CHICAGO --- John Danks settled down after a shaky start to outpitch Tommy Hanson as the Chicago White Sox won their seventh consecutive game, 9-6 over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.
In snapping Atlanta's five-game winning streak, the White Sox won for the 11th time in 12 games. They improved to 35-34 -- the first time they have been over .500 since they were 1-0.
Chicago had 13 of its season-high 16 hits during Hanson's 3w innings. The first 10 were singles before Carlos Quentin's three-run homer put the White Sox up 9-3 in the fourth. It was their first home run in nine games, since Alex Rios went deep June 12.
All seven wins during Chicago's longest winning streak since last July have come against NL teams. The White Sox are 11-2 in interleague play; the Braves 7-3.
Danks (7-5) spotted Atlanta a 3-0 lead before retiring 15 of his last 18 batters. He ended up allowing six hits in seven innings to win his third start in a row.
Hanson (7-4) surrendered a career-high nine runs as his four-game winning streak ended. He had been 4-0 with a 0.75 ERA against AL teams and had a string of 23 consecutive scoreless innings in interleague play before A.J. Pierzynski's two-run single in the second.
Hanson's ERA rose from 3.38 to 4.17, and he didn't record a strikeout for the first time in his two-year career.
Great starting pitching has fueled Chicago's turnaround, with a 2.16 ERA during the 11-1 surge. Danks seemed ready to break that string, giving up Martin Prado's leadoff homer and Brooks Conrad's two-run double in the second, but he retired the next 11 batters.
The White Sox sent 10 men to the plate and scored five times in the second on two-run singles by Pierzynski and Omar Vizquel and Rios' RBI infield hit. Hanson threw 36 pitches in the inning.
Alexei Ramirez's third-inning single made it 6-3 before the White Sox broke open the game in the fourth.
Paul Konerko, Ramirez and Pierzynski had three singles apiece for the White Sox. Konerko is batting .429 over his past 19 games.
Brian McCann homered and Conrad had an RBI double in the ninth for the Braves.