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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Chicago White Sox unexpectedly lost their starting pitcher in the fourth inning, and then went on to win their eighth straight game.
Chicago left-hander Jose Quintana was ejected by plate umpire Mark Wegner with two outs in the fourth when he threw a pitch behind Ben Zobrist at knee level. Chicago manager Robin Ventura was also tossed by Wegner for arguing.
"I've never seen anything like that," Ventura said. "I don't know how to explain it. I was shocked. Usually if the guy feels it [had] intent, he gives warning and it goes from there, but it just shocked me."
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Quintana, through a translator, said he was not throwing at Zobrist.
"I was going to throw a fastball, but
Tampa Bay right-hander Alex Cobb (2-1) hit a pair of White Sox batters - Gordon Beckham during the first and Pierzynski in the third -- during the game. Pierzynski was hit with a man on second and one out.
"I was just trying to get a fastball in, and yanked it a little bit," Cobb said of the pitch that struck Pierzynski.
Pierzynski had made what Rays manager Joe Maddon called an awkward slide involving Zobrist in Tuesday night's game.
"I didn't ask for anything right there," Maddon said.
Maddon said Wegner handled the situation well.
"When a pitcher throws behind somebody like that, it's pretty obvious what their intent was regardless of the denials on the other side," Maddon said. "I thought the home plate umpire did a great job, actually. That really stopped everything in its tracks."
Dayan Viciedo had a run-scoring single and Ramirez hit a sacrifice fly to help Chicago take a 3-1 lead in the third. Ramirez made it 4-1 with an RBI double in the fifth.
"We're not really playing a high level of baseball right now," Maddon said. "Too many mistakes on the field."
Addison Reed worked out of trouble in the ninth for his sixth save. Pena drew a leadoff walk, with pinch-runner Rich Thompson advancing to second on Matt Joyce's one-out single. Zobrist and Scott then both popped out to shallow left.
"Anytime we get out there with a lead, we want to shut it down, but especially with everything that happened early on in the game you kind of want it a little more, to really shut the door on them," Reed said.
Pena hit a two-run homer off Nate Jones (3-0) in the sixth.
Alex Rios hit a first-inning RBI single. Tampa Bay tied it at 1 on Scott's opposite-field homer to left in the second.
Quintana allowed one run and one hit in 3 2/3 innings. Cobb gave up four runs and nine hits over five innings.
De Aza left in the sixth when he was hit near the right knee by the ball while diving back to second on J.P. Howell's pick off attempt.
|Alejandro De Aza leaves in the sixth inning after getting hit by a ball near the knee on a pick-off attempt. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Chicago White Sox|
|Alejandro De Aza, CF||3||0||1||0||1||0||3||.284|
|Brent Lillibridge, PR-CF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.205|
|Gordon Beckham, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||1||4||.224|
|Adam Dunn, 1B||5||0||0||0||0||4||6||.230|
|Paul Konerko, DH||5||0||1||0||0||1||3||.381|
|Alex Rios, RF||5||1||2||1||0||0||2||.283|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||3||1||0||0||0||1||2||.299|
|Dayan Viciedo, LF||4||1||3||1||0||0||0||.291|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||3||0||2||2||0||0||0||.228|
|Orlando Hudson, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.207|
|2B - Alex Rios (9, Cobb), Dayan Viciedo (4, Cobb), Alexei Ramirez 2 (8, Cobb, Cobb)|
|SF - Alexei Ramirez (1)|
|RBI - Alex Rios (25), Dayan Viciedo (28), Alexei Ramirez 2 (24)|
|2-OUT RBI - Alex Rios (6), Alexei Ramirez (12)|
|SB - Alejandro De Aza 2 (11, 2nd base off Cobb/Molina, 2nd base off Howell/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Nate Jones (W,3-0)||2||2||2||2||0||3||1||1.73|
|Matt Thornton (H,8)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.86|
|Jesse Crain (H,4)||1.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.26|
|Addison Reed (S,6)||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||4.41|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jose Quintana 51-31, Nate Jones 25-18, Matt Thornton 12-8, Jesse Crain 14-10, Addison Reed 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Quintana 5-4, Matt Thornton 1-0, Jesse Crain 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Jose Quintana 12, Nate Jones 8, Matt Thornton 3, Jesse Crain 4, Addison Reed 5|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||3||1||1||2||1||0||0||.204|
|Rich Thompson, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.071|
|B.J. Upton, CF||4||0||0||0||0||3||1||.281|
|Matt Joyce, LF-RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.288|
|Ben Zobrist, RF-2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.203|
|Luke Scott, DH||4||1||1||1||0||1||2||.236|
|Sean Rodriguez, 2B-SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.230|
|Drew Sutton, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.241|
|Jose Molina, C||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.181|
|Elliot Johnson, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.255|
|a- Hideki Matsui, PH-LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.167|
|a-struck out for Johnson in the 6th|
|HR - Carlos Pena (8, Jones), Luke Scott (9, Quintana)|
|RBI - Carlos Pena 2 (24), Luke Scott (33)|
|Team LOB - 2|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Alex Cobb (L,2-1)||5||9||4||4||1||4||0||3.71|
|HBP - Beckham (by Alex Cobb), Pierzynski (by Alex Cobb)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Alex Cobb 91-62, J.P. Howell 17-10, Wade Davis 14-10, Burke Badenhop 13-9, Joel Peralta 11-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex Cobb 6-5, J.P. Howell 1-0, Wade Davis 2-0, Burke Badenhop 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Alex Cobb 27, J.P. Howell 3, Wade Davis 3, Burke Badenhop 5, Joel Peralta 3|
|Attendance - 13369|
|Game Time - 2:58|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Mike Winters|