Danks leads White Sox over Royals 6-3
Saturday, September 24, 2011
CHICAGO (AP) — Alex Rios and Brent Morel homered to back John Danks and lead the White Sox over the Kansas City Royals 6-3 Saturday night, stopping Chicago's five-game home losing streak.
Danks (8-12) improved to 5-0 in 12 starts against the Royals, allowing three runs and six hits in 7 1-3 innings. He retired his first 14 batters before Salvador Perez's fifth-inning single.
Rios had three hits, including a a two-run homer in the second and a leadoff triple in the eighth. Morel's homer was his 10th of the season, including eight in September.
While Chicago won for just the fourth time in 14 games, the Royals lost for the third time in their last 12. At 77-81, the White Sox need to win their remaining games to avoid their third losing season in eight years under manager Ozzie Guillen.
Chicago's Adam Dunn went 0 for 3 with a walk, leaving him with a .162 batting average. He has 485 plate appearances and needs 17 in the team's last four games to become an official qualifier. The post-1900 record for lowest batting average by a qualifier is .179 by Detroit's Rob Deer in 1991, according to STATS LLC.
Everett Teaford (3-0) allowed five runs and six hits in five innings after giving up one run in 11 innings during his first two major league starts.
Melky Cabrera had a two-run double and two hits, reaching 199 for the season.
Teaford walked three in the four-run second, when Rios homered, Juan Pierre walked with the bases full and Alexei Ramirez hit a sacrifice fly.
Morel homered leading off the fourth. His second-inning walk was his 15th of September — he had just seven this year before then.
Cabrera's 44th double of the season drove in two runs in the sixth, and Hosmer's RBI single cut the deficit to 5-3.
NOTES: Alex Gordon was back with the Royals after spending Friday's game at the team's hotel because of flu-like symptoms. He was expected to play on Sunday. ... Gavin Floyd will take the mound for the White Sox in Sunday's series finale, looking to improve upon his 3-7 mark against Kansas City. The Royals will counter with Luis Mendoza, who allowed one run in seven innings Tuesday in his first big league start of the season.
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