CHICAGO -- The White Sox made it three victories in four games on the homestand after a 4-3 triumph in 11 innings over the Miami Marlins on Friday night.
How it happened: Jeff Keppinger hit a game-ending single with the bases loaded to give the White Sox the victory. The White Sox could have ended it an inning sooner, but first-base umpire Angel Hernandez appeared to blow a call that would have allowed the winning run to score. John Danks gave up three runs on four hits over six-plus innings in his first start since May 19 of last season. Danks, who has been working on his velocity during his minor league rehab assignment following shoulder surgery last August, topped out at 91 mph.
What it means: Danks was solid in his return, but the outing did come against the team that's dead last in baseball in runs scored (125). The Marlins entered the game 31 runs away from the next-closest team. It didn't seem to be a coincidence that Danks returned to face the light-hitting Marlins, who were hitless until a Derek Dietrich two-run home run in the fourth inning. Danks’ next outing is expected to come Wednesday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Outside the box: Friday’s game marked the 26th appearance of the season for reliever Jesse Crain, who's quickly earning the nickname “Everyday Jesse.” The right-hander pitched a scoreless eighth inning to lower his ERA to 0.82. The heavy workload has Crain on pace for an eye-popping 92 appearances. Along with closer Addison Reed, Crain has been as steady as they come, even after missing a significant amount of time this spring with a groin injury.
Off beat: It was Dunn versus Dunn in the eighth inning, as the White Sox’s Adam Dunn faced Marlins reliever Mike Dunn. It was actually the fourth time the two have faced each other, with this one ending on an Adam Dunn strikeout. It was the second time he struck out against Mike Dunn. Adam Dunn also had a hit and two RBIs.
Up next: White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy (5-2, 3.31 ERA) will take the mound Saturday against Miami in the middle game of the three-game series. The Marlins will counter with right-hander Ricky Nolasco (3-5, 3.96) in the 6:15 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.