- Associated Press - Thursday, June 5, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - After watching his team record only two hits and lose for the sixth time in eight games, Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly didn’t mince words in his assessment of the slumping Dodgers.

“We’re just not that good,” Mattingly said after a 2-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night. “We’re just not getting it done. Losing at home, away, whatever. Just basically being (expletive).”

Dee Gordon was responsible for the Dodgers’ only hits, a bunt single to lead off the first and a double in the eighth. Otherwise they couldn’t touch White Sox starter John Danks, who pitched 7 1-3 innings, gave up both hits and the run and struck out five.

“He just mixed his pitches well and kept us off balance all night,” Gordon said. “The guys are frustrated. We have the talent but we’re not winning games. It’s frustrating for everyone.”

The Dodgers, with a record $239 million dollar payroll, fell to eight games out of first place.

“I really think you should talk to (the players),” Mattingly said. “I’m tired of answering questions, honestly.”

Danks (4-5) entered the game 1-3 with a 6.83 ERA in five road starts this season but was able to conquer his problems away from home.

He threw 107 pitches and didn’t allow a baserunner past second base. He walked three and hit two batters, but worked around those miscues.

“I felt like I was able to make a pitch when I needed to,” he said. “It wasn’t as sharp as I’d like but I guess you can call it effectively wild.”

He also had an infield single in the sixth inning, just his second hit in 28 career plate appearances.

“Even a blind squirrel finds a nut,” he chuckled. “That’s pure luck right there.”

His effort was just enough to outdo Dodgers starter Josh Beckett (3-3), who delivered a quality start but suffered his second consecutive loss since throwing a no-hitter against Philadelphia on May 25. The right-hander went six innings and allowed two runs and nine hits, walked two and struck out six.

A pair of homers helped put Danks in position for the win, including the first of Leury Garcia’s major league career.

Garcia was homerless in his first 74 career games, but ended that drought in impressive fashion. The 23-yer old Dominican belted a first-pitch fastball deep over the center field fence, an estimated 400 feet, to stake Chicago to a 1-0 lead.

“He has power, it’s just more of his game is hitting on the ground,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “He hit it at the right time of day that’s for sure. Ball carries earlier here, if it was later in the night it may not have gone out.”

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