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Danks hit hard as White Sox lose to Astros 11-7

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 20, 2014 at 7:37 pm •  Published: July 20, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Danks is happy the Chicago White Sox are done with the Houston Astros for this season.

Danks lasted a season-low 4 1-3 innings, giving up a season-high 12 hits and seven runs in an 11-7 loss Sunday.

"Dug us a hole. These guys fought hard to get out of it," said Danks, who didn't get a decision.

On May 18, he allowed eight runs — seven earned — and 10 hits over 4 2-3 innings in an 8-2 defeat against the Astros.

"For whatever reason, Houston has beat me up this year," he said, "so fortunately, we're done with that."

Matt Dominguez hit a two-run homer and a tiebreaking RBI double, and the Astros tied their season high with 17 hits as they prevented a three-game sweep.

Second baseman Jose Altuve made a pair of errors and first baseman Jon Singleton had one, with each infielder allowing a grounder through his legs.

"It's part of the game," manager Bo Porter said. "Obviously, Altuve is a guy who's pretty sure-handed, but it happens. But it's good to see the rest of the team pick those guys up."

Altuve hit a two-run homer for the Astros (41-58), who find themselves 1 1-2 games ahead of last-place Texas in the AL West.

"We battled through that game," said Dominguez, had three hits and four RBIs. "It was nice to go out there and get a win like that."

Chicago fell behind 4-0 early and tied the score 7-all in the sixth on Alexei Ramirez's RBI double, Jose Abreu's run-scoring single and a run-scoring two-out grounder by Dayan Viciedo that went Altuve's legs for Houston's second error of the inning.

"We battled back, got close to it and just couldn't hold on," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "We couldn't stop them."

Daniel Webb (5-3) allowed RBI doubles in the seventh to Dominguez and L.J. Hoes, and Marwin Gonzalez followed with a two-run single.

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