Jordan Danks' homer sparks White Sox win
Shot in 10th first of spring; Johnson starts rally with two-run HR
MESA, Ariz. -- The White Sox clinched a preseason split with their crosstown rivals with Jordan Danks' 10th-inning home run lifting the South Siders to a 7-5 victory over the Cubs.
Danks led off the extra frame with his first spring home run off Marcus Mateo. The White Sox then added an unearned run.Trailing, 5-3, the Cubs got two bases-loaded walks in the eighth inning to forge a tie. The White Sox rallied for five runs in the top of the sixth inning. Dan Johnson started the rally by crushing a two-run homer off his former Rays teammate Andy Sonnanstine, and they added three more in the frame against the Cubs' right-hander.
With the other half of the club in Las Vegas for a weekend two-game set against Texas, Cubs starter Casey Coleman looked sharp. He worked three scoreless innings in which he allowed two hits and retired the first seven batters he faced.
Coleman's counterpart, Zach Stewart, didn't fare so well. He was hit hard in the second inning, but did manage to limit the damage a bit.
The North Siders tacked on another run in the fourth on a perfectly placed suicide squeeze from right fielder Tony Campana that he beat out for his second single of the day.
The game was delayed by about 30 minutes because of rain, and it was played in a chilly, overcast setting.
The Cubs beat the White Sox, 5-1, in their first meeting of the spring on March 9.Up next for White Sox: Chris Sale makes his third Cactus League start on Monday, as he continues to build momentum and innings in his move from late-inning reliever to a productive member of the rotation. Sale has not been happy with the results from his first two starts, but the stuff is there for the southpaw and should be on display in the team's first Cactus League game against the Reds at home at Camelback Ranch. Look for Hector Santiago, a veritable lock to break camp with the team, to also get into action in this contest to be carried live at 3:05 p.m. CT on whitesox.com via an exclusive video webcast.
AJ Cassavell is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.