Jordan Danks hadn't had an at-bat in over a week, but he made the most of a rare trip to the plate Monday afternoon.

With the White Sox needing a win to avoid being swept by Kansas City, Danks' 413-foot solo home run off Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera in the 11th inning gave the White Sox a 2-1 win at Kauffman Stadium. It was Danks' second home run of his career, with the other a walk-off blast against Oakland last summer.

"Being able to pull off a win like that, especially when we’re struggling, it’s big-time," Danks said.

For Danks, the home run represented a bit of redemption. With the White Sox down 1-0 in the ninth, Alexei Ramirez hit a soft line drive up the middle that was gloved on a hop, then dropped, by Kansas City second baseman Chris Getz. Alex Rios scored the game-tying run, but Danks -- who was pinch-running for Adam Dunn -- put on the brakes rounding third and was caught in a rundown between third and home.

Manager Robin Ventura absolved Danks of any blame for the rundown, although the outfielder still felt his home run was a bit sweeter in light of that play.

"I told them I did it on purpose so I could come up and hit a home run," Danks joked.