White Sox slip past Marlins 4-3 in 11 innings

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 25, 2013 at 12:14 am •  Published: May 25, 2013
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CHICAGO (AP) — John Danks wanted to pitch deeper into the game.

Nevertheless, he was still happy with the results.

Danks was solid in his season debut and Jeff Keppinger drove in the winning run on a single in the 11th inning and the Chicago White Sox beat the Miami Marlins 4-3 on Friday night.

Danks allowed three runs and four hits in six innings in his first start since undergoing shoulder surgery in August to repair a capsule tear and remove debris in his rotator cuff and biceps. He struck out five, walked none and hit a batter in the opener of the interleague series.

"It was a good first one," Danks said. "I did as much as I had hoped to do. Obviously, as the game went on, I wanted to go further, but I totally understand the move, totally agree with the move and I'm glad we got the win."

Danks went 3-4 with a 5.70 ERA in nine starts last season as the team's opening day starter. He last pitched May 19, 2012, against the Cubs. The left-hander made four minor-league rehab starts before debuting Friday.

He threw 76 pitches, allowing a two-run home run to Derek Dietrich in the fourth.

"The best part was his command and keeping everything in check and doing everything he needed to do," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "He was getting people to swing and miss. It's what you would expect of him coming back and being at full strength."

Paul Konerko started the White Sox rally with a one-out single in the 11th. Pinch runner Tyler Greene moved to third when Dayan Viciedo singled off the glove of second baseman Dietrich.

After Ryan Webb (1-2) intentionally walked Conor Gillaspie, Keppinger singled to left field.

"It just feels like our offense is starting to do a little bit more and we're still getting good pitching," Keppinger said.

Nate Jones (1-4) pitched two-thirds of an inning for the win.

Marlins starter Tom Koehler gave up three runs in six innings in his first career interleague start. He struck out three and walked one.

Koehler remained in the game after a Keppinger line drive struck him on the back of his right shoulder in the third inning. Koehler said the ball struck him underneath his shoulder blade.

"It actually hit me in a pretty decent spot," Koehler said. "As far as affecting the way I threw, it had no bearing on anything, which was nice. It will be a little sore tomorrow, but it shouldn't be anything to worry about."

The Marlins tied it 3-3 in the seventh. Marcell Ozuna led off with a double, forcing Danks from the game.

Ozuna advanced on a Justin Ruggiano single off Matt Lindstrom and scored on a Miguel Olivo sacrifice fly. After a Nick Green single loaded the bases, Lindstrom got a double play to end the inning.

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