07/21 15:33 CDT Snell, d'Arnaud help Rays beat White Sox to end 5-game skid
Snell, d'Arnaud help Rays beat White Sox to end 5-game skid
By MARK DIDTLER
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) --- Blake Snell struck out 10 in six scoreless
innings, Travis d'Arnaud hit his first grand slam and the Tampa Bay Rays
stopped their longest losing streak of the year at five games by beating the
Chicago White Sox 4-2 on Sunday.
Snell (6-7) allowed three hits and two walks while throwing a season-high 109
D'Arnaud had been hitless in 11 at-bats since a three-homer game Monday night
in a 5-4 win over the New York Yankees that preceded his team's recent skid.
Yolmer Sanchez got his 21st triple since 2017 for the White Sox, who won the
first two games of the series and were seeking their first sweep since May
27-29 against Kansas City.
Yandy Diaz walked, Avisail Garcia singled and Joey Wendle also walked before
d'Arnaud sent a 1-1 pitch from Dylan Cease (1-2) into the left field seats for
a 4-0 lead.
The Rays got all three of their hits in the second, when Cease threw 44
pitches. He gave up four runs, three hits and four walks over five innings in
his third career start.
Sanchez had an RBI triple and scored on Adam Engel's infield single off Andrew
Kittredge to make it 4-2 in the seventh.
Emilio Pagan struck out the side in the eighth and Adam Kolarek got his first
save since Sept. 1 last year with a 1-2-3 ninth to complete a five-hitter.
Snell worked out of a second-and-third, none-out jam in the first. After Jose
Abreu struck out and with James McCann batting, Leury Garcia was tagged out
while trying to score from third on a pitch in the dirt that eluded d'Arnaud.
Snell covered the plate and took the throw from d'Arnaud.
The 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner ended the inning by striking out McCann.
The White Sox stole three bases, including a double steal, in the first off
Snell, who had two wild pitches during the third. ... Rays RF Austin Meadows
doubled in the second and has a career-best 12-game hitting streak. ... Engel
is 6 for 11 since being recalled Friday from Triple-A Charlotte.
Rays: CF Kevin Kiermaier (sprained left thumb) was placed on the 10-day injured
list. ... INF Matt Duffy (left hamstring strain) will be reinstated from the
60-day IL within the next couple of days. ... INF Daniel Robertson (right knee)
could start a rehab assignment Monday with Class A Charlotte.
White Sox: RHP Ivan Nova (4-9, 5.86 ERA) will face Miami RHP Trevor Richards
(3-11, 4.24) on Monday night to begin a 10-game homestand. Nova is 4-0 with a
0.98 ERA in four starts against the Marlins.
Rays: Had not announced a starter for Monday night against Boston and LHP
Eduardo Rodriguez (11-4, 4.34 ERA).
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