ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays entered Wednesday's game against the White Sox on a four-game skid, with their pitchers showing signs of fatigue on the heels of a long road trip. But Tampa Bay got just the jolt it needed from a Triple-A callup.Right-hander Jacob Faria dazzled in his Major
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays entered Wednesday's game against the White Sox on a four-game skid, with their pitchers showing signs of fatigue on the heels of a long road trip. But Tampa Bay got just the jolt it needed from a Triple-A callup.
Right-hander Jacob Faria dazzled in his Major League debut, pitching 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball in the Rays' 3-1 win over Chicago in St. Petersburg Wednesday.
"We needed a win," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "Generally you don't ask for a guy to come up and make his debut to provide that, but it worked out. He was outstanding for us."
The White Sox dropped their sixth of seven games, mustering just three hits off the Rays rookie and four total.
"You look at that ballgame, it wasn't an ugly ballgame. We just weren't able to score enough runs to stay ahead," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said.
The Tampa Bay offense came through for Faria in the third inning, pushing a trio of runs across against White Sox starter Mike Pelfrey. Timothy Beckham lined an RBI single to right field, where Avisail Garcia mishandled the ball. Garcia's error gave Logan Morrison time to score from second and put the Rays on top 2-1.
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One pitch later, third baseman Todd Frazier's throw home on Daniel Robertson's grounder wasn't quick enough to nab Colby Rasmus. The Rays' left fielder elusively adjusted his feet-first slide away from Kevan Smith's tag.
Chicago's first batter came around to score against Faria on Jose Abreu's RBI single, but the rookie settled in and held the White Sox off the board the rest of the way.
Faria's emotional adjustment after allowing a pair of hits within the first three batters impressed Cash the most.
"You could tell he was amped, and probably throwing some balls up in the zone," Cash said. "His energy, anxiety, whatever you want to call it, was not helping. But he was able to correct a lot of those issues really quickly for a young pitcher in that type of atmosphere."
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Bash it like Beckham: Beckham stepped up in the bottom of the third with the bases loaded. With the Rays down 1-0, the shortstop lined an opposite-field single to drive in Evan Longoria. Morrison followed Longoria home when the ball squirted behind Leury Garcia after bouncing off his glove, giving Tampa Bay a lead it would not relinquish.
White Sox start strong: The first White Sox batter came around to score for the second night in a row, when Abreu grounded an 0-2 pitch through the right side to bring home Garcia. Catcher Derek Norris aimed his glove inside but Faria's offering leaked out over toward the far side of the plate.
"He showed zero fear of attacking and getting outs within the zone. That's a big ask for a young guy to come in and come get some of these hitters out. But you've got to prove and establish that you're willing to get them out in the zone, not looking for a chase every single time they're going to swing. And he did that." -- Cash, on Faria
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Faria is the third pitcher in Rays franchise history making his Major League debut to go six or more innings while allowing a run or fewer. He follows Wade Davis in 2009 and Jeff Niemann in 2008.
White Sox: Chicago will wrap up its three-game set at the Trop by sending veteran lefty Derek Holland to the mound for the 6:10 p.m. CT start. Holland is coming off his worst start of the season after allowing eight earned runs on eight hits -- including three home runs -- against Detroit .
Rays: Tampa Bay righty Jake Odorizzi toes the rubber with an extra day of rest before the 7:10 ET game. Odorizzi made six starts in a busy month of May, but lasted only 2 1/3 innings in his Friday outing against Seattle, in which he was tagged for eight runs (three earned).
Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg.
J. Scott Butherus is a contributor to MLB.com.