How it happened: Danks was having fun from the outset and appeared to be extremely comfortable against the surging Mariners despite his struggles this season. He gave up just one run, and that was unearned, over 7 1/3 innings. Paul Konerko hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and Gordon Beckham added a key two-out RBI single in the seventh. A.J. Pierzynski tacked on another insurance run in the eighth inning and Sergio Santos got the save, his 11th.
What it means: It wasn’t like Danks’ 0-8 record at the outset put him in bad company. Mark Mulder was 0-8 to start the 1997 season. He did stop short of sliding even further down a dubious distinction list. He was the first pitcher to start the season 0-8 after winning 15 games the previous season since Montreal’s Dale Murray. The last to go 0-9 after winning 15 came in 1971 when Cincinnati’s Jim Merritt did it.
Stat of the game: The White Sox are now 13-1 against the Mariners at home, a run that dates back to the 2008 season. They have won nine consecutive against Seattle at home, tying the club record against the Mariners dating back to 1995.
Up next: White Sox right-hander Phil Humber (4-3, 3.06 ERA) will take the mound in the middle game of the series. The Mariners will counter with right-hander Felix Hernandez (6-4, 3.04) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.