In the first 26 games of the 2014 season, the Chicago White Sox scored 143 runs, which was the most in the entire Major Leagues. The White Sox added seven more runs to that total in a 7-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.
A trio of two-run innings powered the Sox to their 14th win of the season and a four-game series victory of the Rays, who dropped to 11-15 on the year.
Five White Sox hitters (Eaton, Abreu, Dunn, Ramirez and Flowers) had at least two hits in the win. Jose Abreu knocked in his 32nd run of the month, which extended his MLB rookie record for most RBI’s in the month of April.
After a weird start to the game that saw the Rays take an early 2-0 lead on a bunt play that resulted from both White Sox errors in the game and a Matt Joyce sacrifice fly, the Sox reeled off seven of the game’s final eight runs.
Alejandro De Aza got the White Sox on the board with his first home run since the opening series of the season against the Minnesota Twins.
The White Sox take their four-game series win momentum into a pair of games in the next couple days against the Detroit Tigers and their pair of Cy Young winners.
- Updated White Sox offensive numbers: 143 runs (1st in MLB), .270 BA (4th in MLB), .332 OBP (7th in MLB) and a .432 slugging percentage (3rd in MLB).
- Andre Rienzo improved to 2-0 on the season by going six full innings, gave up five hits, three runs (two earned), walked three and struck out four Rays on 105 pitches. Other than the weird top half of the first inning, Rienzo was fairly solid.
- How timely has the White Sox hitting been? Six of their seven runs knocked in on Monday were with two outs. Alejandro De Aza and Adam Eaton each had two.