
out in the seventh.

NOTES: The White Sox announced that RHP Gavin Floyd will undergo
season-ending surgery in New York on Tuesday. … RHP Jake Peavy,
who missed his last two scheduled starts with back spasms, is set
to start for Chicago on Wednesday against the New York Mets. …
This was the makeup for the game that was postponed the previous
Friday because of freezing rain. … Sale threw 34 pitches in the
first inning, including 12 to Mike Moustakas before he popped out
on a 3-2 offering. … 3B Gillaspie made an outstanding play on a
hard-hit grounder by Alcides Escobar to end the fifth. … The
White Sox are in the midst of playing 15 of 18 away from U.S.
Cellular Field. … With one out in the 10th, Dewayne Wise singled
but was cut down by Royals RF Jeff Francoeur when he overslid the
bag at second. With one out in the 11th, Alex Rios singled but was
caught trying to steal second.