Final Score: Chicago 5, Tampa Bay 4
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Tyler Greene hit a two-run homer and Hector
Gimenez and Conor Gillaspie both added solo shots as the Chicago White Sox
edged the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-4, in the second installment of a four-game set at
U.S. Cellular Field.
Adam Dunn added a pair of hits and drove in a run for the White Sox, who have
won three straight.
Chicago starter Jake Peavy (3-1) allowed three runs on six hits -- including
two homers -- while striking out six over 6 2/3 innings. Addison Reed gave up
one run in the ninth, but stranded a pair of baserunners to seal the win and
record his eighth save of the season.
"Jake had a good game. He had a rough inning, but other than that he was real
good," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Our guys kept plugging away
Matt Joyce and Evan Longoria homered for the Rays, losers in three of their
last four. Kelly Johnson added an RBI.
"I think we have to capitalize on these close games. I think a lot of the good
teams do. Usually, the teams that make the playoffs have a lot of moments when
they win close games," Joyce said. "We still have a long way to go, but we
will figure out how to win those games."
Roberto Hernandez (1-4) allowed all five Chicago runs on eight hits over six
innings to absorb the loss.
Chicago scored three runs in the fifth inning to take a 4-3 lead. Hernandez
hit a leadoff homer, the first of his career, to right field. After Jordan
Danks grounded out, Alejandro De Aza ripped a single up the middle. Greene
followed with a two-run shot to center field to put the hosts ahead.
Gillaspie added a solo shot in the sixth.
Jose Molina ripped a one-out double off the top of the wall in center field in
the ninth inning. Reed was able to get Sam Fuld to pop out to Gimenez behind
the plate, but Joyce followed with a line drive base hit to right to push
Molina across. Ryan Roberts worked a two-out walk, but Reed struck out Ben
Zobrist with a slider to end the game.
Joyce homered to right in the third to put the Rays ahead 1-0.
Longoria laced a homer to right-center field and Johnson added an RBI single
in the fourth to give Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead.
Dunn ripped a base hit to right field in the home half to score Alex Rios to
make it 3-1.
It took Gimenez 295 at-bats to get his first homer ... Rios had his fourth
stolen base of the season ... White Sox starters have allowed just 14 earned
runs over the last 57 1/3 innings pitched ... Longoria had six homers this
season ... Zobrist is just 2-for-20 over his last five games.
04/27 01:23:09 ET
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