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Friday, May 30, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Padres 4, White Sox 1

By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox fell 4-1 to the San Diego Padres on Friday in the opener of a three-game interleague series.

How it happened: John Danks was solid but was outdueled by Padres starter Ian Kennedy. Danks gave up a home run to Cameron Maybin in the third inning and allowed the go-ahead run to score in the fifth inning on a wild pitch. The lefty went seven innings, giving up his two runs with eight hits and a walk. The White Sox scored on a wild pitch in the fourth inning. Conor Gillaspie had two hits. Kennedy gave up one run and four hits over six innings. The Padres added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth inning on a two-run home run by Yonder Alonso.

What it means: Danks continued the White Sox's run of impressive outings from the starting staff. Over the last 10 games, White Sox starters have an impressive 2.19 ERA. Opponents are also batting .200 (45-for-225) over that stretch.

Outside the box: Gillaspie might not win player of the month honors for May, but he definitely deserves strong consideration. The left-handed hitter entered Friday's game with a .400 batting average in May (26-for-65), along with a .951 OPS so he certainly is doing all he can. But he has only six extra-base hits since May 1 and none of them are home runs. In the stats that are tied to the production of others, he has six RBIs and eight runs scored.

Off beat: Mark Buehrle is two teams removed from his days with the White Sox, but there were visions of him Friday. In the third inning, Gordon Beckham charged a bunt from the Padres' Everth Cabrera but didn't have time to field the ball, switch it to his throwing hand and get it to first baseman Adam Dunn. So Beckham flipped the ball with his glove right off the turf, all while on the run, to get the out. Buehrle pulled off a similar play on Opening Day 2010, but with a higher degree of difficulty since that one hit off his foot, he chased it down he flipped it backward, between his legs.

Up next: The White Sox will send right-hander Andre Rienzo (4-1, 3.95 ERA) to the mound Saturday against San Diego in the middle game of the three-game series. The Padres will counter with right-hander Tyson Ross (5-4, 2.97) in the 1:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.