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White Sox pitcher John Danks, right, talked with catcher Josh Phegley in the first inning Wednesday.

Jim Mone, AP

Danks hit hard in White Sox loss to Twins

  • Associated Press
  • September 4, 2014 - 7:01 AM

John Danks is still searching for the right mix of pitches to stop his losing streak.

Kennys Vargas homered for the second consecutive night and Eduardo Nunez had four hits as the Minnesota Twins defeated Danks and the Chicago White Sox 11-4 on Wednesday.

Danks (9-10) is winless in seven starts since a July 25 victory in Minnesota left him 9-6. He gave up seven runs and 11 hits in 4 2-3 innings.

"This one was just not his night," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "I don't know if he was up in the zone, but guys are sitting on that fastball a little bit more. When he was going well he had his curveball mixing in and really an effective changeup. Right now it just seems like everyone is really sitting on the fastball. If you can't locate that stuff, you're going to get hit."

Minnesota jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first behind Nunez's RBI triple and back-to-back doubles from Josmil Pinto and Oswaldo Arcia.

Danks settled down to hold the Twins scoreless for the next three innings, and Chicago got back into it. Dayan Viciedo's two-run homer into the second deck in left brought the White Sox within a run, and Adam Eaton's RBI single tied it in the fifth.

But the Twins broke loose for five runs in the bottom half to break a 3-all tie and set up Trevor May (1-4) for his first major league win. Vargas' RBI single and Eduardo Escobar's two-run triple did the bulk of the damage for Minnesota.

The game was halted in the bottom of the fifth by a 16-minute rain delay. When play resumed, Vargas blooped Danks' first pitch into right field for an RBI single that gave the Twins a 4-3 lead.

"Kind of in my mind I think Vargas thought that after the delay I'd probably try to come out and throw a fastball and get back in the rhythm of things," Danks said. "I threw a changeup and it cut on me again, but I still got weak contact. It was kind of par for the course, the way the night went, but it finds a hole. I'm not complaining. I didn't do myself any favors."

Four batters later, Escobar hit reliever Matt Lindstrom's first pitch into the right-field corner for a two-run triple.

"I almost felt like every time I threw a fastball they knew it was coming," said Danks, who is 7-13 against Minnesota since 2007. "We tried to mix it up and almost tried to pitch backwards a little bit. I worked better than before, but it was just an all-around bad night. It's pretty frustrating."

 

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