Rays make a mess in 9-2 loss
What had been a crisp afternoon with the Rays leading by a run turned into an ugly 9-2 loss to the White Sox as the Rays made a team-record four errors in the sixth inning.
Their miscues - by Ben Zobrist, David Price, Wil Myers and Yunel Escobar - led to five Chicago runs. Some poor pitching, by Price and reliever Josh Lueke, led to four more the next inning.
The Rays felt pretty good about themselves going into the game, coming off a 4-0 win the night before, having their ace, Price, on the mound against Chicago starter Scott Carroll, a 29-year-old making his major-league debut.
In reality, the game was pretty much even through the first five innings.
The Rays didn't do much against Carroll, and hit into a pair of double plays when they did, though they had a 1-0 lead thanks to Sox rightfielder Dayan Viciedo basically whiffing on an Escobar fly ball, allowing David DeJesus to score from first.
Price, meanwhile, was sharp though not overpowering, but with the help of some dazzling defense behind him, specifically diving catches by Evan Longoria and Desmond Jennings, posted five zeroes.
But everything changed in the sixth as the Sox scored five runs.
Zobrist started the parade of errors, booting a ground ball by leadoff man Gordon Beckham. Adam Eaton followed with a grounder that went off Escobar's glove as he tried a backhand play, and was scored a hit.
And then things got really bad.
Price fielded Marcus Semien's bunt and threw wildly to first, several feet inside, allowing the first run in. Rightfielder Wil Myers made the next error, failing twice to pick up the ball, and then double-pumping as Eaton scored.
Price then made a huge mistake, leaving his next pitch over the plate for rookie Jose Abreu, who crushed it for a two-run homer, his 10th of the month.
Viciedo followed with a double, and after Price struck out Paul Konerko, Escobar made the fourth error of the inning, airmailing his throw after fielding Alexei Ramirez's grounder, allowing Viciedo to score.
Price allowed a walk, single and double to start the seventh and was replaced by Lueke, who continued his struggles, allowing four more runs.
The Rays (11-14) have lost four of their last five and, weather permitting, wrap up their series with the White Sox on Monday night.