Rays Drop Another One-Run Game To White Sox

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ST. PETERSBURG (620 WDAE) -- Matt Duffy's throwing error on Leury Garcia's sacrifice bunt allowed Tim Anderson to score and break a 1-1 tie in the ninth, as the Tampa Bay Rays dropped another one-run contest to the Chicago White Sox, a 2-1 decision Saturday at Tropicana Field.

Yonny Chirinos, who came on to start the fifth for Blake Snell, had not allowed a hit until Anderson doubled to begin the ninth inning.  Garcia failed to get the sacrifice down on the first two pitches of his at-bat, but squared with two strikes and put the ball in play to the left side of the infield, and Duffy's throw got past Jake Bauers at first and went in to the crowd, allowing Anderson to break the tie.

Snell was given a 1-0 lead in the second inning, as Carlos Gomez hustled out a one-out double.  A passed ball by Omar Narvaez allowed the outfielder to take third, and after Joey Wendle struck out for the second out, Willy Adames beat out an infield single to allow Gomez to score.

Chicago tied the game in the top of the fourth when Jose Abreu blasted his 19th home run of the season, a solo shot to straightaway center off Snell.

Gomez provided a little levity in the sixth after being hit by a Rodon pitch.  He flopped over in the left-handed batters box before getting up and laughing into the home dugout.

SUNDAY'S MATCHUP

Tampa Bay Rays (56-55) vs. Chicago White Sox (40-70), 1:10 p.m. first pitch, with coverage on WDAE beginning at 11:00 a.m. with The Inside Pitch presented by Crown Eurocars.

Rays starter - RHP Hunter Wood (0-0, 3.05 ERA)

White Sox starter - RHP James Shields (4-13, 4.56 ERA)

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