Royals shut out by White Sox in series opener

Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham throws to first for the double play hit into by Kansas City Royals' Billy Butler after forcing Eric Hosmer out at second during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham throws to first for the double play hit into by Kansas City Royals' Billy Butler after forcing Eric Hosmer out at second during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - John Danks shut down Kansas City’s scuffling offense for eight innings, and the Chicago White Sox did just enough damage against Ervin Santana to squeak out a 2-0 victory over the Royals on Tuesday night.

Danks (3-10) ended an eight-start winless streak by scattering seven hits and a walk. That the veteran left-hander’s finest start of the season came against the Royals wasn’t much of a surprise: Danks improved to 5-0 against them in 13 career starts.

Addison Reed worked around a leadoff single in the ninth for his 32nd save. It wrapped up the first shutout win for the last-place White Sox since a 3-0 victory against the Los Angeles Angels on May 17.

Gordon Beckham homered off Santana (8-7) in the first inning for the only earned run.

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