Price, Rays finish off sweep of White Sox
Reeling Sox have lost nine of last eleven
American League Cy Young Award winner David Price produced his second dominant outing since returning from the disabled list as the Tampa Bay Rays completed a three-game sweep of the reeling Chicago White Sox with a 3-1 win on Sunday at Tropicana Field.
Price, who came back from a bout with triceps tightness on Tuesday and allowed three hits in seven innings to beat Houston, gave up one earned run and eight hits in a complete game that improved his record to 3-4.
White Sox starter John Danks (2-6) was sharp but outdone by timely hitting from the Rays. He allowed three runs, eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts in seven innings.
Tampa Bay improved to 49-40. Chicago (34-51) has lost nine of its last 11 games.
The Rays took a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Desmond Jennings, who has been hitting above .400 since being moved back to the leadoff spot on Monday, started a inning with a double and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Sean Rodriguez. Newly named All-Star Ben Zobrist delivered his 45th RBI of the season with a flyout to center.
Rodriguez's broken-bat single to left gave the Rays a 2-0 lead in the fifth. Yunel Escobar singled to left to start the trouble against Danks with two out and the bases empty. Jennings followed with a walk. Escobar then beat left fielder Casper Wells' throw home on Rodriguez's hit for the two-run lead.
Rookie Josh Phegley hit his first MLB home run in the sixth to pull the White Sox within a run.
Tampa Bay recouped the run in the seventh when Luke Scott (2-for-3) led off with a triple high off the padding on the right field wall and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jose Molina.
NOTES: White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale is tied for fourth in the American League with a 2.78 ERA but is 31st in run support (2.46). ... Phegley had 15 home runs in 61 games before being recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Friday. ... Rays C Jose Molina threw out two attempted base stealers, including Wells at second base in the seventh inning. ... White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham continued his torrid hitting since returning from the disabled list 13 games ago. With two singles, he is batting .341 and is 20-for-48 (.417) since his return. ... With a triple, 11 of Scott's last 19 hits have gone for extra bases.
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