Danks, White Sox shut down Dodgers
LOS ANGELES – John Danks and three relievers combined on a two-hitter, Leury Garcia hit his first major league home run and the Chicago White Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 on Wednesday in the rubber game of a three-game series.
Danks (4-5) allowed only two hits and one run and struck out five in 7 1-3 innings for his first road win in more than six weeks. He entered the game 1-3 with a 6.83 ERA in five road starts. He also had an infield single in the sixth inning, his second hit in 28 career plate appearances.
Garcia led off the third with a homer and Adam Dunn homered to lead off the fourth.
Josh Beckett (3-3) went six innings and allowed two runs and nine hits for the Dodgers, who have lost six of their last eight.
Dee Gordon led off the bottom of the first with a bunt single, but Danks didn't allow another hit until the eighth, when Gordon doubled down the left field line to end his night.
Danks threw 107 pitches and didn't allow a baserunner past second base.
A pair of longballs helped put him in position for the win.
Garcia was homerless in his first 74 career games, but ended that drought in impressive fashion. The 23-yer old Dominican belted a Beckett first-pitch fastball deep over the center field fence, an estimated 400 feet, to stake Chicago to a 1-0 lead.
Dunn followed Garcia's act the following inning, planting a 2-2 cutter into the right field stands for his ninth homer of the season.
The Dodgers were able to get on the scoreboard once Danks left the game. Reliever Zach Putnam entered after Gordon's double, and after a Yasiel Puig walk, Gordon came home on a Hanley Ramirez fielder's choice. Scott Downs then entered and induced Adrian Gonzalez to ground out to end the threat.
Chicago closer Ronald Belisario slammed the door on his former team in the ninth, retiring the side in order for his fifth save.
Beckett delivered a quality start but suffered his second consecutive loss since throwing a no-hitter against Philadelphia on May 25.
Relievers Brandon League, Brian Wilson and Jamey Wright each threw a scoreless inning of relief, but the strong pitching wasn't enough for the Dodgers with Danks at his best.
Notes: A moment of silence was held before the game for Don Zimmer, who died Wednesday at the age of 83. Zimmer played for the Dodgers from 1954-59 and in 1963 ... Injured Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford went through a full pre-game workout that included batting practice. He is on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle and is eligible to be activated May 12 . Beckett reached 2,000 career innings after completing the fourth inning ... Chicago manager Robin Ventura successfully challenged a call at third base in the bottom fourth, overturning an earlier safe call and ending the inning. Ventura is now 4 for 11 on challenges this season ... Fans erupted into thunderous applause when the video board showed Justin Williams' overtime goal that gave the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.