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White Sox 6, Rays 5 (10 innings): Avoid season sweep

White Sox walk off Rays with three walks in extras to avoid 0-6 record against Tampa Bay

awooogah! /whistles
awooogah! /whistles
White Sox

This game started off like gangbusters, with the White Sox scoring 5 times in the first inning.

  • 0 outs
  • Adam Eaton Leadoff walk
  • Tyler Saladino Single
  • Jose Abreu RBI single
  • Melky Cabrera gound-rule double.
  • Avisail Garcia three-run run bomb

Carlos Rodon left the door cracked open however, lasting only 4⅔ innings and giving four runs back as the Rays devilishly clawed their way back in. They got two back in the third, then after a Evan Longoria home run and a walk to Logan Forsythe the rookie was lifted for Matt Albers, who let the inherited runner score from first on an Asdrubal Cabrera double before retiring the side.

The bullpen held serve until the eighth when Zach Duke blew the save; two strikeouts and a tie game after one inning of work.

David Robertson worked the ninth and 10th, facing the minimum and earning himself a W, as the bottom of the 10th played out like this:

Eaton flared a 2-2 pitch from Brad Boxberger into shallow center field for a base hit. Eaton then took second base on a steal, but Asdrubal Cabrera missed the throw. It glanced off his glove and popped him in the ear. He was shaken up and Eaton scrambled down to third base. Saladino flied out to shallow left field, but not deep enough to score Spanky.

With one out, the Rays issued back-to-back intentional walks to Abreu and Cabrera, loading the bases and setting up the double play. However, a walk to Avisail Garcia ended the game instead.

The Sox are 51-55, four games back of the second wild card spot, with an off day tomorrow.