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Monday, April 28, 2014
Rapid Reaction: White Sox 7, Rays 3

By Doug Padilla


 
CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 7-3 on Monday to improve to 9-5 at home this season.

How it happened: Marcus Semien, just moved to the No. 9 hole in the lineup, delivered the go-ahead RBI double with two out in the fourth inning. Adam Eaton added a two-run double in the sixth inning. Andre Rienzo struggled early, but settled down to give up three runs on five hits over six innings to win for the second time in two starts this season.

What it means: The White Sox didn’t have to lean so hard on Jose Abreu to wrap up the series victory. Just named co-American League Player of the Week, Abreu had two hits and an RBI, but it was others that did the heavy lifting. The White Sox won three of the four games in the series, more victories than they had against the Rays all last season.

Outside the box: The White Sox have gone 10-8 so far during their stretch of 23 consecutive games against opponents that posted winning records in 2013. The run, which continues through May 4, includes seven games against the Cleveland Indians, six against the Detroit Tigers and three against the defending World Series champion. The Texas Rangers and Rays have also been on the schedule.

Off beat: Coming up through the ranks, Tyler Flowers was always known as a power threat who strikes out aplenty. This season, though, he has completely changed his style. Sure, the strikeouts are there (29 of them), but he is currently batting .373, a mark that would lead the American League if he had enough at-bats to qualify. And instead of hitting balls over the fence or into the gaps, Flowers has delivered singles for 25 of his 28 hits.

Numbers watch: Alexei Ramirez continues to buck his career trend by hitting well in April. He has 38 hits in the opening month, one off Paul Konerko’s March/April team record set in 2002. Nellie Fox has the most hits in any month for the White Sox, collecting 48 in June 1955.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Jose Quintana (1-2, 3.90 ERA) to the mound Tuesday against the Tigers in the opener of a two-game series. Detroit will counter with right-hander Justin Verlander (3-1, 2.18) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.