Chicago at Kansas City

Final 11th
Kansas City
W: J. Crain (1-1) L: K. Herrera (2-3) S: A. Reed (11)
HR: CHW - J. Danks (1)   KC - None

Danks' solo home run lifts White Sox over Royals in 11 wire reports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- 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.

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"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.


  • 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.
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Jordan Danks atones for a ninth-inning baserunning blunder by hitting a home run in the 11th to win it for the White Sox. (Getty Images)
Jordan Danks atones for a ninth-inning baserunning blunder by hitting a home run in the 11th to win it for the White Sox. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game

J. Danks
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
Kansas City

J. Shields
IP 8.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 2
K 9

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Chicago White Sox
Alejandro De Aza, LF5000013 .239
Jeff Keppinger, 2B4010002 .198
    Tyler Greene, PR-2B1000000 .280
Alex Rios, RF5120011 .261
Adam Dunn, DH3010110 .151
    Jordan Danks, PR-DH1111000 .231
Paul Konerko, 1B5000022 .225
Conor Gillaspie, 3B3010111 .291
Alexei Ramirez, SS4011022 .271
Tyler Flowers, C3000001 .184
Dewayne Wise, CF3020111 .282
HR - Jordan Danks (1, Herrera)
RBI - Jordan Danks (2), Alexei Ramirez (5)
2-OUT RBI - Jordan Danks (2), Alexei Ramirez (2)
CS - Alex Rios (3, 2nd base by Herrera/Perez)
PK - Dewayne Wise (1, Shields)
Team LOB - 6
DP - A. Ramirez-T. Greene-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
Chris Sale 7.1611050 3.42
Matt Lindstrom 0.2000010 4.15
Matt Thornton 1100000 2.70
Jesse Crain (W,1-1) 1000010 1.29
Addison Reed (S,11) 1000010 2.40
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Sale 119-80, Matt Lindstrom 4-4, Matt Thornton 12-8, Jesse Crain 18-12, Addison Reed 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Sale 11-6, Matt Thornton 2-0, Jesse Crain 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Sale 28, Matt Lindstrom 2, Matt Thornton 3, Jesse Crain 3, Addison Reed 3
Kansas City Royals
Alex Gordon, LF5120010 .306
Alcides Escobar, SS5000013 .282
Billy Butler, DH5011010 .264
Eric Hosmer, 1B4010021 .258
Lorenzo Cain, CF4010001 .337
Mike Moustakas, 3B4000013 .198
Jeff Francoeur, RF4000010 .243
Salvador Perez, C4020000 .290
Chris Getz, 2B4000012 .216
2B - Billy Butler (5, Sale), Salvador Perez (5, Sale)
RBI - Billy Butler (19)
Team LOB - 5
Outfield Assists - Jeff Francoeur 1
DP - Escobar-Getz-Hosmer, Holland-Perez-Hosmer
E - Jeff Francoeur (1, Dropped fly)
Kansas City Royals
James Shields 8200290 2.52
Greg Holland (BS,2) 1411100 3.75
Kelvin Herrera (L,2-3) 2311001 5.02
IBB - Gillaspie by Greg Holland
HBP - Flowers (by James Shields)
WP - James Shields (5)
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 102-64, Greg Holland 27-13, Kelvin Herrera 22-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 6-8, Greg Holland 1-0, Kelvin Herrera 4-0
Batters Faced - James Shields 28, Greg Holland 6, Kelvin Herrera 7
Game Information
Attendance - 15576
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 58
Umpires - Home - Victor Carapazza, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski