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CHICAGO -- John Danks took the mound again for the Chicago White Sox and looked like himself against the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.

After missing the first two months of the season trying to build arm strength in his surgically-repaired left shoulder, Danks hadn't won in his first three starts since coming off the disabled list May 24 against the Miami Marlins.

Danks made sure that changed in his fourth start by pitching eight strong innings and picking up the win in a 4-1 victory by the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

Danks (1-2) quickly turned a tough start to the game into a dominating performance.

After allowing a run on two hits and a walk in the first inning, he retired the next 21 hitters to set the stage for Chicago to surge ahead with three runs in the eighth.

Danks allowed one run on three hits in eight innings, striking out six and walking one, and Addison Reed picked up his 18th save with a scoreless ninth inning.

Alex Rios singled home Alejandro De Aza to give the Sox a 2-1 lead before Paul Konerko launched his sixth home run of the season into the left-field seats and putting Danks in position to pick up his first win of the season.

It was also the first win of the season against Oakland for the White Sox in six tries.

Chicago came into the game with losses in 10 of its previous 11 games and seemed destined to lose close games after having potential game-changing home runs erased by A's outfielders in the first two games of this four-game weekend series.

Danks' performance and the clutch hitting in the eighth gave the White Sox and their manager, Robin Ventura, something to feel good about for a change.

Adam Dunn also hit a home run for the White Sox as part of his 2-for-3 performance.

Tommy Milone started for the A's and got no decision, while reliever Sean Doolittle took the loss by allowing all three runs in the eighth.

Milone, who lasted seven innings and allowed one run, reversed a trend in his starts by having a strong outing in a day game played before nightfall.

Before this game, he was 0-3 with a 6.27 ERA in three daytime starts and 6-2 with a 3.14 ERA in nine night outings.

Locked in a pitching duel with Danks on Saturday, Milone struck out seven, walked one and allowed only four hits before giving way to the bullpen.

Oakland got on the board right away against Danks. The A's made it 1-0 in their half of the first inning on a walk and two singles, the second by Josh Donaldson to drive in Coco Crisp.

Brett Lowrie's double-play grounder saved Danks from giving up more.

Dunn then knotted the score, 1-1, with his 14th home run of the season to lead off the third, a towering, 429-foot shot off Milone that sailed over the fence in straightaway center field before smacking off the ivy-covered batter's eye.

Milone and Danks, however, settled into a rhythm after allowing the runs.

Danks allowed a single by Nate Freiman to start the second and then retired the next 18 hitters through the seventh. Following Dunn's home run, Milone retired 15 of the next 17 to keep it tied through the sixth.

Milone, who was 3-0 with a no-decision in his previous four starts, also escaped a potential White Sox rally in fourth without yielding a run.

After his own fielding error put runners at first and second with two out, Milone got Jeff Keppinger to pop out to end the inning.

NOTES: White Sox manager Robin Ventura returned for Saturday's game from a two-game absence for a family graduation in California. Ventura also addressed rumors that he might consider leaving his job either this year or after his contract runs out following the 2014 season. The White Sox came into Saturday's game nine games under .500 and losers in 10 of the previous 11 games. "For one reason or another there's a whisper (that) because it's going like this. I'm not going to come back. That's the furthest thing from the truth. For me, I'm in it for as long as I'm in it and then you go from there. A situation like this, I'd be ashamed to walk away just because it's tough. That's part of being in it with these guys. I'm here as much as they are, as far as turning it around and being ready to go." ... A's manager Bob Melvin said OF Chris Young wasn't able to start Saturday because he was sick. Melvin did not have a timetable for Young's return. ... Melvin said the A's will get a better read on the progression of LHP Brett Anderson's broken right foot when they get back to Oakland next week.
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