Danks had his best start of the season for the Chicago White Sox, but the New York Yankees got to Ronald Belisario for three runs in the ninth and won 4-3 on Jacoby Ellsbury’s two-out homer off Putnam in the 10th inning.
Dellin Betances (3-0) pitched a perfect inning for the win and David Robertson finished for his 10th save in 11 chances, bouncing back nicely after yielding Adam Dunn’s game-ending homer in Chicago’s 6-5 victory on Friday night.
“Last night was a tough one. The team battled really hard, we got the lead and I wasn’t able to nail it down,” Robertson said. “They did the same thing today and I was not going to let them down today.”
Danks pitched eight shutout innings. The left-hander, who was 1-4 with an 8.23 ERA in his previous five starts, allowed three hits, struck out four and walked none.
“I thought he was jumping ahead,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “He had a great changeup working. Curveball, he was able to locate. I think when he’s able to do that, he becomes tough.”
Belisario then came in to pitch the ninth in his fourth save opportunity of the season. The right-hander took over as closer after Matt Lindstrom injured his left ankle last Monday at Kansas City.
Ellsbury reached on a one-out single, but Belisario was in position for his third save when he struck out Mark Teixeira for the second out. Then it all fell apart in a hurry for the closer, who has allowed at least one run in each of his last three outings.
“That’s the game,” Belisario said. “I’m making good pitches. They hit it. I don’t even know where. No luck today.”
Pinch-hitter Brian McCann then completed the comeback with a bloop single into center field, driving in Solarte with the tying run. Brendan Ryan grounded out to end the inning, and the crowd of 33,413 booed as Belisario made his way to the dugout.
“Obviously huge at-bats to get us going,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We hadn’t done much up to that point.”