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Orioles 10, White Sox 2: Winning streak dies with John Danks

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Fifth starter roughed up in opener in Baltimore

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You never want to see a winning streak come to an end, but given how many close games the White Sox have played over the first three weeks, a blowout isn't the worst way to go about it.

Unless you're John Danks, maybe.

Pitching on extended rest didn't solve any of his problems. He barely touched 89 (and didn't even average 88), he fell behind hitters early, and after avoiding a crooked number in the first inning with the help from his defense, the walls eventually came crashing down in a four-run third.

He created his own problems by walking ninth-hitting Caleb Joseph on four pitches, and a fielder's choice from Joey Rickard, while getting an out, replaced the catcher with a faster runner, who came around to score on Manny Machado's game-tying double to the right field corner.

The game wasn't tied for long. The next batter, Chris Davis, hammered a first-pitch 87 mph fastball out to right center to give the Orioles a 4-2 lead, and Mark Trumbo made it back-to-back after getting a favorable 3-1 count.

Danks was at least able to complete five, but an attempt to get a sixth inning didn't go well, as J.J. Hardy chased him immediately with a double. In came Jake Petricka, who was beset by bad luck. First, Brett Lawrie booted a harder grounder, and the run came around to score. Jonathan Schoop followed by hitting a dribbler that hugged the chalk and never spun into foul territory for a single.

Two batters later, Petricka walked Rickard on four pitches to load the bases, and Manny Machado unloaded them by hammering a first-pitch hanging slider out to left for a grand slam and a season-high 10 runs allowed by White Sox pitching.

The blowout margin did take some of the focus off the White Sox offense, whichi did a nice job of racking up pitch counts, but not such a great job at getting anything out of it. Todd Frazier put the Sox ahead 2-0 in the first when he waited back on a Tyler Wilson curve and put it in the left field seats six rows deep.

That was it for the White Sox offense, as other potential rallies turned into false starts. They made Tyler Wilson throw 91 pitches over 4⅔ innings, and when he left, Mychal Givens walked Jose Abreu to load the bases and put the White Sox one swing away from being back in it. But Frazier swung through a couple of high fastballs to end the threat.

Likewise in the sixth, Avisail Garcia and Hector Sanchez singled with two outs to bring the tying run to the plate in the form of Austin Jackson, but Jackson swung over a 2-2 curve for the strikeout.

The Sox had a lot of prolonged at-bats. Jackson saw 24 pitches over his four at-bats, Abreu saw 22, and Lawrie 21, but they went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position when they had a chance to cash in runners. At least Wilson didn't get the win, so, there's that.

Bullet points:

*The Sox outfield contributed a couple more fine plays. The Sox saved Danks a run with a beautiful relay from Jackson to Jimmy Rollins to Sanchez to get the third out in the first inning, and Adam Eaton contributed a 9-3 double play on an aggressive Rickard after flagging down a fly ball. (He also nearly made a diving play in the ninth, but it was ruled a trap.)

*Both Sanchezes -- Hector and Carlos -- made their 2016 debuts, as did Daniel Webb, who pitched the ninth. He didn't walk a batter in Charlotte, but he walked one during his first game back in the majors.

*Abreu's numbers are moving in the right direction, as he went 2-for-3 with a walk.

Record: 16-7 | Box score | Highlights