CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at Chicago White Sox’s 7-5 win over the Detroit Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field on Monday.
How it happened: Starting pitcher John Danks put the White Sox in a rough spot when he allowed nine hits, five runs and three walks, lasting only three innings on Monday. The White Sox’s bullpen and offense came to his rescue, though. A game after the bullpen gave up eight runs in 2 1/3 innings, it went six innings and didn’t allow a run on Monday. Zach Stewart did the bulk of the work, pitching three relief innings of shutout ball. Adam Dunn and Dayan Viciedo provided the offense. Dunn hit a two-run home run in the first inning, and Viciedo had a career-high four RBIs, which included a two-run homer. The White Sox had scored a total of one run in their previous two games.
What it means: Danks’ struggles are a concern. He’s allowed five or more runs in three of his last four starts, and he’s only had one outing this season during which he appeared to be his usual self. His ERA rose to 6.46 after Monday’s performance.
Outside the box: Dunn’s home run was his first off a left-handed pitcher since Aug. 6, 2010. Dunn, who was then with the Washington Nationals, hit two home runs against Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw on that day.