Rapid Reaction: White Sox 6, Royals 2


CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox won for the eighth time in their last 10 games with a 6-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday and moved to four games behind first-place Detroit.

How it happened: Brent Lillibridge's three-run home run gave the White Sox a four-run first inning and they went on to a comfortable victory. John Danks carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before giving up two runs. Danks improved to 5-1 over his last nine starts after starting 0-8 over his first 11. Paul Konerko, who remains hobbled after getting hit by a pitch on his left knee July 31, had three more hits and reached base five times.

What it means: If the White Sox can keep on winning series it will go a long way toward getting over the hump in the AL Central. By beating the Royals on Sunday, the White Sox have now won their last three series as a big test looms against the Indians starting Tuesday at home. The White Sox still have 10 games remaining against Cleveland and six against Detroit.

Outside the box: Sunday was just the fifth time in 20 starts that Danks received four or more runs of support. He entered Sunday with an average of 3.32 runs of support per game, sixth lowest in the American League and 11th lowest in baseball.

Up next: After an off day Monday, the White Sox open a three-game series against the Indians. White Sox right-hander Gavin Floyd (10-10, 4.53) will take on Indians right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (1-0, 3.6) in Tuesday’s opener at 7:10 p.m. at U.S. Cellular Field.