Jones can't touch Danks, White Sox blank Orioles 1-0



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CHICAGO — John Danks has Adam Jones' number.

On Friday, the entire Orioles lineup shared Jones' pain as Baltimore was shut out for a second straight game.

Danks pitched seven scoreless innings and Jose Abreu hit a home run, leading the Chicago White Sox past the Orioles 1-0 on Friday night.

Baltimore has lost four of its last five games. Jones continued to struggle against Danks, going 0 for 3 on Friday, now making him 1 for 33 overall against the pitcher.

"Nothing is on the barrel off him for me," said Jones. "There's always going to be some guy in your career that just completely owns you. I guess he just owns me."

Baltimore was 18-10 in June, but has slumped lately.

"This is why this game is so hard," said Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez. "You can be doing really good, and then all of a sudden you can't score."

Jimenez (7-4) pitched seven innings and gave up the one run on six hits. Abreu hit an 0-2 pitch from Jimenez for his 14th home run of the season in the third inning.

"I was pretty good. I was able to execute pitches. The guys were playing great defense and helped me a lot. They kept making plays," said Jimenez. "I don't think that was a bad pitch. I wanted to go away and he has such a long reach that he was able to get to the pitch, and he has a lot of power."

The White Sox have won seven of their last 11 games after losing a season-high eight straight.

Danks (4-8) was impressive after getting skipped in the rotation. The left-hander allowed five hits with five strikeouts and two walks. He was 0-4 in his previous four starts with a 6.85 ERA.

"(Danks) had a big variance between his fastball and his curveball, cutter and changeup," said Caleb Joseph, who struck out in the seventh with runners on second and third. "There was about a 20 mile per hour difference there, so his fastball plays a little harder than it looks when you have such a big variance. He made a ton of quality pitches."

Jake Petricka pitched a perfect eighth and David Robertson struck out the side in the ninth for his 17th save in 21 chances.

Danks got out of a one-out, second-and-third jam in the seventh. He struck out Joseph and got Ryan Flaherty to fly out.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: 2B Jon Schoop, who is on the 60-day disabled list with a right knee sprain, is "very close" to being activated from the disabled list in the coming days, according to manager Buck Showalter. In nine games, Schoop was 7 for 27 with three home runs and seven RBIs.

FULMER SIGNS

The White Sox signed right-handed pitcher Carson Fulmer. Fulmer, the No. 8 pick overall in the MLB draft, received a $3.47 million signing bonus.

SALE VS. BUEHRLE

White Sox pitcher Chris Sale was pushed back a day in the rotation. He was originally scheduled to pitch Sunday against the Orioles. Now, the lefty will start against former White Sox ace Mark Buehrle and the Blue Jays on Monday night as the White Sox give Sale an extra day of rest. Sale has struck out 10 or more batters in his last eight starts, tying Pedro Martinez for the major league record.

UP NEXT

Orioles: Chris Tillman (6-7) is the scheduled starter Saturday. He is 3-1 with a 3.18 ERA in four starts against the White Sox.

White Sox: LHP Jeff Samardzija (5-4) will make his second start of the season against Baltimore on Saturday. In his last start against the Orioles he gave up eight runs, seven earned, on 10 hits in five innings.

UP NEXT

Orioles: Chris Tillman (6-7) is the scheduled starter Saturday. He is 3-1 with a 3.18 ERA in four starts against the White Sox.

White Sox: LHP Jeff Samardzija (5-4) will make his second start of the season against Baltimore on Saturday. In his last start against the Orioles he gave up eight runs, seven earned, on 10 hits in five innings.

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