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Wade goes seven, Red-hot Rays top White Sox

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After a miserable start to the season, the Tampa Bay Rays have quickly recovered.

Wade Davis pitched seven solid innings, John Jaso homered and the Rays won for the eighth time in nine games to reach .500 with a 4-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.

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Tampa Bay (9-9) became just the second team since 1900 -- joining the 1991 Seattle Mariners -- to reach .500 in April after starting the season with a six-game losing streak.

"The fact that we're back to that level is great, but our goal is well above .500," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "That's how you get back to this point, grinding it out everyday. It speaks to the attitude of the group. You get to solvency and now you've just got to win series'.

Davis (2-2) allowed one run and six hits. Jaso put the Rays ahead 2-0 on a two-run homer off Phil Humber (1-2) during the second.

Carlos Quentin homered for the White Sox, who have lost seven in a row. Chicago has been outscored 11-2 through three games of a four-game series against Tampa Bay.

"We had better at-bats," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "That's all you can do. Go and fight for your at-bats, and see what happens."

Guillen tweaked his lineup, dropping designated hitter Adam Dunn from third to fifth. Quentin moved up two spots to third. Dunn went 1-for-3, including a double.

Dunn, who missed six games after having an emergency appendectomy on April 6, entered with just two hits in 27 at-bats over his previous seven games.

"I know I will come out of it," Dunn said.

Humber gave up four runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

"It's not easy when the guys go out and pitch and they don't have run support," Guillen said. "Humber continues to throw the ball well."

After Joel Peralta worked a perfect eighth, Kyle Farnsworth got the final three outs for his fourth save.

The White Sox loaded the bases -- including walks to Quentin and Dunn -- with two outs in the first, but failed to score when Alex Rios lined out deep to left.

"I was rushing a little bit in the first inning," Davis said. "I wasn't really hitting my spots. Had to slow everything down a little bit."

Davis got defensive help from right fielder Matt Joyce, who made a leaping catch at the wall on Juan Pierre's drive with two on and one out in the fifth. Gordon Beckman, mired in a 2-for-25 slide, then hit an infield pop fly to end the inning.

"They continue to play good defense," Guillen said.

Casey Kotchman made it 3-0 with a fourth-inning RBI double. Joyce had a run-scoring double in the fifth that extended the Rays' advantage to 4-0.

Quentin's sixth-inning homer pulled Chicago within 4-1.

Chicago catcher A.J. Pierzynski was ejected by plate umpire Brian Knight after grounding out to end the top of sixth. The pair had a discussion near the plate as Pierzynski was returning to the dugout.

Guillen said Pierzynski was unhappy about a call during the at-bat.

Notes

  • Tampa Bay DH Johnny Damon was out the lineup for third straight game due to a left ring finger injury. Damon said there was soreness when took batting practice, but that he plans to hit again on Thursday.
  • Guillen is not sure when he'll give Rios (sore toe) a day off. Rios told Guillen that he doesn't need a rest.
  • Rays 1B Dan Johnson (left wrist) was the DH after missing the previous two games.
 
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The Rays' John Jaso celebrates at the plate with Reid Brignac after his second-inning dinger. (AP)
The Rays' John Jaso celebrates at the plate with Reid Brignac after his second-inning dinger. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

J. Jaso
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Tampa Bay

W. Davis
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 2
K 2
 
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF4000003 .263
Gordon Beckham, 2B4000003 .222
Carlos Quentin, RF3111100 .309
Paul Konerko, 1B4010010 .300
Adam Dunn, DH3010110 .175
Alex Rios, CF4000004 .183
A.J. Pierzynski, C3010001 .259
    Ramon Castro, C1000000 .167
Alexei Ramirez, SS4010000 .266
Mark Teahen, 3B3010012 .304
Totals3316123  
Batting
2B - Paul Konerko (2, Davis), Adam Dunn (2, Davis)
HR - Carlos Quentin (4, Davis)
RBI - Carlos Quentin (12)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Alexei Ramirez (5, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Philip Humber (L,1-2) 5.1644131 4.42
Will Ohman 1100010 9.95
Tony Pena 0.1000000 6.43
Chris Sale 1.1000110 6.23
Pitches-Strikes - Philip Humber 94-58, Will Ohman 22-13, Tony Pena 4-3, Chris Sale 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Philip Humber 9-5, Will Ohman 1-1, Tony Pena 1-0, Chris Sale 2-1
Batters Faced - Philip Humber 24, Will Ohman 4, Tony Pena 1, Chris Sale 5
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Sam Fuld, LF4000012 .344
Ben Zobrist, 2B4000000 .188
Matt Joyce, RF3021100 .321
Felipe Lopez, 3B4000003 .261
    Sean Rodriguez, 3B0000000 .206
Dan Johnson, DH4000012 .130
B.J. Upton, CF3100120 .220
Casey Kotchman, 1B4121000 .350
John Jaso, C3112011 .182
Reid Brignac, SS3120000 .244
Totals3247425  
Batting
2B - Matt Joyce 2 (7, Humber, Humber), Casey Kotchman (1, Humber)
HR - John Jaso (1, Humber)
RBI - Matt Joyce (4), Casey Kotchman (2), John Jaso 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Joyce (2), Casey Kotchman (1), John Jaso 2 (3)
Team LOB - 6
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wade Davis (W,2-2) 7611221 2.73
Joel Peralta (H,2) 1000010 2.16
Kyle Farnsworth (S,4) 1000000 1.42
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Davis 99-64, Joel Peralta 11-6, Kyle Farnsworth 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Davis 8-11, Kyle Farnsworth 3-0
Batters Faced - Wade Davis 29, Joel Peralta 3, Kyle Farnsworth 3
Game Information
Attendance - 13214
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Victor Carapazza