Rays’ pitching dominant against Sox

by Gary Shelton on April 24, 2023

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Monday, 4 a.m.

This time, they didn't walk it off.

This time, they kind of trotted.

The scalding-hot Tampa Bay Rays swept the Chicago White Sox, winning a rather routine 4-1 game. The previous two games, the Rays had beaten Chicago on walk-offs.

This time, they clubbed them home runs in the second and third innings by Luke Raley and Harold Ramirez. It continued the Rays' streak of 22 games in a row with a home run at the start of the season, the best-ever in baseball history.

The Rays are now 13-0 at home, tied for the best in baseball history.

Tampa Bay won comfortably despite getting just five hits -- all of them for extra bases. The pitching made that plenty, however. Zach Eflin returned from the injury list and threw five innings of three-hit baseball.

"It kind of worked out perfectly," said Rays' manager Kevin Cash. "We wanted to get him at least four tops, probably five. He was so efficient."

Yonny Chirinos followed Eflin with three no-hit innings, and Pete Fairbanks worked the ninth for his third save.

Third baseman Isaac Peredes had seven assists from third base.

"He put on a clinic a third base throughout the game," Cash said. "A lot of really good defensive plays. Coming in on balls, backhand balls, that last play with (Andrew) Benintendi."

The Rays have swept five of their seven series this season.

They now play at Tropicana Field against the Houston Astros. The Rays will start rookie Taj Bradley against Jose Urquidy.

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