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Here’s a quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on Wednesday.
How it happened: The White Sox’s offense and pitching were clicking Wednesday in unison again. White Sox starter Jose Quintana was cruising until he was tossed from the game after throwing behind Rays cleanup hitter Ben Zobrist in the fourth inning. The pitch was apparently deemed by home-plate umpire Mark Wegner as retaliation to White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski being plunked by a pitch in the third inning. The White Sox’s bullpen allowed two runs, but the relievers held the Rays off in the end. The White Sox’s No. 7 and No. 8 hitters Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez provided a bulk of the offense, combing for five hits and three RBIs.
What it means: The White Sox remained the hottest team in baseball. They have won eight consecutive games, their longest win streak since winning nine in a row from July 4-15, 2010, and 12 of their last 13. It's their first series sweep in St. Petersburg in almost five years.
The White Sox’s lead on the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central also grew to 1 ½ games after the Indians lost again to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.
Play of the game: Orlando Hudson scooped a slow roller with his right hand off the turf and threw out Elliot Johnson at first base in the third inning. Hudson has had a handful of highlight plays at third base since joining the team last week.
Outside the box: The White Sox have five hitters placed in the top 30 in the American League in average. Paul Konerko, Pierzynski, Viciedo, Alejandro De Aza and Alex Rios are all among the American League leaders.
Up next: The White Sox have Thursday off before returning home to play the Seattle Mariners on Friday. Jake Peavy (6-1, 3.01) will start for the White Sox and will be countered by Mariners starter Felix Hernandez (4-4, 3.17).