Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu (79) celebrates with teammate Melky Cabrera after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday, July 3, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Paul Beaty
July 03, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) John Danks pitched his best baseball after a low point in his career.

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

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.

''I pitched my way into being the guy that gets skipped,'' said Danks. ''I understand that. My goal is to be consistent, go out there and work my way into being one of the top guys again. My job is when I get the ball is to go deep in the game and give us a chance to win. Hopefully, this will start a nice little run for me.''

Danks won for the first time since a victory against Houston on May 31st and last pitched on June 22nd.

''With the extra time, I was able to get on the mound a lot. Both days in St. Louis, Detroit,'' he said. ''I've been working on throwing the ball down in the zone. Changeup has always been my pitch. It was no different tonight. But changeup is no good if I'm not throwing the fastball for a strike. I was able to do that tonight. It made the changeup and the curve that much better.''

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

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

Jones can't pinpoint why Danks has his number.

''I don't know. Trust me, I wish I could answer it,'' Jones said. ''I knew I was struggling off of him, but I didn't know it was that bad. I didn't know I was 1 for 33 off him. He just keeps me off the barrel.''

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

''Any time guys got on base, they're not just sitting on one particular pitch. He threw great. Even in the seventh he got in that jam and he's got to go for a strikeout, and he gets it and he gets out of it,'' said White Sox manager Robin Ventura.

Orioles starter Ubaldo 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.

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.

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