White Sox 9, Rays 2
A bunch of White Sox players started hitting again, all at
Omar Vizquel, A.J. Pierzynski, Carlos Quentin and Paul Konerko
each drove in two runs and the White Sox stopped a seven-game
losing streak with a 9-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on
”That’s the way we expected to play everyday, to be honest with
you,” Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. ”I don’t want to be
cocky. This team is allowed to play that way because of the way we
built this ballclub and the talent we have.”
The White Sox had been outscored 11-2 in losing the first three
games of the four-game series against Tampa Bay.
”We needed a game like that,” Guillen said. ”We need a game
to build confidence. We were desperate for a win. We all knew that.
We stayed positive. The guys were optimistic.”
Gavin Floyd (2-1) allowed two runs in six innings. He struck out
seven and hit two batters.
Sam Fuld had two RBIs for the Rays, who lost for just the second
time in 10 games.
Juan Pierre opened the first with a bunt single and went to
third when Rays third baseman Felipe Lopez was charged with an
error for an errant throw to first on the play. Pierre then scored
to make it 1-0 on Vizquel’s grounder.
”Definitely tried to get off to a good start and just get the
lead,” Pierre said. ”A sigh of relief just to have the lead in
that first inning.”
Pierre also started a four-run third against Jeff Niemann (0-3)
with another bunt single. Vizquel doubled home a run, Konerko and
Adam Dunn each had RBI singles and Pierzynski hit a sacrifice
”Pierre really set the tone with the bunts, and then Vizquel
… the top of the order pretty much set the tone for them,” Rays
manager Joe Maddon said.
Fuld cut the Rays’ deficit to 5-2 in the fourth with a two-run
Chicago took a 6-2 lead on Pierzynski’s RBI single in the fifth.
Quentin extended the advantage to 8-2 on a two-run double during
Konerko added an RBI single in the eighth.
”Maybe this might be a little momentum we need going into the
next series, but everybody all around had a good game,” Pierre
said. ”Just a good feeling to get a win, again.”
Niemann lasted just 4 2-3 innings, giving up six runs and six
hits. He struck out four, walked two, hit two batters and threw a
”The way the team’s playing right now, all you want to do is go
out there and keep the momentum rolling,” Niemann said. ”Giving
up a big inning, that is definitely going to halt the
Niemann is 1-8 with an 8.87 ERA in 11 starts since being on the
disabled list last year for a strained right shoulder.
Rays designated hitter Johnny Damon went 1 for 4 in his return
after missing the previous three games because of a left ring
finger injury. He picked up career hit 2,585, which moved him past
Reggie Jackson into 79th place all-time, on his third-inning
NOTES: Vizquel replaced 2B Gordon Beckham, who is mired in a 2
for 25 slide. Guillen said he may move Beckham out of the second
spot in the lineup to help the infielder relax. … Vizquel played
in his 2,855th game, which is one away from tying Robin Yount for
14th place all-time. … Damon has a 10-game hitting streak. … It
was Vizquel’s first multi-RBI game since last Aug. 27 against the
New York Yankees.