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Friday, August 10, 2012
Rapid Reaction: White Sox 4, A's 3

By Scott Powers

CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 4-3 win over the Oakland Athletics at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday.

How it happened: White Sox left fielder Jordan Danks made his first major league home run really count. Danks hit a walk-off homer into the right-field stands to give the White Sox the win. The White Sox relied on the home run for all their runs Friday. A.J. Pierzynski, Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo also hit homers. The White Sox have 141 home runs on the season. White Sox starter Gavin Floyd struggled early, allowing three runs in the first two innings, but he settled down and didn’t allow another run. He pitched six innings and received a no-decision. The White Sox’s bullpen pitched three scoreless innings of relief. Brett Myers picked up the win.

What it means: The White Sox remained in first place in the American League Central with their win. The Tigers, who were still playing when the White Sox won, trailed the Sox by one game when the day began.

Outside the box: Pierzynski’s 22nd home run of the season was the most by a White Sox catcher since Carlton Fisk hit 23 in 1987. Pierzynski set a single-season high this season.

Up next: Francisco Liriano (3-10, 5.03) will make his third start for the White Sox on Saturday. Travis Blackley (4-3, 3.30) will start for the Athletics.