The Chicago White Sox recorded their first shutout since May 17 and extended their winning streak to four games with a 2-0 victory in the three-game series opener at Kauffman Stadium against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
Sox starter John Danks (3-10, 4.22 ERA) went eight scoreless innings, gave up seven hits, struck out two and walked one. The victory extends Danks winning streak to six games against the Royals.
Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham hit a solo home run, his fourth of the season, to left field off Royals starter Ervin Santana (8-7, 3.13 ERA) to give the Sox an early 1-0 lead in the first.
The Sox took a 2-0 lead when Paul Konoerko hit a leadoff double to left in the second inning before scoring from third on a passed ball that bounced behind Royals catcher Salvador Perez.
Santana gave up four hits and one earned run, struck out five and walked two in six innings.
Conor Gillaspie started for the first time since suffering a bruised left hand on Friday night at third base for Jeff Keppinger, who was dealing with lower back soreness.
Sox right-hander Andre Rienzo (0-0, 3.70 ERA) and Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (12-9, 4.15 ERA) are the projected starters for Wednesday night’s game in Kansas City at 7:10 p.m. CT (CSN, WSCR 670).