How it happened: The White Sox’s offense was held in check by Indians starter Carlos Carrasco, who gave up one run on four hits over 6⅔ innings. Jose Abreu delivered the White Sox’s only RBI on a third-inning single. John Danks pitched well, giving up two runs on five hits over six innings while striking out five. The last five spots in the White Sox’s order went a combined 1-for-15, with the hit coming on a bloop single from Tyler Flowers in the seventh inning.
What it means: Danks continues to have a rocky ride, two years removed from shoulder surgery, but Thursday’ strong outing was a good sign. He still doesn’t have a victory in more than a month, although his outing was his best since his July 13 start against the Indians, when he gave up one run over seven innings. Assuming he starts every fifth game from now until the end of the season, Danks has five more outings to finish off the season strong.
Outside the box: Abreu now has 97 RBIs, moving him three away from becoming the fourth rookie in White sox history to record 100, along with Smead Jolley (114 in 1930), Zeke Bonura (110 in 1934) and Ron Kittle (100 in 1983). Since 2000, Albert Pujols (130 in 2001), Ryan Zimmerman (110 in 2006) and Hideki Matsui (106 in 2003) are the only rookies to record 100 RBIs in a season.
Offbeat: The White Sox outfielders played a little “I got it, you take it” in the second inning. On a deep drive to left-center by Zach Walters, both left fielder Alejandro De Aza and center fielder Adam Eaton converged on the ball. With both about to leap at the wall, Eaton backed off at the last second and De Aza made the catch with his glove in front of the yellow stripe.
Up next: The While Sox will send right-hander Scott Carroll (5-8, 5.05 ERA) to the mound Friday against Detroit in the opener of a four-game series. The Tigers will counter with right-hander Justin Verlander (11-11, 4.82) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.