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Season saver?

July 27 vs. Detroit


Levels Finished:
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John Danks dodged plenty of fireballs through the middle innings and made a slim lead hold up.

Short Take: John Danks and the Sox put a potential firesale on hold for a least another day with a 2-1 win over Detroit.

Wednesday started ominously for the White Sox, with management dumping the salaries of pitcher Edwin Jackson and third baseman Mark Teahen in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays. A second consecutive loss to the first place Detroit Tigers might have led to even more players being shown the door, but the Sox gained a stay of execution with a well-pitched 2-1 victory.

With the win, the Sox pull within 3 1/2 games of first place. But there are still four days until the non-waiver trade deadline, and anything can happen.

On this sun-splashed afternoon, John Danks (4-8) and two relievers combined to limit the Tigers to one run on six hits. Danks was in trouble throughout much of the game. He found himself in a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the third inning. He walked the first two hitters he faced in the fourth inning. Detroit also had runners at first and second with one out in the fifth. No matter. Danks escaped all three of those jams, striking his way out of danger in each inning. The Sox lefty tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts in six-plus innings of work. Danks gave up a solo home run to Austin Jackson on his 115th and final pitch in the top of the seventh. He left with a 2-1 lead.

Chris Sale entered and had perhaps his finest outing of the season. The lefty reliever retired all eight Detroit batters he faced -- three of them on strikeouts. Sale was removed from the game with two outs and nobody on base in the top of the ninth inning. Sergio Santos earned his 21st save of the season by inducing Detroit's Brennan Boesch to fly out to end the game.

The trades of Jackson and Teahen opened a roster spot for outfielder Alejandro De Aza, who was called up from Charlotte before the start of the game. Slumping center fielder Alex Rios has been benched in favor of De Aza, who made an immediate impact by smacking an 0-2 changeup from Detroit loser Max Scherzer (11-6) out of the yard for a two-run homer in the second inning. That put the Sox up 2-0 early, and Danks and the bullpen made it stand up on a day where the South Siders stranded nine runners and could never get the big hit to put the game out of reach.

Nevertheless, the Sox took two out of three in this series and can feel good about themselves on Thursday's off day. A weekend series against the American League's best team, the Boston Red Sox, awaits. Gavin Floyd (8-9, 4.11 ERA) is scheduled to pitch Friday night. He'll be opposed by knuckleballing right-hander Tim Wakefield (6-3, 5.15 ERA). The game begins at 7:10 and you can watch on Comcast SportsNet.

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Dis keed, De Aza, we give him an opportunity because Rios sucks.


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