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White Sox beat Rays, halt seven-game losing streak

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A bunch of White Sox players started hitting again, all at once.

Omar Vizquel, A.J. Pierzynski, Carlos Quentin and Paul Konerko each drove in two runs and the White Sox stopped a seven-game losing streak with a 9-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night.

"That's the way we expected to play everyday, to be honest with you," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I don't want to be cocky. This team is allowed to play that way because of the way we built this ballclub and the talent we have."

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The White Sox had been outscored 11-2 in losing the first three games of the four-game series against Tampa Bay.

"We needed a game like that," Guillen said. "We need a game to build confidence. We were desperate for a win. We all knew that. We stayed positive. The guys were optimistic."

Gavin Floyd (2-1) allowed two runs in six innings. He struck out seven and hit two batters.

Sam Fuld had two RBI for the Rays, who lost for just the second time in 10 games.

Juan Pierre opened the first with a bunt single and went to third when Rays third baseman Felipe Lopez was charged with an error for an errant throw to first on the play. Pierre then scored to make it 1-0 on Vizquel's grounder.

"Definitely tried to get off to a good start and just get the lead," Pierre said. "A sigh of relief just to have the lead in that first inning."

Pierre also started a four-run third against Jeff Niemann (0-3) with another bunt single. Vizquel doubled home a run, Konerko and Adam Dunn each had RBI singles and Pierzynski hit a sacrifice fly.

"Pierre really set the tone with the bunts, and then Vizquel ... the top of the order pretty much set the tone for them," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.

Fuld cut the Rays' deficit to 5-2 in the fourth with a two-run single.

Chicago took a 6-2 lead on Pierzynski's RBI single in the fifth. Quentin extended the advantage to 8-2 on a two-run double during the sixth.

Konerko added an RBI single in the eighth.

"Maybe this might be a little momentum we need going into the next series, but everybody all around had a good game," Pierre said. "Just a good feeling to get a win, again."

Niemann lasted just 4 2/3 innings, giving up six runs and six hits. He struck out four, walked two, hit two batters and threw a wild pitch.

"The way the team's playing right now, all you want to do is go out there and keep the momentum rolling," Niemann said. "Giving up a big inning, that is definitely going to halt the momentum."

Niemann is 1-8 with an 8.87 ERA in 11 starts since being on the disabled list last year for a strained right shoulder.

Rays designated hitter Johnny Damon went 1 for 4 in his return after missing the previous three games because of a left ring finger injury. He picked up career hit 2,585, which moved him past Reggie Jackson into 79th place all-time, on his third-inning single.

Notes

  • Vizquel replaced 2B Gordon Beckham, who is mired in a 2 for 25 slide. Guillen said he may move Beckham out of the second spot in the lineup to help the infielder relax.
  • Vizquel played in his 2,855th game, which is one away from tying Robin Yount for 14th place all-time.
  • Damon has a 10-game hitting streak.
  • It was Vizquel's first multi-RBI game since last Aug. 27 against the New York Yankees.
 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

P. Konerko
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Tampa Bay

S. Fuld
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF4320001 .275
Omar Vizquel, 2B5122012 .421
Carlos Quentin, RF3112103 .310
    Brent Lillibridge, RF0000000 .333
Paul Konerko, 1B5232002 .320
Adam Dunn, DH5011014 .178
Alex Rios, CF3000111 .176
A.J. Pierzynski, C4012000 .259
Alexei Ramirez, SS5000004 .246
Mark Teahen, 3B2200220 .280
    Brent Morel, 3B0000000 .220
Totals36910945  
Batting
2B - Omar Vizquel (1, Niemann), Carlos Quentin (11, Russell), Paul Konerko (3, Niemann)
SF - A.J. Pierzynski (1)
RBI - Omar Vizquel 2 (2), Carlos Quentin 2 (14), Paul Konerko 2 (15), Adam Dunn (8), A.J. Pierzynski 2 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Paul Konerko (6), A.J. Pierzynski (5)
SB - Juan Pierre (5, 2nd base off Niemann/Jaso), Omar Vizquel (1, 2nd base off Niemann/Jaso)
CS - Carlos Quentin (1, 2nd base by Niemann/Jaso)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Floyd-Pierzynski-Konerko, Teahen-Vizquel-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gavin Floyd (W,2-1) 6722270 4.00
Will Ohman 1100020 8.59
Sergio Santos 1000120 0.00
Jeff Gray 1000000 0.00
HBP - Kotchman (by Gavin Floyd), Brignac (by Gavin Floyd)
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 101-64, Will Ohman 18-14, Sergio Santos 18-10, Jeff Gray 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 5-3, Jeff Gray 1-2
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 26, Will Ohman 4, Sergio Santos 4, Jeff Gray 3
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Sam Fuld, LF5022011 .348
Johnny Damon, DH4010013 .233
Matt Joyce, RF4010021 .316
Felipe Lopez, 3B4010032 .260
Ben Zobrist, 2B2010100 .197
   a- Sean Rodriguez, PH-2B1000010 .200
B.J. Upton, CF3000112 .210
Casey Kotchman, 1B2100101 .318
John Jaso, C4110011 .189
Reid Brignac, SS1010000 .262
   b- Elliot Johnson, PH-SS2000010 .217
Totals32282311  
a-struck out for Zobrist in the 8th
b-struck out for Brignac in the 7th
Batting
RBI - Sam Fuld 2 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Sam Fuld 2 (2)
SB - Felipe Lopez (1, 2nd base off Floyd/Pierzynski), B.J. Upton (3, 2nd base off Floyd/Pierzynski)
PK - Reid Brignac (1, Floyd)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Felipe Lopez (2, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Niemann (L,0-3) 4.2665240 7.08
Cesar Ramos 0.2122100 4.76
Adam Russell 1.2100000 1.13
Jake McGee 1211100 5.40
Juan Cruz 1000010 4.26
HBP - Rios (by Jeff Niemann), Quentin (by Jeff Niemann), Pierre (by Cesar Ramos)
WP - Jeff Niemann (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Niemann 88-56, Cesar Ramos 14-6, Adam Russell 19-13, Jake McGee 21-12, Juan Cruz 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Niemann 3-7, Cesar Ramos 1-1, Adam Russell 4-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Niemann 24, Cesar Ramos 5, Adam Russell 6, Jake McGee 6, Juan Cruz 3
Game Information
Attendance - 16751
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Victor Carapazza, Third Base - Brian Knight