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CHICAGO -- The math is there for the Tampa Bay Rays to see and despite a 10-4 victory Saturday over the slumping Chicago White Sox, they know pulling out a wild card berth when trailing by three with four to play is a monumental assignment.
Of course, they didn't clinch a playoff spot last season until the final day. So, keep playing.
"We have to believe we're going to get the help while we take care of our own business. We're 1-0 on Saturday, let's go 1-0 on Sunday," manager Joe Maddon said. "I'm like the biggest scoreboard watcher, but at the end of the day I can't worry about that."
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For the White Sox, it's just as difficult. They trail Detroit by two in the AL Central with four left and must find a way Sunday to beat Rays ace David Price as he goes for his 20th win.
"We have to win every game and hope Detroit loses a couple," said Chicago's Alex Rios, who had two of the White Sox's four hits allowed Saturday by Tampa Bay starter Matt Moore and two relievers. "That's what has to happen."
Tampa Bay, with nine wins in 10 games, remained three games out of the second wild card behind Oakland, which beat Seattle 7-4 in 10 innings Saturday.
The White Sox, who've dropped 9 of 11, fell two games behind Detroit in the AL Central when the Tigers defeated the Twins 6-4
After Sunday, the Rays go home for three against Baltimore and the White Sox head to Cleveland. Detroit goes to Kansas City, while Oakland has three at home against the AL West leading Rangers.
"If we win out, we're hoping the way their [A's] schedule is -- a chip and a chair kind of thing -- that's all we need," Gimenez said.
Moore (11-11), 0-4 in his previous five starts, retired the first 13 batters before Rios singled with one out in the fifth. Dayan Viciedo followed with a walk but Moore got out of it on a fly ball and a strikeout of Tyler Flowers.
"I never felt that there was anything wrong, especially physically. And that's where a little bit of the questions came from at this stage of the season and with my age," said Moore, like Sale, a young lefty with a big future. "That's a natural question with my velocity being down a little bit. But I felt like I went out there and competed with what I had."
Sale (17-8), who has pitched 192 innings in his first year as a starter, lasted just 3 1/3 innings, his shortest start of the season. He gave up seven hits and was charged with five runs while walking three and striking out seven.
He said fatigue was not a factor whatsoever.
"That was terrible. That was a disgrace," Sale said.
"I did nothing to help the team win, put guys in positions that they shouldn't have been in. To go out and have your starter go three innings, that's a recipe for a disaster pretty much every time. Like I said before, just didn't do my job. Team needed me and I didn't pull it out for them. Just a frustrating day."
Sale beat Moore 2-1 at Tropicana Field on May 28 when he struck out 15 to Moore's 10, but this time he wasn't sharp from the outset, struggling with his control.
"When he doesn't locate, I think that was the biggest thing for him today," Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. "He was just not in the zone enough. It was just one of those, you don't expect that out of him but it is late in the year and stuff can happen. Other than that we stunk."
The Rays had two runners on in both the first and second innings but Sale used his strikeout pitch to escape -- he had five in the first two frames.
But B.J. Upton drew a leadoff walk in third and raced home on Ben Zobrist's double into the left-field corner. Evan Longoria lined out, but Keppinger hit his ninth homer, just over the fence in left-center to make it 3-0.
Upton's RBI single in the fourth made it 4-0 and finished the young White Sox ace. Longoria added a run-scoring single off reliever Brian Omogrosso with Upton thrown out at the plate to end the inning. Gimenez hit his first homer of the season and sixth of his major league career, leading off the sixth against Deunte Heath for a six-run cushion.
|Chris Sale can't come through for the White Sox, giving up five runs in 3 1/3 innings. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Desmond Jennings, LF||5||0||1||0||1||4||6||.247|
|B.J. Upton, CF||4||1||1||1||1||2||4||.244|
|Elliot Johnson, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.242|
|Ben Zobrist, SS||4||2||2||1||1||1||2||.272|
|Rich Thompson, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.091|
|Evan Longoria, 3B||4||1||1||1||1||2||5||.283|
|Reid Brignac, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.095|
|Jeff Keppinger, 1B||4||1||1||2||0||1||4||.331|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.200|
|Ben Francisco, RF||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.246|
|a- Matt Joyce, PH-RF||2||2||2||4||1||0||0||.244|
|Ryan Roberts, 2B||4||0||1||0||1||1||0||.237|
|Sean Rodriguez, DH||2||1||0||0||1||2||3||.213|
|b- Luke Scott, PH-DH||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||.232|
|Chris Gimenez, C||3||2||2||1||1||1||2||.236|
|c- Stephen Vogt, PH-C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-walked for Francisco in the 5th|
|b-singled for S. Rodriguez in the 7th|
|c-grounded out for Gimenez in the 9th|
|2B - Ben Zobrist (39, Sale)|
|HR - Jeff Keppinger (9, Sale), Matt Joyce 2 (17, Axelrod, Septimo), Chris Gimenez (1, Heath)|
|RBI - B.J. Upton (75), Ben Zobrist (73), Evan Longoria (51), Jeff Keppinger 2 (40), Matt Joyce 4 (59), Chris Gimenez (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Evan Longoria (26)|
|SB - Desmond Jennings 2 (31, 2nd base off Sale/Flowers, 2nd base off Axelrod/Flowers), B.J. Upton (31, 2nd base off Omogrosso/Flowers)|
|CS - Matt Joyce (3, 2nd base by Omogrosso/Flowers)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Matt Moore (W,11-11)||5.1||1||0||0||2||4||0||3.81|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Moore 77-43, Kyle Farnsworth 7-5, Chris Archer 40-25, Brandon Gomes 10-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Moore 5-7, Chris Archer 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Matt Moore 19, Kyle Farnsworth 2, Chris Archer 11, Brandon Gomes 3|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Dewayne Wise, CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.257|
|a- Jordan Danks, PH-CF||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.220|
|Kevin Youkilis, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.235|
|b- Ray Olmedo, PH-SS||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.226|
|Adam Dunn, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.205|
|c- Dan Johnson, PH-1B||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.333|
|Paul Konerko, DH||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.296|
|d- Orlando Hudson, PH-DH||1||1||1||4||0||0||0||.198|
|Alex Rios, RF||3||0||2||0||0||1||0||.303|
|e- Hector Gimenez, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.400|
|Dayan Viciedo, LF||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.251|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.267|
|Jose Lopez, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.243|
|Tyler Flowers, C||4||0||0||0||0||3||2||.218|
|Gordon Beckham, 2B||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.236|
|a-walked for Wise in the 8th|
|b-singled for Youkilis in the 8th|
|c-walked for Dunn in the 8th|
|d-homered for Konerko in the 8th|
|e-struck out for Rios in the 8th|
|HR - Orlando Hudson (3, Archer)|
|RBI - Orlando Hudson 4 (27)|
|2-OUT RBI - Orlando Hudson 4 (13)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - Alex Rios 1|
|E - Gordon Beckham (7, Throwing)|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Chris Sale (L,17-8)||3.1||7||5||5||3||7||1||3.05|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Sale 82-45, Brian Omogrosso 28-15, Deunte Heath 11-4, Dylan Axelrod 51-26, Leyson Septimo 14-9, Jhan Marinez 9-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dylan Axelrod 3-0, Jhan Marinez 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Chris Sale 20, Brian Omogrosso 6, Deunte Heath 3, Dylan Axelrod 11, Leyson Septimo 4, Jhan Marinez 3|
|Attendance - 26559|
|Game Time - 3:19|
|Temperature - 78|
|Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Chad Fairchild|