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Indians 5, White Sox 2: A total team loss

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Ugly first inning by John Danks is the last thing a struggling offense needed

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The score says the White Sox lost to the Indians, 5-2. It felt like it should've been worse, and they probably deserved to be shut out, but it's a third straight defeat and a lost series no matter what.

John Danks took the air out of the stadium by giving up four first-inning runs -- including back-to-back solo shots after he induced a run-scoring double play to supposedly eliminate further damage. That the scene for an incredibly frustrating evening that infected all facets.

First inning: Jose Abreu first-to-thirded Adam Eaton with one out, only to see Danny Salazar strike out Adam LaRoche and Avisail Garcia to end the threat. LaRoche at least worked a full count, but Garcia chased from the start.

Second inning: Danks allows his fifth -- and turns out to be final -- run when Roberto Perez scores from third on a nubber in front of the mound. Perez timed his break well, and even if Danks were in better position to take Abreu's throw home, he wouldn't have been able to apply the tag in time.

Third inning: After Emilio Bonifacio singles and Eaton walks to start the inning, Salazar strikes out Melky Cabrera and Abreu on nine pitches (none of them balls). LaRoche extends the inning with a bases-loading walk, but Salazar pumps a 98-mph fastball past Garcia to kill the threat.

Fifth inning: With one out and Cabrera on first, Abreu hits a deep drive just right of center. Michael Bourn flags it down on the warning track while Cabrera rounds second, and the Cleveland relay throw beats Cabrera back to first base for the double play.

Sixth inning: John Danks picks off Jose Ramirez, but the rundown falls apart after Bonifacio chased Ramirez back to Abreu. Abreu flipped the ball, then didn't get out of the way -- so he ended up catching the ball near the infield grass, allowing Ramirez to get around him without leaving the baseline, and end up safely back at first while the throw hit him. Instead of two outs and nobody on, Danks had one out and one on, and a walk ended his night short of six innings.

And if you wanted the Sox to get what they deserved, Tyler Flowers may have frustrated you in the ninth inning by turning on a hanging Bryan Shaw breaking ball for a Murder Time homer that nearly reached the concourse, just inside the left field foul pole. (Although it was satisfying to see him unleash it after a heckler behind home plate yelled, "IS IT HARD BEING THIS BAD AT YOUR JOB, TYLER?")

Danks appeared to be the early scapegoat, but he lasted long enough to leave the relief work to only Scott Carroll (2⅔ scoreless innings) and Hector Noesi (who worked the ninth). So that's just an ordinary subpar start, meaning just about everybody can take a share of the blame here.

Bullet points:

*The Sox did rack up three extra-base hits, at least -- a hustle double by Alexei Ramirez, a served soft liner down the left field line by Gordon Beckham, and the Flowers homer. But they also hit into two double plays.

*Before Abreu struck out in that frustrating third inning, he appeared to hurt his right hand while pulling a ball foul past third base. He stayed in the game, though, and did hit that drive to center.

Record: 18-20 | Box score | Play-by-play | Highlights