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Danks and White Sox rocked by Indians in Cleveland

CLEVELAND -- The White Sox have been shedding pieces of their starting rotation throughout the first month of the season because of injuries and breakdowns.

They certainly didn't need left-hander John Danks, one of their two remaining rotation staples, to fall to pieces in the first inning against the Indians on Friday night at Progressive Field.

Danks allowed five first-inning runs -- more than the Indians had scored in any game on a six-game losing streak entering play -- and the Sox never caught up in a 12-5 loss.

Danks gave up eight earned runs on 10 hits over five innings as the Sox lost their third straight game after dropping two to the Tigers. Danks has lost two straight after throwing a career-high 123 pitches but lasting only 52/3 innings in his last start Saturday.

The Sox have gone through nine starting pitchers this season after temporarily losing Chris Sale and Felipe Paulino to injuries and demoting Erik Johnson because of inconsistency. Only Danks and Jose Quintana started the season in the rotation and remain there.

"I don't know what I did good," Danks said. "I feel like I made some decent pitches they were able to either fight off or place them. There wasn't a whole lot to take from tonight.

"I have to throw more strikes. It's not rocket science. You have to get into pitchers' counts. I'm playing in hitters' counts way too much and getting burned for it."

A trip to the disabled list is a possibility for Sox center fielder Adam Eaton after he left in the fourth inning with a strained right hamstring aggravated while trying to beat a double-play throw to first base. Eaton previously had injured his left hamstring/knee and missed five games last month, but this is a different injury he has been fighting through for about a week. At the very least, Eaton will miss Saturday's game.

"Legs are the game that I play, so I'm not 100 percent sure but (the DL is) what I'd say we're leaning toward," Eaton said. "Just because we want to get everything right, and I'm not doing any good when I'm (playing) at 80 percent."

With one out in the first inning, Danks allowed three singles, two doubles and two walks to help the Indians to a 5-0 lead.

Indians third baseman Carlos Santana added a home run in the second. Michael Bourn hit an RBI single in the third inning, and left fielder Michael Brantley hit a home run to right-center field in the fifth as Danks left with the Sox trailing 8-4.

Sox relievers Scott Downs and Maikel Cleto allowed four more runs in the sixth inning as the Indians pulled away.

The Sox countered with some damage against Indians right-hander Danny Salazar but also hit into three inning-ending double plays in the first five innings.

The Sox scored three second-inning runs, coming on RBI singles from Alejandro De Aza and Adrian Nieto and a passed ball that allowed De Aza to score. Sox first baseman Jose Abreu hit his 11th homer of the season high to left field in the fifth inning off Salazar.

"We had chances," Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "We had guys on base. The kid pitched out of it. Even though he didn't go very long, he pitched out of some tough jams."

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