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Prospect Young hits first homer, but Rays fall to ChiSox

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen called his team's performance "ugly," though it was still good enough to put Chicago back in first in the AL wild-card race.

Jermaine Dye homered and drove in four runs and Joe Crede tied a career-high with four hits to lead the White Sox to a 12-9 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Tuesday night.

Crede also drove in two runs to help the White Sox move one-half game ahead of Minnesota in the AL wild-card race. The Twins lost 2-0 to Kansas City.

Guillen watched his bullpen nearly squander a six-run lead in the eighth inning.

"Our main thing, the biggest goal we have is our pitching staff. Obviously, they just don't do what they are supposed to do. This was a win, this was an ugly win," Guillen said. "As a manager and a coach, you start second guessing yourself about what I should do or what we're doing wrong."

Guillen also found himself in another feud.

Delmon Young went 2-for-3 in his major league debut for Tampa Bay, two months after serving a 50-game suspension in the minors for throwing his bat at an umpire. He got hit on his right shoulder during his first at-bat and hit a two-run homer during his third plate appearance.

Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon was upset with Guillen and White Sox starter Freddy Garcia for hitting Young.

"Now in the future we will handle our own problems and we don't want anybody else to think they need to discipline us. For me, I want the word out that's the last that time it should happen. It's over for him," said Maddon. "It's obvious what they (White Sox) did. Nobody else needs to discipline us, we'll take care of that ourselves."

Garcia denied Tampa Bay's allegations.

"I don't know why, I don't know that kid and I don't really pay attention to all that stuff. I tried to pitch inside and I hit him, it's no big deal for me," Garcia said. "I tried to pitch inside, I was all over the plate anyway, I don't think I had great command today."

The Devil Rays started yelling at Garcia for hitting Young, which surprised the rookie, considering he had blasted the organization previously.

"I said some stupid things in the paper," said Young, who criticized the Tampa Bay organization for not promoting him to the majors sooner. "I wouldn't have expected the guys to be behind me so quick."

Tampa Bay retaliated by hitting A.J. Pierzynski in the eighth inning.

Jorge Cantu hit a two-run homer off White Sox reliever Neal Cotts in the eighth for the Devil Rays, who have lost five straight games.

Garcia (13-8) allowed five runs and seven hits in seven innings, winning back-to-back starts for the first time since June when he won three straight and moved the defending world champs within five games of AL Central leader Detroit. He struck out a season high-tying six and walked two.

Bobby Jenks pitched a perfect ninth for his 37th save in 39 chances.

"Yeah, we should have done some things a little bit different, but it's not going to be easy so we will take this one," said Dye. "Right now, stats and everything should be thrown out the window and everybody's focus should be winning the ballgame no matter how we do it."

Tampa Bay starter Casey Fossum (6-6) allowed back-to-back walks to start the first inning. Dye followed with an opposite-field homer to give the White Sox a 3-0 lead. Young looked like he had a shot at catching Dye's homer, but appeared to lose track of where he was and didn't jump for the ball, which hit off the top of the fence and bounced over for Dye's 39th of the season.

In the second inning, Fossum walked three consecutive batters after getting one out. Dye drove in a run on a fielder's choice and Paul Konerko chased Fossum with an RBI single. After Chad Orvella came on, Crede and Pierzynski greeted him with consecutive RBI singles to put the White Sox up 7-0.

Fossum failed to make it out of the second inning for the third time in seven starts. He allowed seven runs and three hits with five walks in 1 2/3 innings.

Carl Crawford and Dioner Navarro hit RBI-doubles off Garcia in the third inning, and Greg Norton had a run-scoring grounder in the fifth to pull Tampa Bay to 7-3.

Kevin Witt singled in the sixth inning and Young followed with his first major league hit and homer off Garcia to cut the White Sox lead to 7-5.

Crede had an RBI double off Tampa Bay reliever Shawn Camp in the sixth inning. In the seventh, Tampa Bay reliever Ruddy Lugo allowed back-to-back RBI singles to Brian Anderson and Scott Podsednik. Anderson later scored on B.J. Upton's throwing error, putting the White Sox up 11-5.

The Devil Rays scored four runs in the eighth on Cantu's two-run homer, Rocco Baldelli's RBI double and Upton's run-scoring fielder's choice.

Ross Gload had an RBI double in the ninth for Chicago's final run.

Notes

  • The constant drizzle kept White Sox DH Jim Thome out of the game with a strained left hamstring. It was the fourth straight game that he missed. Thome should be back in the lineup Wednesday if the weather conditions improve.
 
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In his debut, Delmon Young (35) gets props from Kevin Witt following his first major league homer.  (AP)
In his debut, Delmon Young (35) gets props from Kevin Witt following his first major league homer. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

D. Young
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Chicago

J. Dye
AB 5
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Rocco Baldelli, CF5121001 .301
B.J. Upton, 3B4111111 .226
Carl Crawford, LF5111023 .314
Greg Norton, DH4001101 .300
Dioner Navarro, C4111102 .267
Jorge Cantu, 2B5112021 .242
Kevin Witt, 1B4120020 .308
Delmon Young, RF3222011 .667
Ben Zobrist, SS4110002 .227
Totals3891193812 
Batting
2B - Rocco Baldelli (18, Riske), Carl Crawford (17, Garcia), Dioner Navarro (7, Garcia)
HR - Jorge Cantu (11, Cotts), Delmon Young (1, Garcia)
RBI - Rocco Baldelli (37), B.J. Upton (5), Carl Crawford (67), Greg Norton (27), Dioner Navarro (23), Jorge Cantu 2 (54), Delmon Young 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Dioner Navarro (9)
SB - Rocco Baldelli (8, 2nd base off Garcia/Pierzynski), B.J. Upton (5, 2nd base off Garcia/Pierzynski), Carl Crawford 2 (45, 2nd base off Garcia/Pierzynski, 3rd base off Garcia/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Rocco Baldelli 1
E - Jorge Cantu (11, ), B.J. Upton (6, )
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Casey Fossum (L,6-6) 1.2377501 5.33
Chad Orvella 2.1400000 6.29
Jon Switzer 1.1111010 5.87
Shawn Camp 0.2100100 4.33
Ruddy Lugo 1.1342110 4.13
Brian Meadows 0.2100000 5.17
HBP - Pierzynski (by Ruddy Lugo)
Pitches-Strikes - Casey Fossum 57-25, Chad Orvella 48-27, Jon Switzer 13-11, Shawn Camp 9-3, Ruddy Lugo 34-18, Brian Meadows 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Casey Fossum 1-4, Chad Orvella 2-5, Jon Switzer 2-1, Ruddy Lugo 4-1, Brian Meadows 2-0
Batters Faced - Casey Fossum 13, Chad Orvella 11, Jon Switzer 5, Shawn Camp 3, Ruddy Lugo 11, Brian Meadows 3
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF4211213 .265
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B3210213 .280
Jermaine Dye, RF5214001 .324
Paul Konerko, DH4111102 .310
Joe Crede, 3B5042000 .301
A.J. Pierzynski, C4221002 .300
Juan Uribe, SS4000003 .239
Ross Gload, 1B4121100 .313
Brian Anderson, CF4211103 .231
Totals371213117217 
Batting
2B - Joe Crede (28, Camp), A.J. Pierzynski (19, R. Lugo), Ross Gload (6, Meadows)
HR - Jermaine Dye (39, Fossum)
SH - Juan Uribe (6)
RBI - Scott Podsednik (43), Jermaine Dye 4 (106), Paul Konerko (94), Joe Crede 2 (87), A.J. Pierzynski (49), Ross Gload (14), Brian Anderson (32)
2-OUT RBI - Paul Konerko (30), Joe Crede 2 (29), A.J. Pierzynski (19)
SB - Scott Podsednik (36, 2nd base off Fossum/Navarro), Tadahito Iguchi (8, 2nd base off Camp/Navarro)
Team LOB - 10
Chicago White Sox
Freddy Garcia (W,13-8) 7755261 5.05
Neal Cotts 0.1122111 4.32
David Riske0322000 3.55
Matt Thornton (H,14) 0.2000010 3.33
Bobby Jenks (S,37) 1000000 3.38
HBP - Young (by Freddy Garcia)
Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 107-63, Neal Cotts 26-18, David Riske 10-5, Matt Thornton 7-5, Bobby Jenks 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 7-8, Matt Thornton 1-0, Bobby Jenks 2-1
Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 31, Neal Cotts 3, David Riske 3, Matt Thornton 2, Bobby Jenks 3
Game Information
Attendance - 35313
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Joe West