Chicago at Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay
W: J. Colome (1-0) L: S. Takatsu (0-2)
HR: CHW - None   TB - T. Hall (2), J. Cantu (5)

Devil Rays 7, White Sox 6

CBS wire reports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The bottom of Tampa Bay's batting order came through one more time, finally ruining the night for the Chicago White Sox.

Jorge Cantu homered with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the last-place Devil Rays a 7-6 victory Tuesday night, their second in as many days over the team with baseball's best record.

"The baseball is not bouncing our way right now. Hopefully that will change," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said after watching his pitchers give up three walks, five hits and seven RBIs to the bottom three hitters in Tampa Bay's lineup.

"That's going to happen to the best teams in baseball," Guillen added. "Don't think we're that good."

The Devil Rays rallied twice to tie the game before Cantu's walkoff homer on a 1-0 pitch from Shingo Takatsu (0-2). The third baseman had tied it 6-all with an RBI single off Luis Vizcaino in the seventh.

Cantu's 402-foot shot into the stands in left was the major league-high ninth homer by the No. 9 spot in the Devil Rays' order. He went 3-for-4 with two RBI, boosting the team's average in that spot to .367.

No. 8 hitter Toby Hall had a three-run homer for Tampa Bay, which also got two RBI from No. 7 hitter Chris Singleton in rallying from deficits of 4-1 and 6-4.

"I was just up there hacking," said Cantu, adding that his homer was a gift for his mother on Mexican Mother's Day.

"I said: 'You know what, I'm going to hit one for you.' I tried my best, and look. It can't get any better than that."

Jesus Colome (1-0), who came off the 15-day disabled list earlier Tuesday, pitched one perfect inning for the victory as Tampa Bay became just the second team to take a series from the White Sox this season.

Despite losing for the second straight day after an eight-game winning streak, the White Sox still have the major league's best record (24-9).

"We beat ourselves. ... Walks will always give you trouble at the big league level," Guillen said. "Their team can hit. If you keep those kids in the game, they're going to come back."

Chicago went ahead in the first on Aaron Rowand's RBI single and made it 2-0 on Joe Crede's sacrifice fly in the second.

The Devil Rays got an RBI double from Singleton in the second, but wasted an opportunity for a big inning when Alex Sanchez and Julio Lugo grounded into force plays with the bases loaded.

A lack of hitting with runners in scoring position has dogged the Devil Rays all season. They were 3-for-14 in those situations Tuesday night and are just 1-for-21 with the bases loaded this season.

The White Sox scored two runs in the fourth off Devil Rays starter Mark Hendrickson on consecutive doubles by Juan Uribe, Chris Widger and Crede -- Chicago's seventh, eighth and ninth hitters who went 7-for-11 with five doubles and three RBI.

The 4-1 lead was short-lived, though, with Hall delivering his homer after Chicago starter Jose Contreras walked Nick Green and Singleton to open the fourth. Overall, the White Sox walked nine.

"That's where I lost the game," Contreras said through an interpreter. "I opened the inning with two walks, and then came the big hit. That's where I lost the game -- walking people."

Hendrickson allowed six runs and eight hits in six innings. His throwing error on Crede's infield single allowed Widger to score and snap a 4-4 tie and enabled Crede to race all the way to third base.

Two batters later, Tadahito Iguchi laid down a perfect squeeze bunt with Crede sprinting to the plate to make it 6-4.

The Devil Rays rallied again with two runs in the seventh on a groundout by Singleton and Cantu's two-out RBI-single.

Contreras allowed four runs and five hits in five-plus innings.


  • The White Sox have led in all 33 of their games, a major league record to begin a season.
  • The Devil Rays activated Colome before the game and optioned OF Jonny Gomes to Triple-A Durham.
  • Contreras allowed a homer with a runner on for the first time in his last 13 starts.
  • Huff hasn't homered since April 18, a stretch of 20 games.
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Jorge Cantu's game-winning home run caps his 3-for-4 night against the White Sox.  (AP)
Jorge Cantu's game-winning home run caps his 3-for-4 night against the White Sox. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

J. Cantu
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1

J. Uribe
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0

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Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF4000002 .242
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B3001112 .324
Carl Everett, DH5110001 .265
Paul Konerko, 1B2000300 .200
Aaron Rowand, CF5011012 .243
Jermaine Dye, RF4000113 .194
Juan Uribe, SS4230002 .297
Chris Widger, C4221003 .342
Joe Crede, 3B3122000 .292
2B - Juan Uribe 2 (7, Hendrickson, Hendrickson), Chris Widger 2 (4, Hendrickson, Hendrickson), Joe Crede (8, Hendrickson)
SF - Joe Crede (3)
SH - Tadahito Iguchi (3)
RBI - Tadahito Iguchi (15), Aaron Rowand (10), Chris Widger (4), Joe Crede 2 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Rowand (4)
Team LOB - 9
E - Chris Widger (2, )
Chicago White Sox
Jose Contreras 5544531 3.18
Neal Cotts (H,2) 1111010 3.48
Luis Vizcaino (BS,2) 1.1111230 7.31
Damaso Marte 0.2100210 1.93
Shingo Takatsu (L,0-2) 0.1111011 7.00
HBP - Green (by Jose Contreras)
WP - Jose Contreras (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Contreras 89-50, Neal Cotts 14-9, Luis Vizcaino 31-16, Damaso Marte 25-13, Shingo Takatsu 8-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Contreras 5-7, Luis Vizcaino 1-0
Batters Faced - Jose Contreras 27, Neal Cotts 4, Luis Vizcaino 7, Damaso Marte 5, Shingo Takatsu 2
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Alex Sanchez, DH3000003 .299
   a- Josh Phelps, PH-DH2000013 .266
Julio Lugo, SS4000124 .263
Carl Crawford, LF5010012 .281
Aubrey Huff, 1B-RF4120111 .264
Damon Hollins, CF4110132 .353
Nick Green, 2B1100301 .303
Chris Singleton, RF2212100 .293
   b- Eduardo Perez, PH-RF^1B1000003 .273
Toby Hall, C4113114 .326
Jorge Cantu, 3B4132100 .287
a-flied out for Sanchez in the 6th
b-popped out for Singleton in the 8th
2B - Aubrey Huff (5, Cotts), Chris Singleton (3, Contreras)
HR - Toby Hall (2, Contreras), Jorge Cantu (5, Takatsu)
RBI - Chris Singleton 2 (8), Toby Hall 3 (7), Jorge Cantu 2 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Jorge Cantu (3)
SB - Carl Crawford (11, 2nd base off Contreras/Widger), Aubrey Huff (4, 3rd base off Vizcaino/Widger)
Team LOB - 13
E - Mark Hendrickson (1, Wild throw)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Mark Hendrickson 6865320 4.31
Rob Bell0000100 8.28
Travis Harper 1.1100010 6.65
Trever Miller 0.2000100 4.15
Jesus Colome (W,1-0) 1000000 4.76
HBP - Podsednik (by Mark Hendrickson)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Hendrickson 115-68, Rob Bell 5-1, Travis Harper 13-8, Trever Miller 10-6, Jesus Colome 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Hendrickson 6-10, Travis Harper 1-2, Trever Miller 2-0, Jesus Colome 1-2
Batters Faced - Mark Hendrickson 30, Rob Bell 1, Travis Harper 5, Trever Miller 3, Jesus Colome 3
Game Information
Attendance - 9389
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Rob Drake