8:10 PM ET, June 11, 2014
U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois
CHICAGO -- After getting roughed up last month in a start at Houston, John Danks decided to break down his delivery and make a number of mechanical changes.
"I've probably thrown more bullpens probably in the last month than I have in the last couple years," Danks said. "It's been good."
More from ESPN.com
Wednesday's win moved the White Sox within 2 1/2 games of the Tigers for the division lead, but even with this season's reversal of fortunes, nobody is ready to brag about the standings, Doug Padilla writes. Story
Jose Abreu hit an early homer off Detroit starter Justin Verlander, then singled to start a seven-run burst in the sixth inning that gave Danks all the support he needed as the White Sox won for the second straight time against the American League Central leaders.
Abreu went 3-for-4 with a walk and scored twice. The Cuban rookie has 19 home runs and 50 RBIs this season.
He has been the catalyst behind the surprising White Sox (33-33) staying within striking distance, but the star in this game was the crafty left-hander and his 80 mph (or slower) changeup.
Danks (5-5) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. He has permitted just five runs in 29 1/3 innings over his past four starts since allowing eight runs (seven earned) in 4 2/3 innings at Houston last month.
"I think Johnny has really picked it up," manager Robin Ventura said. "He went through a period where he wasn't commanding his fastball and changeup. He made some adjustments and he's really been different since then, not only with control, but it seems like his velocity has some zip to it and his changeup looks better."
Verlander (6-6) gave up seven runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings as the Tigers lost their third in a row.
"His stuff again was good. He just couldn't muscle through a couple innings there," Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said. "I don't really know how to explain it. His stuff was good again."
The seven runs in an inning matched a season high for Chicago. The White Sox also scored seven May 9 against Arizona.
Abreu connected on Verlander's first pitch of the second inning for a solo homer over the left-center field wall.
That brought up Gordon Beckham, and Detroit manager Brad Ausmus kept Verlander in the game despite the right-hander having thrown 121 pitches to that point. The next pitch was a 96 mph fastball that Beckham lined for a two-run single.
"We led off with three singles, guys getting on base against Verlander," Beckham said. "You've got to have guys out there because not a lot of guys hit homers, unless your name's Jose."
"I need to limit the walks. That one huge inning, I walked a few guys and gave up a couple weak hits and turned it in to a big inning myself when it shouldn't have been," Verlander said.
With the way Danks was pitching, the cushion was more than enough.
"I'm just trying to take it out to the field with me, and so far, so good," he said. "But I'm not going to rest on my laurels and I'm going to get ready for my next start. I've been humbled in this game before, so I'm going to try and keep from doing that (again)."
Cabrera (left hamstring) said he was feeling better Wednesday, but Ausmus decided to keep the slugger at DH. "Give him another day," Ausmus said. "We don't want this lingering." ... The White Sox have signed nine of their first 10 draft picks so far, with the lone holdout being LHP Carlos Rodon, the No. 3 pick overall. ... The Tigers decided to skip LHP Drew Smyly and keep the matchup between Max Scherzer (7-2) and Chris Sale (5-0) for the series finale Thursday. Smyly, originally scheduled to pitch Wednesday, will pitch Friday against Minnesota.
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 11: Adam Dunn #44 of the Chicago White Sox (R) shakes hands with Jose Abreu #79 at home plate...(Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|Detroit leads 10-9 (as of Wed 6/11)|
|Mon 4/21||CHW 3, @DET 1||Recap|
|Tue 4/22||@DET 8, CHW 6||Recap|
|Wed 4/23||CHW 6, @DET 4||Recap|
|Thu 4/24||@DET 7, CHW 4||Recap|
|Tue 4/29||DET 4, @CHW 3||Recap|
|Wed 4/30||DET 5, @CHW 1||Recap|
|Mon 6/9||@CHW 6, DET 5||Recap|
|» Wed 6/11||@CHW 8, DET 2||Box Score|
|Thu 6/12||DET 4, @CHW 0||Recap|
|Tue 7/29||CHW 11, @DET 4||Recap|
|Wed 7/30||@DET 7, CHW 2||Recap|
|Thu 7/31||CHW 7, @DET 4||Recap|
|Fri 8/29||DET 7, @CHW 1||Recap|
|Sat 8/30||@CHW 6, DET 3||Recap|
|Sat 8/30||DET 8, @CHW 4||Recap|
|Sun 8/31||@CHW 6, DET 2||Recap|
|Mon 9/22||CHW 2, @DET 0||Recap|
|Tue 9/23||@DET 4, CHW 3||Recap|
|Wed 9/24||@DET 6, CHW 1||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Tigers | White Sox|
|2nd||J Abreu homered to center (417 feet).||0||1|
|4th||T Hunter grounded out to second, M Cabrera scored.||1||1|
|6th||D Viciedo grounded into double play, second to shortstop to first, J Abreu scored, A Ramirez out at second, A Dunn to third.||1||2|
|6th||A De Aza singled to shallow right, A Dunn scored.||1||3|
|6th||G Beckham singled to center, A De Aza and A Nieto scored, A Eaton to second.||1||5|
|6th||C Gillaspie doubled to deep center, A Eaton and G Beckham scored.||1||7|
|6th||A Dunn singled to right, C Gillaspie scored, J Abreu to second.||1||8|
|7th||R Davis doubled to deep center, E Suarez scored.||2||8|
|View complete Play-By-Play|
|Stadium||U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, IL|
|Attendance||18,424 (45.4% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||62 degrees, overcast|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Laz Diaz, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Jeff Nelson|
- MLB Home
- Spring workout dates
- AL East
- Baltimore Orioles
- Boston Red Sox
- New York Yankees
- Tampa Bay Rays
- Toronto Blue Jays
- AL Central
- Chicago White Sox
- Cleveland Indians
- Detroit Tigers
- Kansas City Royals
- Minnesota Twins
- AL West
- Houston Astros
- Los Angeles Angels
- Oakland Athletics
- Seattle Mariners
- Texas Rangers
- Photo Galleries
- Key Dates
- Top 100 prospects
- Ballpark rankings
- Free Agent Tracker
- Hall of 100
- ESPN Home Run Tracker
- All-time WAR
- World Series Timeline
- Postseason Classics
- FROM 2014
- Anatomy of a Pitch
- Aaron's 715: Live in 2014
- The Unwritten Canon, Revealed
- The Last Great Call(s)
- 1994: What could have been
- Pete Rose: 25 years in exile