Sale, Dunn lead White Sox to second consecutive win
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com April 25, 2013 10:27PM
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 25: Chicago White Sox players celebrate their win against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 25, 2013 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago White Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
Chris Sale regrouped to finish with with seven strong innings after issuing four early walks, Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer, and the Sox scored three runs in an inning for the first time without the benefit of a homer to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 on Thursday night.
The win was the second in a row for the Sox (9-12), who will try for their first three-game winning streak of the season with Jake Peavy pitching against the Rays (10-12) on Friday night.
Doubles by Alejandro De Aza and Jeff Keppinger (RBI), a walk to Alex Rios, an RBI single by Paul Konerko and a sacrifice fly by Conor Gillaspie produced three runs in the first inning.
The Sox waited till the sixth to score via the homer when Dunn, who had shown some signs of life with three walks Wednesday and two hard-hit outs his first at-bats Thursday, cleared the right-field fence with Rios (walk) on first to give Sale a 5-2 lead. Dunn was 2-for-46 in his previous 12 games.
Kepppinger, who had his third consecutive multihit game, was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored against the team he played for last season. Rios singled and walked two times and scored two runs.
Sale pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits. He struck out seven and walked four. Evan Longoria singled in a run in the first and Jose Lobaton hit his first homer with two outs in the fourth for the Rays.
Matt Lindstrom pitched a perfect eighth inning and Addison Reed a scoreless ninth for his seventh save in as many opportunities.