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Rapid Reaction: White Sox 7, Rays 2

6/1/2012

Here’s a quick look at the Chicago White Sox’s 7-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on Tuesday.

How it happened: White Sox starter Philip Humber picked up his first win since throwing a perfect game on April 21. Humber allowed five hits and two runs in seven innings. The White Sox were trailing 2-1 after five innings, but five different players drove in runs off Rays starter James Shields in the sixth inning. Alexei Ramirez had his third multi-hit performance in four games and drove in two RBIs. Dayan Viciedo also had three hits, including a home run, for the White Sox. Paul Konerko, who was 0-for-4, had his hitting streak snapped at 14 games.

What it means: The White Sox moved into first place in the American League Central with the Cleveland Indians’ loss on Tuesday. The White Sox also extended their winning streak to seven games. It’s their longest win streak since 2010.

Outside the box: The White Sox have homered in 15 consecutive games and have hit 39 home runs in May. The White Sox’s record for the most home runs in a month is 51, which they did in August of 2001 and July of 2003. Adam Dunn has 11 home runs in May.

Up next: The White Sox conclude their three-game series with the Rays on Wednesday. Jose Quintana (1-0, 1.54) will start for the White Sox after picking up his first major league win in his last outing. Alex Cobb (2-0, 2.25) will start for the Rays.