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Danks injured, but White Sox beat Nationals

Jun 26, 2011 - 1:50 AM Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Chicago's relievers silenced the Washington bats as the White Sox beat the red-hot Nationals, 3-0, in the second of three games at U.S. Cellular Field.

After starter John Danks left the game in the second inning with a strained right oblique, Brian Bruney, Jake Peavy and Sergio Santos combined for 7 1/3 shutout innings to secure Chicago's fifth win in seven games.

Peavy (4-1) earned the win after throwing four innings, his first career relief appearance in 239 games.

Ramon Castro went 2-for-3 with two RBI and Carlos Quentin knocked in a run for the White Sox.

Ian Desmond and Roger Bernadina had the only two hits for Washington, which had won four in a row and 12 of 13.

The Nationals won the opener of the series on Friday, a wild 9-5 decision in 14 innings. It was also the first game they played under interim manager John McLaren, who took over after Jim Riggleman abruptly resigned on Thursday.

McLaren remained at his post Saturday, as the Nationals have yet to announce the hiring of Davey Johnson. Several media sources reported Friday that the experienced manager will take over the club in the near future.

Washington starter Tom Gorzelanny (2-6) gave up only one run on seven hits over seven frames, while also striking out eight and walking one.

"Going 14 innings and using every single guy out there (yesterday) I kind of realized today was a big day," Gorzelanny said. "I had to go out there and give it everything I had to go as far as I could in this game."

The run he allowed came in the first inning, when Brent Lillibridge led off with a single, then moved to third on a Brent Morel single through the hole at second. With runners on the corners, Quentin knocked in Lillibridge with a sacrifice fly to left field.

Because of the White Sox's pitching staff, the run was enough to give Gorzelanny the loss.

"I felt fine, I felt better today than I did on my start the other day," Peavy said. "I needed to do it for my team, that's the bottom line. We had to find a way to win the game to give us a chance to win the series tomorrow."

Chicago added two more insurance runs in the eighth. Paul Konerko opened the inning with a single to left-center before he was replaced by pinch-runner Omar Vizquel. Vizquel advanced to second on a wild pitch with Adam Dunn at the plate, and Dunn walked before being replaced by Mark Teahen on the bases.

Alex Rios then beat out an infield single to third. With the bases loaded, Castro laced a single to right, knocking in Vizquel and Teahen for a 3-0 lead.

Santos pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to earn the save, his 15th in 2011.

Game Notes

Rios went 3-for-4, his third three-hit game of the season. Morel also had three hits for the White Sox...Washington fell to 7-4 in interleague play in 2011...Johnson is 1,148-888 lifetime as a manager with his last appearance as skipper coming in 2000 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He captured a World Series title in 1986 with the New York Mets.