Number of the day
12 Runs given up by Rays, a season high and most since a 13-5 home loss to Boston on Sept. 15.
Number of the day II
17 Hits given up by Rays, most since Aug. 9, 2008, at Seattle (17) and most at the Trop since Sept. 26, 2007, vs. Yankees (18).
Deja vu of the day
One year ago today (April 18-20, 2008), the Rays lost two of three to the White Sox at Tropicana Field to drop to 8-11. After that, the Rays won six in a row, 11 in a row at home, and went 89-54 (.622) over the remainder of the season.
Packing the Trop
Sunday's game drew 29,142, bringing the final tally to 202,905 for the season-opening seven-game homestand. The Rays are averaging 28,986, a 59.6 percent increase from 2008, when they averaged 18,159 through seven home games.
Up next: Tuesday at Mariners, 10:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Andy Sonnanstine (0-1, 6.52); Mariners — Jarrod Washburn (2-0, 1.29)
Wednesday: at Mariners, 10:10, FSN. Rays — Jeff Niemann (0-2, 6.35); Mariners — Chris Jakubauskas (1-1, 3.86)
Thursday: at Mariners, 6:40, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (2-1, 4.58); Mariners — Felix Hernandez (2-0, 4.26)
Joe Smith, Times staff writer
White Sox 12, Rays 2
E—Garza (1). LOB—Chicago 8, Tampa Bay 5. 2B—Thome (1), Dye (2), Kapler (3), Zobrist (2). HR—Pierzynski (1), off Garza; Quentin (7), off Wheeler; Thome (3), off Wheeler; Zobrist (3), off Floyd. RBIs—Getz 2 (3), Quentin 2 (13), Thome 2 (7), Konerko 2 (11), Pierzynski 2 (2), Betemit (2), Zobrist 2 (9). SB—B.Upton (3). SF—Konerko. GIDP—Quentin, Pierzynski, Betemit, Longoria. RISP—Chicago 5; T.B. 5. DP—Chicago 1; T.B. 3
Floyd W, 2-1762207914.74
Garza L, 1-15M67754984.58
HBP—by Garza (Quentin). T—2:54. A—29,142 (36,973).
How they scored
White Sox second
Thome walked on four pitches. Dye flied out to Crawford. Konerko grounded out, Garza to Iwamura to Pena, Thome to second. Pierzynski homered to right on a 2-0 count, Thome scored. Betemit struck out. 2 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 left on. White Sox 2, Rays 0.
White Sox third
Kapler in as. Anderson singled to left. Getz flied out to Kapler. Lillibridge singled to left, Anderson to second. Quentin was hit by a pitch, Anderson to third, Lillibridge to second. Thome grounded out, Zobrist to Pena, Anderson scored, Lillibridge to third, Quentin to second. Dye grounded out, Aybar to Pena. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 left on. White Sox 3, Rays 0.
White Sox sixth
Thome walked on a full count. Dye doubled to left, Thome to third. Konerko hit a sacrifice fly to Crawford, Thome scored. Pierzynski walked on four pitches. Betemit flied out to Crawford. Anderson infield single to short, Dye to third, Pierzynski to second. On Garza's error, Dye scored, Pierzynski to third, Anderson to second. Cormier pitching. Getz singled to center, Pierzynski scored, Anderson scored. Lillibridge singled to right, Getz to second. Quentin flied out to Gross. 4 runs, 4 hits, 1 error, 2 left on. White Sox 7, Rays 0.
White Sox seventh
Thome doubled to center. Dye infield single to second, Thome to third. Konerko singled to left, Thome scored, Dye to second. Pierzynski grounded into a double play, Zobrist to Iwamura to Pena, Dye to third, Konerko out. Betemit singled to left, Dye scored. Anderson flied out to Kapler. 2 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on. White Sox 9, Rays 0.
Owens in as. Anderson in as. Pena singled to right. Aybar popped out to Lillibridge. Zobrist homered to right on the first pitch, Pena scored. Gross grounded out, Getz to Konerko. Iwamura struck out. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 left on. White Sox 9, Rays 2.
White Sox eighth
Wheeler pitching. Getz singled to left. Lillibridge grounded into fielder's choice, Aybar to Iwamura, Getz out. Quentin homered to left on a 1-1 count, Lillibridge scored. Thome homered to left on a 0-2 count. Owens lined out to Gross. Konerko flied out to Crawford. 3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 0 left on. White Sox 12, Rays 2.