Tampa Bay at Chicago

Tampa Bay
W: A. Rienzo (2-0) L: J. Odorizzi (1-3)
HR: TB - None   CHW - A. De Aza (4)

White Sox rally, win three of four from Rays

CBSSports.com wire reports

CHICAGO -- The way Adam Eaton sees it, there's a benefit to Jose Abreu's fast start beyond the Cuban slugger's home runs and RBI.

His success makes every hitter in the Chicago White Sox lineup want to join in the fun.

"It's come jump on the bandwagon," Eaton said. "It's very contagious. You hear it all the time: 'Hitting is contagious.' It's very true."

It was the case as the unsung members of the lineup took the lead role in a 7-3 comeback victory against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday.

Alejandro De Aza hit a two-run homer, Eaton had a two-run double and Marcus Semien had a two-out double to plate the winning run.

Abreu, named American League co-player of the week earlier in the day, went 2 for 4 with a walk and an RBI, his 32nd. But it was the unheralded trio that did most of the damage, driving in five of the seven runs.

"This is a team effort here," Semien said. "Guys just know their roles and the middle of the order has really been driving guys in."

The White Sox (14-13) moved above .500 by taking three of four from Tampa Bay. It was Chicago's third series win this season.

Andre Rienzo (2-0) allowed five hits and three runs -- two earned -- in six innings to get the victory.

Jake Odorizzi (1-3) allowed eight hits and four runs in 4⅓ innings to get the loss.

"They outplayed us over the course of four games," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "They're a little bit hot right now and we're not.

"It started out great, the way the game started out for us. Then De Aza's homer put air back in their balloon."

Tampa Bay quickly jumped on top with a pair of runs in the first inning. Leadoff man Ben Zobrist doubled and scored as Rienzo threw away a sacrifice bunt attempt by Desmond Jennings. Rienzo was credited with two errors on the play. The first error was for not picking the ball up cleanly and the second was for throwing it down the right field line.

The oddities continued as the No. 3 hitter, Matt Joyce, drove home Jennings from second base on a sacrifice fly to center. Eaton, Chicago's center fielder, made a great leaping catch before crashing into the wall. He was shaken on the play and threw the ball while sitting on the ground. By the time the White Sox got the ball back in, Jennings had easily raced home.

The White Sox struck back in the bottom of the second. Adam Dunn led off with a single and scored on De Aza's home run to tie it.

In the top of the fourth, David DeJesus doubled in Wil Myers for a 3-2 Tampa Bay lead, but Chicago answered with two in the bottom half to take a 4-3 lead.

Alexei Ramirez tripled home Dayan Viciedo with no outs to tie it. Two outs later, Semien hit a two-out double to snap the tie. Ten of Semien's 15 RBI this season have come with two outs.

"You start losing momentum when you don't cash in opportunities," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Sem has been tough, especially with two outs."

Chicago broke the game open in the sixth. Eaton doubled in a pair of runs to make it 6-3. Abreu's run-scoring single in the eighth capped the scoring.


Rays OF David DeJesus continues to battle left shoulder soreness and was the DH again Monday. ... There's still no timetable for the return of Chicago LHP Chris Sale (flexor muscle strain). ... After Chicago RHP Scott Carroll pitched 7⅓ strong innings to win his major league debut on Sunday, he went out to dinner with the 30 family and friends who attended the game. Teammate Adam Dunn picked up the tab. ... White Sox remain home for a two-game series with the Detroit Tigers, LHP Jose Quintana (1-2) facing RHP Justin Verlander (3-1) in the opener Tuesday. The Rays go to Boston, with LHP Erik Bedard (0-1) going against RHP John Lackey (3-2).

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After watching the Rays take a quick 2-0 lead, Alejandro De Aza responds with a two-run blast in the second inning.  (USATSI)
After watching the Rays take a quick 2-0 lead, Alejandro De Aza responds with a two-run blast in the second inning. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

B. Zobrist
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0

A. Ramirez
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Tampa Bay Rays
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Evan Longoria, 3B4010002 .294
James Loney, 1B4000011 .292
Wil Myers, RF4110010 .232
David DeJesus, DH3011110 .200
Yunel Escobar, SS3000102 .217
Ryan Hanigan, C3000122 .241
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   Josh Lueke, P0000000 .000
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2B - Ben Zobrist 2 (5, Rienzo), David DeJesus (3, Rienzo)
SF - Matt Joyce (5)
SH - Desmond Jennings (2)
RBI - Matt Joyce (15), David DeJesus (6)
SB - Desmond Jennings (4, 2nd base off Rienzo/Flowers)
Team LOB - 8
Outfield Assists - Matt Joyce 1
DP - Joyce-Escobar
E - Yunel Escobar (4, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
Jake Odorizzi (L,1-3) 4.1844251 6.85
Jake McGee 1.1222300 2.38
Josh Lueke 0.1000000 4.30
Juan Carlos Oviedo 1100010 0.00
Heath Bell 1110130 7.07
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Odorizzi 87-53, Jake McGee 28-15, Josh Lueke 4-2, Juan Carlos Oviedo 9-7, Heath Bell 28-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Odorizzi 2-5, Jake McGee 1-1, Josh Lueke 1-0, Heath Bell 1-0
Batters Faced - Jake Odorizzi 22, Jake McGee 7, Josh Lueke 1, Juan Carlos Oviedo 4, Heath Bell 6
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
Adam Eaton, CF4022111 .292
Gordon Beckham, 2B4000113 .118
Jose Abreu, 1B4021112 .271
Adam Dunn, DH5120013 .274
Dayan Viciedo, RF3100113 .354
   Jordan Danks, RF0000000 .094
Alexei Ramirez, SS3121000 .358
Alejandro De Aza, LF3112112 .188
Tyler Flowers, C4120021 .373
Marcus Semien, 3B3211111 .230
Andre Rienzo, P0000000 .000
   Zach Putnam, P0000000 .000
   Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
2B - Adam Eaton (4, McGee), Alexei Ramirez (7, Oviedo), Marcus Semien (6, Odorizzi)
3B - Alexei Ramirez (1, Odorizzi)
HR - Alejandro De Aza (4, Odorizzi)
SH - Alexei Ramirez (1)
RBI - Adam Eaton 2 (13), Jose Abreu (32), Alexei Ramirez (19), Alejandro De Aza 2 (11), Marcus Semien (15)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Eaton 2 (5), Jose Abreu (13), Alejandro De Aza 2 (4), Marcus Semien (10)
SB - Marcus Semien (3, 2nd base off Bell/Hanigan)
CS - Adam Eaton (2, 2nd base by Odorizzi/Hanigan), Alejandro De Aza (2, 2nd base by McGee/Hanigan)
Team LOB - 9
E - Gordon Beckham (1, Interference), Andre Rienzo (1, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
Andre Rienzo (W,2-0) 6532340 4.05
Zach Putnam (H,1) 2100020 2.00
Matt Lindstrom 1100000 3.75
Pitches-Strikes - Andre Rienzo 105-60, Zach Putnam 25-17, Matt Lindstrom 11-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andre Rienzo 8-7, Zach Putnam 3-1, Matt Lindstrom 2-1
Batters Faced - Andre Rienzo 27, Zach Putnam 7, Matt Lindstrom 4
Game Information
Attendance - 11268
Game Time - 3:19
Temperature - 50
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Chris Segal, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Adrian Johnson