Remnants of the All-Star Game still dot Target Field — a sign in the outfield, a logo on the water tower that looms beyond the park. Ten days after playing in the game for the first time, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu and shortstop Alexei Ramirez were back at the site flashing some All-Star qualities with a pair of home runs Friday night in a 9-5 victory over the Twins. The struggling Twins, in fact, helped many of the South Siders look good as the Sox knocked out 17 hits and scored their most runs in a game since nine May 9 against the Diamondbacks. Tyler Flowers also hit a home run for the Sox, who had homered in just one of their previous six games. The Sox are 22-7 when they hit multiple homers in a game. "There was a lot of good stuff," Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "There were some solid (hits). There were a lot of lucky ones. … We got all the seeing-eye, fall-in kind of stuff. It's good just for your psyche offensively." Sox left-hander John Danks bounced back from his shortest outing of the season against the Astros on July 20 to go seven innings, allowing four runs on six hits and no walks. "I did put a little extra pressure on myself this time, coming off that one," Danks said of his previous start. "I didn't want that to turn my season around. I didn't think it would, but I certainly wanted to get back out there and give us a chance to win a ballgame, and I did a lot better tonight than I did last time." Ventura said Danks (9-6) has lived up to expectations with two consistently solid months in his second season after 2012 shoulder surgery. "He has given us a chance to win," Ventura said. "Even more than that, he has gotten deep into games and thrown more than 100 pitches in games. … Where he's at now, you feel pretty comfortable when he goes out there that he's going to be able to get you deep into games." Danks allowed a run in the second inning on back-to-back Twins singles and Kurt Suzuki's sacrifice fly. The Twins scored two in the sixth on Chris Colabello's two-run single into left field. Oswaldo Arcia hit a home run in the seventh. "He's getting back to what he always has done," Sox left-hander Chris Sale said of Danks. "He has been great — throwing strikes, going deep into games. He has been on a good roll lately, and that's a testament to how hard he has worked and how hard he studied for that." Many in the crowd clapped in appreciation in the first inning, and it wasn't for the Twins. Abreu elicited the response when he launched a three-run blast 427 feet into the bullpens in left-center field. Abreu's home run off Twins right-hander Kevin Correia was his 30th of the season.
White Sox cruise to 9-5 victory against Twins
Chicago Tribune | Jul 26