Danks struggles in Chicago’s 7-2 loss to Red Sox

John Danks expected a good outing from former teammate Jake

Peavy. He got a weak effort from himself.

Peavy pitched seven strong innings against his former team,

Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and the Boston Red Sox beat the

Chicago White Sox 7-2 on Saturday night for their sixth win in

seven games.

”I knew I had to be good and simply wasn’t,” Danks said.

”Jake did what he has to do with a lead.”

Coming off a pair of strong starts, Danks gave up six runs, five

earned, and 11 hits over five innings. He had won his previous two

starts, allowing only two runs in 14 innings.

”Just command within the strikezone,” he said. ”The problem

wasn’t throwing strikes. When I would get ahead, I wasn’t able to

put guys away. Whenever they got a pitch to hit, they hit it.

That’s what good teams do. There’s not really much let up in this

lineup.”

Ellsbury also scored twice and drove in a run for the AL East

leaders. David Ortiz, who snapped an 0-for-23 stretch with a

two-run single in Friday’s win, went 2 for 4 with a walk and an RBI

in Boston’s 15-hit attack.

”It’s a tough park to have that,” Chicago manager Robin

Ventura said of Danks’ struggles.

Acquired in a three-team, seven-player deal on July 30 that sent

Boston infielder Jose Iglesias to Detroit, Peavy spent four seasons

with the White Sox. The 32-year old right-hander went 36-29 after

being picked up in a trade from San Diego on July 31, 2009.

”It wasn’t a big deal we’re all used to guys being traded. We

all know a lot of guys,” he said. ”I just made some pitches when

I had to. I pieced together a game-plan.”

Chicago, last in the AL Central, had won 10 of 12 before

dropping the first two of a three-game series against Boston.

Peavy (11-5) allowed two runs and five singles in his sixth

start for the Red Sox. He struck out four and walked one while

throwing 109 pitches.

Boston broke open a tie game with three runs in the fourth

against Danks (4-11), and then scored again in the fifth.

Ellsbury’s tiebreaking ground-rule double gave the Red Sox a 3-2

lead. Dustin Pedroia then drove in run with a groundout before

Ortiz lined an RBI single to left.

Rookie Xander Bogaerts, regarded as one of the top prospects in

baseball, added an RBI single in the fifth that made it 6-2.

The Red Sox had grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first on Mike Napoli’s

RBI single. Chicago tied it on Alejandro De Aza’s run-scoring

groundout.

Jonny Gomes doubled home a run in the third, but the White Sox

tied it again on Avisail Garcia’s RBI single.

NOTES: The Red Sox announced a minor trade with Philadelphia

during the game, acquiring utility INF John McDonald and cash for

Single-A RHP Nefi Ogando. The 38-year old McDonald, a 15-year

veteran, played for Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and the Phillies this

season, hitting .098 in 45 games. … Boston manager John Farrell

said the club expects to call up three or four players when the

rosters expand Sunday. … White Sox 3B Conor Gillaspie made a

diving catch of David Ross’ liner. … Hall of Famer and former Red

Sox and White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk was at the game. … Felix

Doubront (10-6, 3.74 ERA) faces Chicago’s Andre Rienzo (1-0, 4.21

ERA) in the series finale Sunday. … Chicago’s Adam Dunn is 5 for

his last 46. … Boston finished August 16-12 and Chicago went

16-13.