Danks Pitches Well as Sox Beat Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES — White Sox third baseman Leury Garcia had never hit a home run in 73 career major league games entering Wednesday’s meeting with the Dodgers.

His first sailed over the center-field wall at Dodger Stadium in the third inning Wednesday night to give the Sox an early lead. From there, the Sox rode a strong pitching performance from left-hander John Danks to a 2-1 victory over the Dodgers that also won them the series.

Sox closer Ronald Belisario earned his second save in as many nights against his former team to secure Danks’ first victory since May 7 against the Cubs.

Garcia, who stands 5-foot-8 and weighs 170 pounds, hit the homer on the first pitch of the third from Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett for a 1-0 lead. Sox left fielder Adam Dunn added to the lead with a solo home run to right field in the fourth inning.

The Sox had more opportunities in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, but they left two runners on base to end each of those chances.

Beckett lasted six innings, allowing nine hits and those two earned runs, walking two and striking out six.

Danks had allowed just two earned runs over 15 total innings in his previous two starts.

He built on that Wednesday night, holding the Dodgers to one earned run on two hits over 7 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out five. Both hits were from Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon, the second a double in the eighth inning that drove Danks from the mound.

After reliever Zach Putnam entered and walked Yasiel Puig, pitching coach Don Cooper went to the mound for a talk. Sox manager Robin Ventura took the occasion to argue with home-plate umpire Kerwin Danley and was ejected. It was Ventura’s ninth career ejection and his second this season.

With Gordon on third, the Dodgers pulled within 2-1 on a fielder’s choice from Hanley Ramirez, who beat out a potential double play at first.

Sox catcher Adrian Nieto had worked with Danks most of this season, but Ventura opted to leave starter Tyler Flowers Wednesday because he said he has looked good hitting recently. Flowers hit a solo home run in Tuesday’s victory over the Dodgers.

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