Despite a strong outing by rookie lefthander Matt Moore, the Rays lost 2-1 to the White Sox Monday before a Memorial Day crowd of 22,227 at Tropicana Field.
The Rays simply couldn't crack White Sox lefty Chris Sale, who stole the show by setting a Tropicana Field record with 15 strikeouts, a career-high. He allowed just three hits over 7 1/3 innings.
Moore delivered arguably his best start of the year, allowing just two runs and four hits over a season-high seven innings. Moore did give up the lead in the sixth, on a mammoth two-run blast by White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn.
Catcher Jose Lobaton, activated from the disabled list before the game, knocked in the Rays only run, an RBI single in the fourth inning. Rays manager Joe Maddon put out a very different lineup, resting Matt Joyce, Luke Scott and Carlos Pena (who entered the game in the 7th). Joyce and Scott both pinch-hit in the ninth, but to no avail.
The Rays fell to 28-20, and will face the White Sox again Tuesday at the Trop.