John Danks celebrated his 23rd birthday with his first win in 12 starts, taking a shutout into the eighth inning to lead the Chicago White Sox past the Oakland Athletics 4-1 Tuesday for a two-game split. Chicago just missed its third shutout in four games, the White Sox kept the team that entered the game with the American League's best record in check.
The Athletics won six of their first seven on this eight-game road trip, but they couldn't touch Danks after beating Mark Buehrle 2-1 on Monday. Carlos Quentin hit a three-run homer in the fourth, and that was enough to make the left-hander a winner for the first time since he beat Cleveland on July 16. Danks (1-1) left to a standing ovation and tipped his cap after Travis Buck singled with two outs in the eighth.