CHICAGO (AP) — Jeff Keppinger drove in the winning run on a single in the 11th and John Danks was solid in his season debut and the Chicago White Sox beat the Miami Marlins 4-3 on Friday night.
Paul Konerko started the rally with a one-out single. Pinch runner Tyler Greene moved to third when Dayan Viciedo singled off the glove of second baseman Derek Dietrich.
After Ryan Webb (1-2) intentionally walked Conor Gillaspie, Keppinger singled to left field.
Nate Jones (1-4) pitched two-thirds of an inning for the win.
Danks allowed three runs and four hits in six innings in his first start since undergoing shoulder surgery in August to repair a capsule tear and remove debris in his rotator cuff and biceps. He struck out five, walked none and hit a batter in the opener of the interleague series.
Danks went 3-4 with a 5.70 ERA in nine starts last season as the team’s opening day starter. He last pitched May 19, 2012, against the Cubs. The left-hander made four minor-league rehab starts before debuting Friday.
Marlins starter Tom Koehler gave up three runs in six innings in his first career interleague start. He struck out three and walked one. Koehler remained in the game after a Keppinger line drive struck him on the back of his right shoulder in the third inning.
The Marlins tied it 3-3 in the seventh. Marcell Ozuna led off with a double, forcing Danks from the game.
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(Photo: Chicago White Sox’s Hector Gimenez hits an one-run single during the fifth inning of an interleague baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Friday, May 24, 2013, in Chicago. Nam Y. Huh/ Associated Press.)