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Seattle finally got on the board against Danks in the eighth. Halman led off with an infield single and advanced to second after first baseman Adam Dunn couldn't glove a pickoff attempt by Danks. After advancing to third on Ichiro Suzuki's groundout, Halman scored on Brendan Ryan's single.
The White Sox missed a scoring chance in the first on a baserunning gaffe. With one out and Juan Pierre on first, Carlos Quentin drove the ball to the left-center wall. Halman nearly made a running catch into the wall, but the ball popped out of his glove.
Pierre was unclear if Halman made the catch and was about to retreat to first, until he looked behind him and saw Quentin a few feet behind him at second. After retreating back to second, Pierre was forced to go to third with Quentin closing in and Pierre was easily thrown out at third by Smoak's relay.
Brent Lillibridge saved a run in the third inning by making a diving catch on Ryan's ball. Halman, who was running with two outs would've easily scored from first.
Danks rebounded from his worst performance of the season. In his last start May 29 at Toronto, Danks gave up nine runs and nine hits -- including three homers -- over four innings in a 13-4 loss. He became the first White Sox pitcher since Eddie Smith in 1942 to start 0-8.
Pierzynski said the difference with Danks on Monday night was his changeup.
"He finally found his slider and he finally found his changeup. I think this will be a good start for things to come," Pierzynski said.
Dunn struck out in the eighth with the bases loaded, going 0 for 4, dropping his average to .176.
NOTES: The MRI on RHP Jake Peavy showed a mild right groin strain. He will be evaluated on a daily basis. ... The White Sox hired Robin Ventura as special adviser to player development director Buddy Bell. ... The last time the White Sox won nine straight at home against the Mariners was May 10, 1994, to May 12, 1995. ... The White Sox selected switch-hitting outfielder Keenyn Walker with their first pick of the baseball draft. Walker hit .402 with four home runs and 50 RBIs for Central Arizona. Walker, 20, was picked 47th overall.
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