White Sox @ Indians: Danks Powers White Sox to First Win of Season

Steve JankowskiAnalyst IApril 3, 2008

The Chicago White Sox salvaged the final game of the season-opening three game set in Cleveland behind a strong outing by left-hander John Danks.

Danks didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning, when Casey Blake led off the inning with a single.  He allowed one run on two hits in 6.2 innings.

Juan Uribe and Joe Crede provided all the offense Chicago would need with solo homers in the sixth and eighth innings, respectively.  Crede's blast came after Cleveland tied the game at one in the seventh when Travis Hafner drew a walk, and Ryan Garko doubled over right-fielder Jermaine Dye's head.

The win for the White Sox prevented a season-opening sweep and gives the club positive momentum as they head to Detroit for a three-game set starting tomorrow afternoon.

Bobby Jenks retired the side in order to record his first save of 2008, after saving 40 one year ago.

More importantly to the White Sox and their fans, Octavio Dotel and Scott Linebrink were effective in the seventh and eighth innings to give Jenks the lead in the ninth.

Officially, Dotel got the win, but Danks deserved it. 

The White Sox now head to Detroit to take on a reeling Tigers team that was swept at home by the Royals.  Jose Contreras will get the start tomorrow afternoon in game one.  He will be opposed by Nate Robertson.