ANAHEIM, Calif. — John Danks surrendered a pair of first-inning homers on Tuesday night and the White Sox never recovered.
Kole Calhoun and Albert Pujols went deep early and Garrett Richards had more than enough to send the White Sox to a 5-3 loss against Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. Danks allowed five runs (four earned) and five hits in seven innings as the White Sox lost for the fourth time in five tries.
“Any time we started getting momentum, Richards was good,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “The groundball was kind of unkind. It seemed like any time we got guys on and got something going, that sinker he can throw any time, he was good. We couldn’t get over that hump and get the momentum back.”
Los Angeles created a large mound before their fifth batter had stepped to the plate.
Danks — who allowed one homer in his previous 47 1/3 innings — hit Shane Victorino to start the game and Calhoun followed with a massive, two-run homer to center to give the Angels a 2-0 lead. One out later, Pujols hammered a 0-1 curveball for his 33rd homer and a three-run lead.
Danks would settle in from there — “the stuff is there,” he said — but the damage had been done. He only allowed five hits over seven innings, allowing the White Sox to attempt a rally.
But they couldn’t make up enough ground and went on to their sixth straight road loss.
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“It’s still a bad night,” Danks said. “I showed up to the ballpark to win a ballgame. I wasn’t able to do that. In the position we are in as a club, we can’t afford to get too many back. It still stings. But it didn’t do anything to my personal confidence going into my next start.”
The White Sox pushed against Richards but he never broke.
They got a run in the second on an Alexei Ramirez RBI groundout and Jose Abreu doubled in a run in the sixth to make it a 4-2 game. Adam Eaton’s RBI fielder’s choice in the seventh got the White Sox back within two with Abreu up but Joe Smith induced an inning-ending groundout.
“It’s frustrating when we have two-run ballgames, one-run ballgames,” Eaton said. “We come back late sixth, seventh and eighth, but we fall short, it’s difficult. We know it’s there that we can continue to push but we just ran into a good pitcher tonight that had good stuff. Smith comes in, gets a guy and then I roll a ball over, scored a run, but we’ve got to do some damage at that point and make up some time. But hats off to them for pitching it and a couple of key home runs for them, too.”