John Danks will have to wait again to earn his 60th career game.
Danks’ troubles against Detroit continued Wednesday night, as he fell to 4-8 lifetime after a 6-2 loss at U.S. Cellular Field.
The Sox (39-59) fell 20 games under .500 for the first time since Sept. 26, 2007, when they were 69-89.
Danks (2-8), who allowed 11 hits in seven innings, hasn’t beaten the Tigers since July 27, 2011. Since that victory, Danks is 0-3 with a 11.89 ERA in his last four starts against the Tigers, who didn’t have the services of Miguel Cabrera because of a sore left hip flexor.
Danks went winless for the fourth consecutive start.
Prince Fielder hit a three-run home run in the first inning, and Austin Jackson hit a solo homer in the second. Jackson is 12-for-29 with three home runs lifetime against Danks.
Torii Hunter, who was courted by the Sox as a free agent after the 2007 season and received a hug from Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf before the game, hit a solo home run off Danks with one out in the fifth.
The Tigers displayed their hitting depth in the sixth when the bottom of the order – Don Kelly, Hernan Perez and Alex Avila – hit consecutive singles with two out to stretch the lead to 6-0.
Alejandro De Aza led off the first with a single, stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Alex Avila with no out but was left stranded.
Shortstop Alexei Ramirez committed a throwing error in the fourth, his third error in three games and the Sox’s eighth in three games.
That didn’t haunt the Sox as much as their inability to quickly turn a double play on Hunter’s grounder in the first prior to Fielder’s homer.
Anibal Sanchez threw six shutout innings against the Sox, who finally scored in the seventh on a single by Ramirez off reliever Bruce Rondon.
Dayan Viciedo led off the bottom of the ninth with an opposite field homer off Luke Putkonen.