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Danks Dominates and Defense Dazzles

July 12 at Texas Rangers

"These ain't your daddy's White Sox... We're going to keep going after a championship as aggressively as we can."

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The bullpen almost lost the lead, but an awesome play to end the game saved it.

Short Take:   John Danks pitched 7 2/3 innings of solid baseball and earned the victory, despite the bullpen making it interesting late.

After a downright awful game last night, the Sox looked to turn things around in the 100 degree heat down in Texas. John Danks was his usual self, pitching 7 2/3 innings of pretty solid baseball, but the bullpen tried to give it away late. Fortunately for the Sox, the defensive tandem of Alexei Ramirez and Nick Swisher (who replaced Konerko in the bottom of the 8th) literally saved the game and ensured a 9-7 Sox victory.

In the bottom of the second, John Danks made only one mistake and it was a solo shot off Milton Bradley's bat, putting Texas up 1-0. Just half an inning later, the Sox came right back. Orlando Cabrea led off with a walk and A.J. Pierzynski was hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second. Carlos Quentin grounded out to third, but got the job done by moving the runners up. After Jermaine Dye flew out to center, Jim Thome walked to load the bases. Paul Konerko came to the plate and singled to left, scoring Cabrera and tying the game at one a piece.

Just as the Sox had tied the game, the Rangers regained the lead. Jason Saltalamacchia led off with a double and after German Duran grounded out to third and Ian Kinsler fouled out to Konerko, Michael Young reached on an infield single, moving Saltalamacchia to third. Josh Hamilton singled to left, scoring Saltalamacchia and giving Texas a one run lead. The score remained 2-1 in favor of Texas until the top of the fifth. After TCQ went down on strikes to lead off the inning, Jermaine Dye tripled to deep right and came home on Jim Thome's sacrifice fly to tie the game at two.

The Sox's offense went to work again an inning later. Alexei Ramirez reached on a great bunt single to third and Orlando Cabrera walked, putting runners at first and second. Toby Hall, who replaced Pierzynski after he was struck in the calf by a pitch, sacrified himself at first, moving the runners to second and third. TCQ then singled to left, scoring both Ramirez and Cabrera, giving the Sox a 4-2 lead. Dye then singled to left, moving Quentin to third. Frank Francisco relieved Kevin Milwood and surrendered a double to the hot-hitting Thome, scoring Quentin and putting the Sox up by three, 5-2.

The score remained 5-2 until the top of the eighth when the Sox added to their lead. The Carlos Quentin doubled to left to lead off the inning and after Dye grounded out to third, Thome homered to center, putting the Sox up 7-2. They weren't done yet because when Paul Konerko stepped to the plate, he followed Thome's act and also homered, giving the Sox an 8-2 lead.

Texas cut the six run lead down to four in their half of the eighth. Jason Saltalamacchia flied out to right and with one out, German Duran doubled to deep left. Ian Kinsler did the exact same thing Duran did, making it an 8-3 game. After Michael Young went down swinging, the dangerous Josh Hamilton singled, driving Kinsler home with the fourth run of the game for Texas.

The Sox added to their lead in the ninth. Alexei Ramirez led off with a single, stole second, and went to thid on a throwing error by Jason Saltalamacchia. Orlando Cabrera hit a sacrifice fly to bring Ramirez in from third with the ninth Sox run. That run ended up being important because the Rangers threatened in the home half of the ninth. With Boone Logan on the mound, Brandon Boggs doubled to deep center and came home on Chris Davis' triple to the same part of the ballpark, cutting the Sox's lead to 9-5. Ozzie had seen enough and turned to Matt Thornton, who also managed to make things interesting. Jason Saltalamacchia doubled to deep right, scoring Davis to make it a 9-6 ballgame. After German Duran went down looking, Ian Kinsler singled to left, scoring Saltalamacchia for the seventh Ranger run. Fortunately for Thornton and the Sox, Alexei Ramirez and Nick Swisher combined for an amazing defensive play on Josh Hamilton's grounder to second to end the ballgame and secure a 9-7 Sox victory!

The Sox will look to go into the All-Star Break on a winning note by taking two of three in the series with the Rangers tomorrow afternoon at Rangers Ballpark. Jose Contreras (7-6) will go up against another pitcher the Sox have never seen in Matt Harrison (1-0). The first pitch is set 2:05p CDT and the game will be broadcast on CSN.

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 It was a close call, but the Sox prevailed, thanks to a lot of offense and a great defensive play to end the game.


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