White Sox 2, Royals 1(11)

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

chance.

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

hit.”

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

Stadium.

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

opportunities.

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

tough.”

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

line.

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.