Bats alive from beginning to end in Boston
Six hitters come through with multiple hits
BOSTON -- The White Sox scored early Monday night. The White Sox scored often. The White Sox scored more than enough to offset a rare off-night for John Danks and claim a 10-8 victory over the Red Sox for their fifth straight win.
It's a trend that really began last Tuesday night at home against the Cardinals, when the White Sox rallied from a 7-0 deficit to bring the tying run to the plate in the ninth. But this night at Fenway Park was a payback for the myriad times pitching has carried the South Siders this season without major contributions from the bats.
"Today was an easy one to kind of look at like, 'Man, we already put runs up and now we have to go back and get more runs to get the lead,'" said White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers, who drove home J.B. Shuck with the go-ahead run in the seventh. "We responded well.
"That's good. The pitching has been pretty dominant for us for a period of time. It's nice to be able to pick them up a little bit, even though I thought John threw the ball really well."
Danks was staked to a 4-0, first-inning lead. Boston not only erased that deficit but eventually claimed a 6-5 edge in the fourth and a 7-6 advantage in the fifth. Past struggles from the offense made it difficult to amass 10 runs in two or three games, let alone one, and the add-on was pretty much a foreign concept.
Yet, the White Sox knocked out a season-high nine extra-base hits, which totaled seven doubles and two triples. They even started the game with back-to-back triples from Adam Eaton and Tyler Saladino off of Joe Kelly, marking the first time the White Sox opened with two triples since June 15, 1954, against the A's.
Eaton finished a homer short of the cycle, while Melky Cabrera produced his career-best fifth straight multi-hit performance. Six of the nine starters had more than one hit, with the White Sox getting eight hits with runners in scoring position.
"Our bullpen and the offense picked me up," said Danks, who allowed six earned runs over 4 1/3 innings, after making two scoreless starts to open the second half. "I'm happy to get the win."
"Guys are confident. They're coming in, being aggressive and swinging it," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "You just don't mess with it. You let them go and let them play and let them feel confident like that."
As general manager Rick Hahn decides what moves to make for this team with Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline approaching, be it as a buyer or seller or somewhere in between, the White Sox hope this renewed confidence is a long-term, playoff-directed sort of thing.
"Early on, we didn't catch any breaks and now we're starting to find holes and drive guys in with two outs," Eaton said. "It's been good the last couple weeks."