BALTIMORE -- Chicago White Sox pitcher John Danks shrugged and offered a tip of his imaginary cap to Orioles counterpart Scott Feldman on Friday night in the visitors' clubhouse at Camden Yards.
The right-hander who Danks called "a ground-ball machine" handed the Sox their first shutout in more than a month in a 4-0 Orioles victory, the Sox's eighth straight loss.
The Sox managed just five hits against Feldman, who spent a brief stint with the Cubs this season and earned his first career complete-game shutout. The Sox failed to score a run for the first time since a 3-0 loss to the Tigers on Aug. 3 and have scored one run in two games against the Orioles this series.
"Scotty was good, man," Danks said. "He kept off us off-balance, had a good cutter. He was typical Feldman, getting ground balls. ... He was just on. He was able to throw all of his pitches for strikes and didn't make many mistakes."
Danks gave up four runs -- three on solo home runs -- on seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts in his eighth road loss of the season. The Sox have won only 24 of 74 games away from home.
The Orioles also hit three solo home runs against Sox pitcher Jose Quintana in their 3-1 victory Thursday night.
Danny Valencia continued the run with a shot to left-center field in the third inning. Valencia did more damage in the fifth when he just beat a throw from third baseman Jeff Keppinger to first for a two-out RBI single good for a 2-0 lead.
Danks gave up back-to-back home runs to Chris Davis and Matt Wieters in the sixth to end the scoring before Jake Petricka entered in relief.
"They obviously have a plan and stick to it," Danks said. "They make adjustments along the way and you have to try to stay one step ahead of them. They're all capable of hitting the ball out of the ballpark, so you make a mistake ... They do what good hitters are supposed to do with bad pitches."
The Sox had a chance to score in the fourth when Keppinger headed from second to home on a Paul Konerko single. He tried to hit the plate with his hand before being tagged but was called out, prompting Keppinger and Sox manager Robin Ventura to have a discussion with home plate umpire John Hirschbeck.
"I thought I beat him to the plate," Keppinger said. "I thought I got my hand in there. It happens. Seems like we have had a lot of calls go that way lately."
Keppinger was the only Sox player to advance beyond first base Friday. He and Konerko combined for four of the Sox hits.
"We've had our ups and downs all season," Keppinger said. "It seems like we were playing good there for a little while, and now we got on this trip and we haven't been able to scratch one. We're going to keep battling and trying to play good games. Hopefully we can come out on top."
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