Rays 4, White Sox 1
The at-bats were better for the White Sox. The results, however,
were the same.
Chicago just can’t seem to snap out of its offensive funk.
The White Sox were shut down Wednesday night by Wade Davis, who
pitched seven solid innings for the Tampa Bay Rays in a 4-1 victory
that extended Chicago’s losing streak to seven.
Carlos Quentin homered for Chicago, which has been outscored
11-2 through three games of a four-game series against Tampa
”Just write what I said yesterday,” Chicago manager Ozzie
Guillen said with a smile. ”The same type of game. They continue
to play good defense. We struggle at the plate.”
Guillen said the White Sox swung the bat better, a hopeful sign
for a team that has scored 20 runs in the last nine games.
”That’s all you can do. Go fight for your at-bat and see what
happen,” Guillen said.
Davis (2-2) allowed one run and six hits. John Jaso put the Rays
ahead 2-0 on a two-run homer off Phil Humber (1-2) during the
Tampa Bay (9-9) has won eight of nine to become the second team
since 1900 – joining the 1991 Seattle Mariners – to reach .500 in
April after starting the season with a six-game losing streak.
Guillen tweaked his lineup, dropping designated hitter Adam Dunn
from third to fifth. Quentin moved up two spots to third. Dunn went
1 for 3, including a double.
Dunn, who missed six games after having an emergency
appendectomy on April 6, entered with just two hits in 27 at-bats
over his previous seven games.
”It will come around,” Dunn said. ”I know I will come out of
Humber gave up four runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings.
After Joel Peralta worked a perfect eighth, Kyle Farnsworth got
the final three outs for his fourth save.
The White Sox loaded the bases – including walks to Quentin and
Dunn – with two outs in the first, but failed to score when Alex
Rios lined out deep to left.
Davis got defensive help from right fielder Matt Joyce, who made
a leaping catch at the wall on Juan Pierre’s drive with two on and
one out in the fifth. Gordon Beckman, mired in a 2 for 25 slide,
then hit an infield pop fly to end the inning.
”The ball Juan Pierre hit, I don’t know how the guy got there
to catch that ball,” Chicago catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. ”That
is the way it’s going right now. We need to keep fighting, keep our
heads up and do everything we can to try and win.”
Casey Kotchman made it 3-0 with a fourth-inning RBI double.
Joyce had a run-scoring double in the fifth that extended the Rays’
advantage to 4-0.
”They got big hits … we don’t,” Guillen said.
Quentin’s sixth-inning homer pulled Chicago within 4-1. 14 of 21
hits this season have gone for extra bases.
Pierzynski was ejected by plate umpire Brian Knight after
grounding out to end the top of sixth. The pair had a discussion
near the plate as Pierzynski, who was unhappy about a call during
his at-bat, was returning to the dugout.
NOTES: Tampa Bay DH Johnny Damon was out the lineup for third
straight game due to a left ring finger injury. Damon said there
was soreness when took batting practice, but that he plans to hit
again on Thursday. … Guillen is not sure when he’ll give Rios
(sore toe) a day off. Rios told Guillen that he doesn’t need a
rest. … Rays 1B Dan Johnson (left wrist) was the DH after missing
the previous two games. … Chicago is hitting .193 over the last