The Chicago White Sox lost 7-3 to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night in a match-up that was ultimately defined by its starting pitchers. The White Sox got a very shaky start from John Danks despite having him last seven innings, longer than Cleveland's Justin Masterson, who was far more effective.
Danks went seven innings for Chicago, but nine hits allowed, one walk and two throwing errors on his part led to seven runs. It's the second consecutive start that's seen Danks give up seven runs, pretty discouraging numbers from a pitcher that was given a $65 million contract extension this spring that lasts all the way through 2016.
Trailing 4-3 entering the seventh inning, Sox manager Robin Ventura went back to Danks for another inning thanks to a pretty low pitch total. The lefty couldn't get out of the inning unscathed, giving up a painful three-run homer to Jason Kipnis that would extend the lead to four runs.
In the ninth inning, the White Sox made things interesting with a two-run homer by Adam Dunn, his 7th of the season, but the Indians finished things off after bringing in closer Chris Perez.
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