CHICAGO — John Danks is enjoying success and making it look easy with a string of impressive performances of late.
But the left-hander knows that getting to this point — nearly two years removed from shoulder surgery — was anything but easy.
“It's been a long, frustrating road to get back to here,” Danks said. “There were some days where you were having to fight doubt from creeping in.
“I think I'm beyond that.”
Gordon Beckham and Dayan Viciedo hit two-run home runs, Danks pitched effectively into the seventh inning and the Chicago White Sox snapped a four-game losing streak with an 8-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.
The slumping White Sox had managed a total of six runs in their previous four games, but busted through with a slew of clutch hits.
It was plenty of support for Danks (6-5), who settled down after a somewhat slow start and gave up two runs — one earned — and five hits in 6 1-3 innings. In his last five starts, the left-hander is 3-1 with a 1.51 ERA. His ERA for the season is down to 3.97.
“He has really gotten it together, from where he started early in the year,” manager Robin Ventura said. “He has pitched to where he's always giving us a chance right now. He becomes tough when he has the feel of the changeup like that and spotting his fastball. It just seems like he has a little more on it as far as spotting his fastball.”
Viciedo, who was just 2 for 23 on the homestand before Tuesday, went 2 for 4. His fifth-inning blast ended a stretch of 51 at-bats without an RBI.
Hunter Pence went 2 for 4 with a home run for the Giants, who have dropped four straight and seven of eight. Giants starter Matt Cain (1-5) allowed eight runs — seven earned — and 10 hits in five innings.