Snell dominates again, Rays beat White Sox 5-1

CHICAGO (AP) Blake Snell saved his best work for his biggest jam.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner dug in with two on in the sixth and struck out the next three batters. It was an emphatic way to end a threat, preserve a three-run lead and finish his afternoon.

Snell struck out 11 over six innings in another strong outing, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Chicago White Sox 5-1 on Monday. The Rays improved to 8-3 and kept pace with their best start since 2010.

Snell (2-1) kept the White Sox off balance with a nasty breaking ball and a fastball consistently reaching the mid-90s in winning his second straight start. He gave up one run and six hits and did not walk a batter.

Snell struck out five of the first six hitters. But just as impressive was his late escape .

''That's a big moment early in the year to get through that,'' manager Kevin Cash said. ''We really needed him to. He really kind of bowed up and made some big pitches right there at the end.''

Leading 4-1 in the sixth, he gave up leadoff double to Leury Garcia. Tim Anderson followed with a single off the pitcher's glove, putting runners on first and third.

But Snell struck out Jose Abreu while Anderson stole second. He struck out Welington Castillo and got Yoan Moncada on three pitches each to end the threat.

''I felt really good today,'' Snell said. ''In those situations, I felt very composed and in control the whole time. I knew what I had to do and I was able to do it today.''

Since a season-opening loss to Houston, he has held Colorado and Chicago to one run and one walk while striking out 24 over 13 innings.

Avisail Garcia had two hits, including an RBI single in the second that made it 4-0. He also struck out three times against his former team.

Tommy Pham scored two runs and extended his club-record on-base streak to 43 games.

Willy Adames had three hits and two runs, and Guillermo Heredia and Austin Meadows drew bases-loaded walks. Hunter Wood, recalled from Triple-A Durham, threw three scoreless for his first big league save.

Chicago's Carlos Rodon (1-2) gave up four runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. The left-hander walked five and threw a wild pitch to go with nine strikeouts.

Jose Rondon homered against Snell in the fifth, stopping a 35-inning scoreless streak by Tampa Bay starters. Carson Fulmer worked three innings after being recalled from Triple-A Charlotte, then got optioned back to the minors after the White Sox fell to 3-6.

Manager Rick Renteria and pitching coach Don Cooper noticed a hitch in Rodon's delivery in the early going.

''He was talking to him throughout the ballgame,'' Renteria said of Cooper. ''You literally could see the difference when he was doing a nice, clean, back-to-front motion that Coop always talks about.''

Rodon threw 65 pitches in the first two innings and walked four as Tampa Bay grabbed a 4-0 lead.

Heredia drew a bases-loaded walk and Ji-Man Choi added a sacrifice fly in the first. Brandon Lowe ended that rally by striking out with the bases loaded when he tried to check his swing on a low 3-2 pitch that looked like ball four.

The Rays scored two more in the second on an RBI bunt single by Daniel Robertson and base hit to center by Avisail Garcia.

ROSTER MOVES

Rays: Tampa Bay optioned INF Christian Arroyo to Triple-A.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: RHP Jose De Leon and RHP Brent Honeywell, both working their way back from Tommy John surgery, threw about 10 to 15 pitches in simulated games on Monday, manager Kevin Cash said. ''Now, that will start them getting back to their rehab process,'' Cash said. ''There's a two-month calendar on my desk right now that I haven't quite looked at their timeline.''

UP NEXT

Houston RHP Charlie Morton (1-0, 1.64 ERA) starts Tuesday. He tossed six scoreless innings against Colorado on Wednesday in a game Tampa Bay lost 1-0 in the 11th. Chicago has not announced a starter, though RHP Ervin Santana is just about ready to join the rotation. Signed to a minor league deal in February, the two-time All Star missed most of last season due to an injured right middle finger.

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  • W: B. Snell (2-1)L: C. Rodon (1-2)S: H. Wood (1)
  • HR: CHW - J. Rondon (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
Y. Diaz DH61200025.308.386.6151.0022.0
T. Pham LF32100212.275.400.275.6758.5
D. Robertson 3B40210111.233.281.233.5155.5
A. Garcia RF50210037.207.258.241.4991.5
G. Heredia CF30010114.300.417.400.8171.5
a- A. Meadows PH00010100.235.316.441.7572.0
K. Kiermaier CF00000000.300.353.6671.0200.0
J. Choi 1B40010025.323.371.387.7590.0
M. Zunino C30000210.069.129.069.1981.5
B. Lowe 2B50100023.242.286.394.6801.0
W. Adames SS42300112.184.205.211.4166.5
  • a-walked for Heredia in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Garcia RF40300010.375.394.438.8313.5
T. Anderson SS40100022.517.533.7931.3262.0
J. Abreu 1B40000013.243.300.541.841-0.5
W. Castillo DH30000023.133.409.133.542-1.0
a- Y. Alonso PH-DH10000000.154.371.269.6410.0
Y. Moncada 3B40000022.316.366.579.945-1.0
E. Jimenez LF40200020.257.316.257.5731.0
J. Rondon 2B41211022.250.286.500.7866.0
J. McCann C30100012.316.316.421.7370.5
A. Engel CF30000013.143.143.429.571-0.5
  • a-lined out for Castillo in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Lowe (2), W. Adames
  • SF - J. Choi
  • RBI - D. Robertson (2), A. Garcia, G. Heredia (3), A. Meadows (6), J. Choi (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Meadows (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Diaz 4 (4), G. Heredia 2 (2), J. Choi 5 (5), B. Lowe 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Garcia (2)
  • HR - J. Rondon
  • RBI - J. Rondon (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Rondon
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Castillo, Y. Moncada 2 (2), J. Rondon, A. Engel 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Pham 2 (5), D. Robertson
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Anderson (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Robertson-Lowe-Choi; Adames-Lowe-Choi)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Snell (W, 2-1)6.061101112.840.8926.5
H. Wood (S, 1)3.03000300.001.0014.5
PITCHERSIP
B. Snell (W, 2-1)6.0
H. Wood (S, 1)3.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Rodon (L, 1-2)4.28445903.381.25-5.5
C. Fulmer3.03112303.001.674.5
N. Jones1.10001206.751.753.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Rodon (L, 1-2)4.2
C. Fulmer3.0
N. Jones1.1
PITCHING
  • WP - B. Snell
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 100-66, H. Wood 43-29
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 2-4, H. Wood 3-2
  • Batters Faced - B. Snell 23, H. Wood 11
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Rodon (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Rodon 111-62, C. Fulmer 47-28, N. Jones 26-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Rodon 3-2, C. Fulmer 4-2
  • Batters Faced - C. Rodon 27, C. Fulmer 14, N. Jones 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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Y. Diaz DH61200025.308.386.6151.0022.0
T. Pham LF32100212.275.400.275.6758.5
D. Robertson 3B40210111.233.281.233.5155.5
A. Garcia RF50210037.207.258.241.4991.5
G. Heredia CF30010114.300.417.400.8171.5
a- A. Meadows PH00010100.235.316.441.7572.0
K. Kiermaier CF00000000.300.353.6671.0200.0
J. Choi 1B40010025.323.371.387.7590.0
M. Zunino C30000210.069.129.069.1981.5
B. Lowe 2B50100023.242.286.394.6801.0
W. Adames SS42300112.184.205.211.4166.5
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  • a-walked for Heredia in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Garcia RF40300010.375.394.438.8313.5
T. Anderson SS40100022.517.533.7931.3262.0
J. Abreu 1B40000013.243.300.541.841-0.5
W. Castillo DH30000023.133.409.133.542-1.0
a- Y. Alonso PH-DH10000000.154.371.269.6410.0
Y. Moncada 3B40000022.316.366.579.945-1.0
E. Jimenez LF40200020.257.316.257.5731.0
J. Rondon 2B41211022.250.286.500.7866.0
J. McCann C30100012.316.316.421.7370.5
A. Engel CF30000013.143.143.429.571-0.5
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  • a-lined out for Castillo in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Lowe (2), W. Adames
  • SF - J. Choi
  • RBI - D. Robertson (2), A. Garcia, G. Heredia (3), A. Meadows (6), J. Choi (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Meadows (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Diaz 4 (4), G. Heredia 2 (2), J. Choi 5 (5), B. Lowe 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Garcia (2)
  • HR - J. Rondon
  • RBI - J. Rondon (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Rondon
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Castillo, Y. Moncada 2 (2), J. Rondon, A. Engel 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Pham 2 (5), D. Robertson
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Anderson (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Robertson-Lowe-Choi; Adames-Lowe-Choi)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Snell (W, 2-1)6.061101112.840.8926.5
H. Wood (S, 1)3.03000300.001.0014.5
Total9.09110141---
PITCHERSIP
B. Snell (W, 2-1)6.0
H. Wood (S, 1)3.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Rodon (L, 1-2)4.28445903.381.25-5.5
C. Fulmer3.03112303.001.674.5
N. Jones1.10001206.751.753.0
Total9.011558140---
PITCHERSIP
C. Rodon (L, 1-2)4.2
C. Fulmer3.0
N. Jones1.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - B. Snell
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 100-66, H. Wood 43-29
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 2-4, H. Wood 3-2
  • Batters Faced - B. Snell 23, H. Wood 11
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Rodon (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Rodon 111-62, C. Fulmer 47-28, N. Jones 26-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Rodon 3-2, C. Fulmer 4-2
  • Batters Faced - C. Rodon 27, C. Fulmer 14, N. Jones 5
  • 8TH INNING
    Meadows walked, Adames scored, Diaz to third, Robertson to second51
  • 5TH INNING
    Rondon homered to left41
  • 2ND INNING
    Garcia singled to left, Pham scored, Robertson to third40
    Robertson reached on bunt single to second, Adames scored, Pham to second30
  • 1ST INNING
    Choi hit sacrifice fly to center, Pham scored20
    Heredia walked, Diaz scored, Pham to third, Robertson to second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • N. Jones Pitching:
    • M. Zunino: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
    • B. Lowe: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Lowe lined out to left
    • W. Adames: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Adames walked
    • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Diaz flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Yonder Alonso hit for Welington Castillo
    • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Alonso lined out to right
    • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Moncada grounded out to first
    • E. Jimenez: Strike looking, Jimenez singled to center
    • J. Rondon: Ball, Strike looking, Jimenez to second on fielder's indifference, Foul, Strike swinging, Rondon struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • C. Fulmer Pitching:
    • W. Adames: Ball, Adames singled to left
    • Y. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Diaz singled to left, Adames to second
    • T. Pham: Ball, Foul, Pham grounded out to third, Adames to third, Diaz to second
    • D. Robertson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Robertson walked
    • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
    • Austin Meadows hit for Guillermo Heredia
    • A. Meadows: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to second, Ball, Meadows walked, Adames scored, Diaz to third, Robertson to second
    • Nate Jones relieved Carson Fulmer
    • J. Choi: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Choi struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Kevin Kiermaier in center field
    • L. Garcia: Foul, Ball, Garcia singled to left
    • T. Anderson: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Anderson grounded out to second, Garcia out at second
    • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Abreu popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • C. Fulmer Pitching:
    • J. Choi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Choi struck out looking
    • M. Zunino: Zunino popped out to first
    • B. Lowe: Strike looking, Lowe grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Hunter Wood relieved Blake Snell
    • E. Jimenez: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jimenez singled to left center
    • J. Rondon: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Rondon struck out swinging
    • J. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
    • A. Engel: Ball, Strike looking, Engel grounded bunt out to first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Fulmer Pitching:
    • T. Pham: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
    • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Robertson grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Garcia: Foul, Ball, Garcia reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • G. Heredia: Foul, Ball, Heredia flied out to center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • L. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Garcia doubled to left
    • T. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Anderson reached on an infield single to pitcher, Garcia to third
    • J. Abreu: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging, Anderson stole second
    • W. Castillo: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castillo struck out swinging
    • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Rodon Pitching:
    • J. Choi: Strike swinging, Ball, Choi grounded out to second
    • M. Zunino: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zunino walked
    • B. Lowe: Lowe doubled to deep right, Zunino to third
    • W. Adames: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
    • Carson Fulmer relieved Carlos Rodon
    • Y. Diaz: Diaz grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • Y. Moncada: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Moncada grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Jimenez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Jimenez struck out swinging
    • J. Rondon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rondon homered to left
    • J. McCann: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, McCann singled to center
    • A. Engel: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Rodon Pitching:
    • T. Pham: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pham reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • D. Robertson: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pham stole second, Strike swinging, Robertson struck out swinging
    • A. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Garcia struck out looking
    • G. Heredia: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Heredia struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • L. Garcia: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Garcia singled to right
    • T. Anderson: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Abreu lined out to right
    • W. Castillo: Ball, Garcia to second on wild pitch, Ball, Castillo lined out to second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Rodon Pitching:
    • M. Zunino: Zunino flied out to center
    • B. Lowe: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Lowe struck out looking
    • W. Adames: Foul, Strike looking, Adames singled to left center
    • Y. Diaz: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • J. Rondon: Ball, Strike looking, Rondon reached on an infield single to second
    • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Foul, McCann flied out to deep right
    • A. Engel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Engel grounded out to second, Rondon out at second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Rodon Pitching:
    • W. Adames: Ball, Adames doubled to deep left
    • Y. Diaz: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
    • T. Pham: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Adames to third on wild pitch, Ball, Pham walked
    • D. Robertson: Robertson reached on bunt single to second, Adames scored, Pham to second
    • A. Garcia: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pham stole third Robertson stole second,, Foul, Garcia singled to left, Pham scored, Robertson to third
    • G. Heredia: Pickoff attempt to first, Heredia reached on fielder's choice to third, Robertson out at home, Garcia to third, Heredia to second
    • J. Choi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Choi grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • W. Castillo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Castillo struck out looking
    • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
    • E. Jimenez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Jimenez struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Rodon Pitching:
    • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Diaz singled to right
    • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pham walked, Diaz to second
    • D. Robertson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Robertson singled to right, Diaz to third, Pham to second
    • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
    • G. Heredia: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Heredia walked, Diaz scored, Pham to third, Robertson to second
    • J. Choi: Ball, Choi hit sacrifice fly to center, Pham scored
    • M. Zunino: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Zunino walked, Robertson to third, Heredia to second
    • B. Lowe: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • L. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
    • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Abreu popped out to second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)