Rays 8, White Sox 3
Jeremy Hellickson and the Tampa Bay offense had another
Hellickson won his fourth consecutive start, Jose Molina had a
two-run homer during a five-run second inning, and the Rays beat
the Chicago White Sox 8-3 on Friday night.
”I felt the same when things were going bad,” Hellickson said.
”It’s just a matter of keeping the ball down, getting ahead and
making a big pitch when I need to.”
Hellickson (8-3) gave up one run, six hits and struck out nine
in seven innings, helping the Rays win for the sixth time in seven
”That’s pretty good stuff right there,” Rays manager Joe
Maddon said of Hellickson.
Hellickson was coming off a strong June when he went 5-1.
Molina hit his two-run drive and the following batter, Kelly
Johnson, connected for a solo shot three pitches later off Dylan
Axelrod (3-5) to start the second-inning surge that saw the Rays go
Later in the inning, Evan Longoria had an RBI single before Wil
Myers ended Axelrod’s night with a run-scoring double.
”As a team we’re doing a really good job of getting better
at-bats and that’s huge to make sure that the team keeps hitting
the way we’re doing right now,” Molina said.
It was Molina’s second homer this season and first since April
18. Tampa Bay has scored 36 runs over the past five games.
Axelrod, who has given up 10 homers in 22 1-3 innings over his
past five starts, allowed five runs and nine hits in 1 2-3
”They just jumped on Ax,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura
said. ”Everything was elevated, it seemed like. When he’s good,
he’s got people swinging and missing and balls kind of falling in
the dirt. Everything just seemed to be up today.”
The 1 2-3 innings was Axelrod’s shortest career start.
”I threw some balls up and they’re hot right now, so I’ll just
try to turn the page and think about my net start,” Axelrod
Myers’ sacrifice fly and a run-scoring single by Luke Scott made
it 7-0 in the fourth.
Josh Phegley got his first major league hit, an RBI single in
the fifth for the White Sox, who have lost seven of nine. Phegley,
who started at catcher, and center fielder Blake Tekotte, recalled
from Triple-A Charlotte before the game, were both in the starting
Gordon Beckham had an RBI single and Phegley added a sacrifice
fly in the ninth.
Longoria started at third base for the first time since leaving
a game on June 28 after irritating plantar fasciitis in his right
foot. He returned Tuesday for the first of three consecutive days
as the designated hitter.
”He was fine,” Maddon said. ”Not hurting at all.”
Tampa Bay’s James Loney singled in the first to extend his
hitting streak to a career-best 16 games. He drove in a run by
drawing a bases-loaded walk in the fifth.
Axelrod reached for Desmond Jennings’ low first-inning liner,
which knocked his glove to the ground. The pitcher picked up the
ball and threw out the speedy Rays’ leadoff man at first.
NOTES: White Sox RHP Jake Peavy, on the DL since June 6 due to a
broken rib, threw off a bullpen mound. ”Hopefully in the next week
or so he’ll be able to get a side (session) and be ready to go,”
Ventura said. Peavy will likely go out on a rehab assignment before
rejoining the team. … Rays RHP Alex Cobb had a bullpen session
for the first time since being hit in the right ear by a line drive
on June 15. There is no timetable for his return. … The White Sox
designated C Hector Gimenez for assignment. … SS Alexi Ramirez,
who played every inning for the White Sox this season entering the
game, was one of several Chicago players pulled after the top of