Danks struggles uncharacteristically vs. Royals

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 5, 2014 at 6:19 pm •  Published: April 5, 2014
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — John Danks' struggles were just enough that the White Sox bullpen couldn't bail out Chicago.

The left-hander allowed three runs in seven innings, but Chicago tied it before Salvador Perez hit a go-ahead RBI double with two outs in the eighth inning and the Royals won 4-3.

Alex Gordon doubled off left-hander Scott Downs (0-1) before Perez hit Maikel Cleto's second pitch down the left-field line.

Danks did not allow a hit until the fourth inning, when six straight Kansas City batters reached base.

Omar Infante, Eric Hosmer, Billy Butler and Alex Gordon singled, then Mike Moustakas walked with the bases loades.

Butler drove in another run in the fifth with a sacrifice fly.

"I was trying to stay aggressive," Danks said. "Walking Hosmer on four straight, I was being extra careful, hoping he'd just get himself out. I was continuing to have problems, but I tried to stay aggressive. You'd like to have a quicker inning."

After throwing 39 pitches in the first three innings, Danks labored through 38 pitches in the fourth.

"It was the heart of the lineup. I was trying to come inside and just lost control a little," Danks said. "Hosmer I got behind 2-0 and you don't want to make too good a pitch to him. You never want to give up runs, but the good part of it is to give up just two. It could have been better, but it could have been worse."

Danks made it through seven innings, throwing 115 pitches, his highest total since having shoulder surgery in 2012. Danks got a no-decision when the offense scored two runs in the eighth off reliever Wade Davis. He is 6-0 in 14 career starts against Kansas City, the only active pitcher with a 1.000 winning percentage against the Royals with a minimum of 10 starts.

Davis (1-1) let the White Sox tie it at three when gave up two runs in the eighth on two singles, a walk, a hit batter and sacrifice fly.