Danks Does It Again, Sox Even Series With Diamondbacks

Liner off head doesn't stop Danks from winning third straight.

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Konerko and Rios Go Long, Lillibridge Robs Another Homer As Sox End Skid

The first two months of the season John Danks gave White Sox fans many headaches starting the season going 0-8. Once the calendar turned to June, Danks has been fantastic and not even a line drive off the head could knock him out of the game as the Sox evened up the series Saturday at a game a piece.

In the bottom of the fourth, Stephen Drew hit a liner right off the back of Danks’ head that went near the Diamondbacks dugout and resulted in a ground rule double for Drew. The play looked a lot scarier then it actually was as Danks remained in the game and pitched seven strong innings to earn his third win in a row. The lefty gave up only two runs (one earned) on seven hits to go with seven strikeouts.

Zach Duke took the loss for Arizona. Duke (1-2) went five and a third allowing three runs on seven hits.

The key play of the game was a homerun robbing catch by Brent Lillibridge. Melvin Mora hit a ball that looked like it was destined for the seats and would have given the Diamondbacks the lead. Lillibridge had other ideas as he was able to leap against the wall and bring it back in resulting in only a double. Danks retired the next two batters to keep the Sox up by a run.

Alex Rios gave the Sox some breathing room with a three run homer in the eighth innings to put the Sox up by four. Paul Konerko also went yard as part of his three hit night. Konerko is as hot as anyone hitting .446 in the last 17 games.

The Sox and Diamondbacks will meet again Sunday in the third and final game of the series.

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White Sox Looking To End Skid

The Sox enter Saturday's game against the Diamondbacks looking to end a three game losing streak. After a successful homestand, the Sox have gone 0-3 on their current road trip and have scored just two runs total in those three games. Where has the offense gone?  The pitching continues to be great, but two runs in three games isn't going to get things done.

John Danks will look to win his third start in a row when he gets the start on Saturday. Danks started the season losing all eight of his decisions in his 11 starts. Although winless he really didn't pitch that bad. In those 11 starts Danks allowed only five or more runs three times. The lefty has pitched great recently winning his last two starts improving his record to 2-8 on the season.

Zach Duke will start for the Diamondbacks in game two of the series. Duke has pitched well for Arizona with the exception of his last start against the Marlins in which he allowed seven runs. On the season, Duke is 1-1 with an ERA of 4.56. Saturday will be Duke's fifth appearance against the White Sox. In his previous four outings, Duke is 0-2 with an ERA of 5.61.

The forecast at the time of first pitch is temps in the 90's. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 CST. The game can be seen on WGN.

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