White Sox 5, Rangers 2
Almost as soon as they started swinging a bat and throwing a
ball, Jordan and John Danks started dreaming of games like this
Jordan Danks became the first major leaguer in nearly six
decades to back his brother with a homer, connecting after he
replaced the injured Avisail Garcia, and the Chicago White Sox beat
the Texas Rangers 5-2 on Sunday for their eighth win in nine
”We’ve played together probably since we were 5-years old,”
Jordan Danks said. ”That was the goal to one day play together in
the big leagues and here we are. And I thought how cool it would be
to hit a home run one day when he was pitching and sure enough it
happened. It was very cool.”
John Danks (4-10) outpitched Matt Garza (3-2), allowing two runs
over six innings for his second straight win, and the White Sox
took two of three from the AL West leaders. Josh Phegley went deep
after hitting the winning single in the ninth inning the previous
The recent run comes during an otherwise miserable season for
Chicago. Seeing the promising Garcia slowly walking off the field
prompted a few groans throughout the stadium.
Garcia crashed into the right-field fence while chasing a tying
two-run homer by Jeff Baker that barely cleared the wall in the
Acquired from Detroit in last month’s three-team deal that sent
Jake Peavy to Boston, Garcia banged his head and shoulder. He
stayed down for a few moments and was tended to by a trainer and
manager Robin Ventura before walking gingerly off the field.
”It was more probably dehydration,” Ventura said.
Jordan Danks replaced Garcia and gave the White Sox the lead
with a solo drive to right in the bottom half. According to
information supplied to the White Sox by the Elias Sports Bureau,
it was the first time a player has supported his brother with a
homer since the Kansas City Athletics’ Billy Shantz did it for
Bobby Shantz on June 3, 1955.
”We usually joke about it. He’ll come up to me and ask if I’ve
done anymore `brother’ interviews,” John Danks. ”It’s something
that we don’t take for granted. We know how special it is that we
get to play together.”
Third baseman Jeff Keppinger preserved the lead in the fifth
when he lunged to snag Adrian Beltre’s liner and stepped on the bag
with runners on the corners to end the threat.
Adam Dunn made it 4-2 in the sixth with an RBI single after
Alexei Ramirez doubled, and Phegley bumped the lead to three with
his drive in the seventh after Matt Lindstrom escaped a
Lindstrom got Beltre to hit into a double play after Ramirez
booted Ian Kinsler’s grounder to shortstop for his career-high 21st
”We had many chances, especially myself. I think this one’s on
me,” Beltre said.
Nate Jones pitched a pitched a scoreless eighth and Addison Reed
finished for his 35th save in 40 chances.
After pitching eight scoreless innings against Kansas City last
week, John Danks gave up eight hits and struck out five while
walking one against a potent Texas lineup.
Garza had another shaky outing for the Rangers, allowing five
runs – four earned – and seven hits over seven innings. He’s
allowed at least four runs in five straight starts.
”I just felt a little out of sync, like I was trying to do too
much,” he said. ”You get ahead of yourself and sometimes you’ve
just got to take a step back to put the whole thing in.”
NOTES: The Rangers held OF Leonys Martin out of the lineup after
he sprained his right ankle the previous night. He was injured in a
collision with left fielder David Murphy chasing Paul Konerko’s fly
to center and left that game, but he was optimistic he would be
able to play Monday at Seattle. … Rangers manager Ron Washington
said RHP Yu Darvish was fine after experiencing cramps in his
calves during the seventh inning the previous night. Washington
attributed the symptoms to dehydration. … Garcia struck out in
his lone at-bat, bringing his 11-game hitting streak to an end. …
White Sox bench coach Mark Parent was ejected during the pregame
lineup exchange by crew chief and second base umpire Jerry Layne.
Ventura said there was a lingering issue from Saturday. … The
White Sox open a three-game series against Houston on Monday, with
RHP Andre Rienzo (1-0, 3.56 ERA) starting for Chicago against LHP
Brett Oberholtzer (3-1, 2.91 ERA). The Rangers are at Seattle, with
LHP Travis Blackley (1-1, 4.85 ERA) going against Mariners LHP Joe
Saunders (10-12, 4.91 ERA).