ST PETERSBURG -- Three home runs paved the way for the White Sox to claim a 4-2 win over the Rays Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.The Rays (29-31) took their fourth consecutive loss while the White Sox (25-31) snapped a five-game losing skid."We don't think about losing streaks]," White Sox
ST PETERSBURG -- Three home runs paved the way for the White Sox to claim a 4-2 win over the Rays Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.
The Rays (29-31) took their fourth consecutive loss while the White Sox (25-31) snapped a five-game losing skid.
"We don't think about [losing streaks]," White Sox second baseman Yolmer Sanchez said. "We just come out to the ballpark and work hard and try to get better. That's it."
Avisail Garcia led off the seventh with his ninth home run of the season on a 1-0 pitch from Rays starter Chris Archer. The barreled ball traveled 434 feet into the left-field stands with an exit velocity of 112.3 mph and a 35-degree launch angle, as projected by Statcast™.
"He continues to put steady, solid approaches and putting good wood on the ball," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "He continues to make adjustments and showing consistency."
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Sanchez opened the game with a reviewed home run to center field off Archer. Evan Longoria answered with an RBI single off Jose Quintana in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game at 1. After that, both starters began hanging zeros on the scoreboard.
Jose Abreu came through with an RBI single in the eighth to push the White Sox lead to 3-1. Rays catcher Jesus Sucre cut into the lead with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth, but Todd Frazier homered off Ryan Garton to start the ninth and equal the final margin. Frazier's barreled ball traveled 430 feet to center field with an exit velocity of 103.9 mph and a 29-degree launch angle, as projected by Statcast™.
Archer allowed two runs on five hits while striking out 11 in seven innings, but came away with his fourth loss of the season. Quintana allowed one run on four hits and four walks while striking out seven in 5 1/3 innings to earn a no-decision.
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Archer "gave us every opportunity to win," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "Exactly what we wanted coming in today after the off-day and after a tough three-game series in Seattle. Great job by Archer."
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Sanchez's home run: Sanchez's first-inning home run came with a twist. The White Sox second baseman hit the ball to center field and Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier seemed to have a bead on the ball as he raced to his left. But the ball then headed in the opposite direction, bringing the conclusion that the ball struck the "C" or "D" ring, making the ruling a home run. After a crew chief review, the ruling on the field stood as the umpires could find no video evidence to negate the call.
"I just hit the ball and [ran] to get a double or triple," Sanchez said. "I didn't see if the ball hit something. I don't know, but good for me."
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Beck's escape: With the score tied at 1 in the bottom of the sixth, Quintana walked Timothy Beckham to start the inning and Kiermaier followed with a single to right. The White Sox lefty then struck out Rickie Weeks Jr. for the third time before giving way to right-hander Chris Beck. He promptly issued an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Brad Miller then escaped the jam by getting Sucre to ground into a 4-6-3 double-play.
"We got guys on, just weren't able to get them in. When they pitched around Longo to get to me, I needed to come through and I didn't. That's why you play 162 of them and hopefully tomorrow there will be a different scenario." -- Logan Morrison, on the Rays' inability to come through in the clutch Tuesday night
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After departing with the game tied 1-1 in the sixth, Quintana did not factor into the decision. It was the lefty's 62nd no-decision since 2012, the most in the Major Leagues during that time.
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White Sox: Chicago will send veteran right-hander Mike Pelfrey (2-4, 3.86 ERA) to the mound for the second game of the series at Tropicana Field on Wednesday at 6:10 p.m. CT. Pelfrey has pitched well over his last three starts, going 2-0 while allowing just two earned runs and striking out 15 in 16 innings.
Rays: Tampa Bay calls up righty Jacob Faria from Durham to make his Major League debut Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. ET. Faria has displayed swing-and-miss stuff in Triple-A this year, as he has fanned 12.9 per nine innings, with his fastball-changeup pairing taking much of the credit for his success.
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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.
J. Scott Butherus is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg and covered the White Sox on Tuesday.