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So far, Pittsburgh hasn't caught Alvarezmania the way Washington is embracing rookie Stephen Strasburg, who, coincidentally, faces the White Sox on Friday. The crowd of 15,218 was only slightly larger than Tuesday night's turnout of 12,693, despite gorgeous weather and a day's worth of buildup.
Danks wasn't as dominating as he was in limiting Detroit to one hit in seven shutout innings during a 3-0 victory on June 10, but was in control throughout while striking out six and walking two. Danks has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 10 of 13 starts.
As usual, one bad inning did in Pirates starter Zach Duke (3-8), who has lost four in a row while winning only once in 12 starts. The first five White Sox batters reached base in the fourth, with Alexei Ramirez tripling after Pierre's leadoff single. Alex Rios and Quentin followed with run-scoring singles.
Rios and Quentin doubled around Konerko's single during a two-run sixth.
NOTES: Pirates starters have won once in 26 games since Duke beat Phillies ace Roy Halladay 2-1 on May 18. ... The Pirates have lost 16 of 19. ... Pirates RHP Ross Ohlendorf, who starts Thursday, is winless in 13 starts since Aug. 18. ... Pirates 1B Steve Pearce (ankle) will begin a rehabilitation assignment at Class A Bradenton on Thursday. ... The White Sox are 6-2 in interleague play, while the Pirates are 0-5. Chicago is 30-14 against the NL since 2008.
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