Dodgers 4, White Sox 3
March, 26, 2012
By Associated Press
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dee Gordon gave the Chicago White Sox a taste of what the Los Angeles Dodgers hope will become familiar to National League opponents this season.
The Los Angeles leadoff man tied up a close game with his legs, then the Dodgers pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 4-3 win Monday.
The Dodgers trailed 3-2 when Gordon opened the sixth inning with a bunt single, stole second, continued to third on a throwing error by the catcher and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jerry Hairston Jr. Gordon has 10 steals this spring.
"He's done it two or three times this spring," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "He gets on, they throw it away, he scores on anything."
Jerry Sands hit an RBI single in the ninth to win it.
White Sox starter John Danks allowed two earned runs and five hits in seven innings.
Danks pitched four scoreless innings before giving up an RBI double to Ethier and a run-scoring single by Matt Treanor in the fifth.
Rick Scuteri/US PresswireWhite Sox starter John Danks went seven innings against the Dodgers on Monday.
Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley gave up 11 hits and three runs in 5 2-3 innings. He allowed nine hits in the first three innings, retired all six batters in the fourth and fifth and gave up two more hits before leaving in the sixth.
"Everything felt pretty good today," he said.
Early on, "I threw some decent pitches but they were just finding the holes," he said.
Said Mattingly: "He kept us in it, gave us a chance to win it. That's what you ask in the regular season: Get off to a bad start, hang in there and give us a chance. That's really what he did today."
Paul Konerko had three hits for the White Sox, raising his average to .362. Dayan Viciedo had two hits and is batting .140.
Notes: White Sox SS Alexei Ramirez made a spectacular short-hop catch and throw from deep in the hole to nail Juan Rivera at first. ... Coming into the game, White Sox slugger Adam Dunn was tied for the Cactus League lead in walks (11) and was tied for sixth in homers (4)... Danks threw 81 pitches, 59 for strikes.