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Same Old White Sox Lose Their 4th Straight 6-3

The White Sox have been mired by wasted opportunities from a lifeless offense and regressing pitching in their latest loss.

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Photo: AP Photo/Chris O'Meara

The Chicago White Sox traveled to South Florida for a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday. It was the same old story as it’s been lately for the White Sox. They dropped their fourth game in a row and fourth in their last six.

Right-hander Vince Velasquez was a late scratch due to a groin injury. Davis Martin was recalled from Triple-A to pitch in his place. Martin pitched well in a start he made vs Kansas City back in May in his major league debut. Martin gave up four runs on five hits and walked three in 5.1 innings. He settled down nicely after a long first inning where he gave up four runs.

Ray Waste No Time

The four-run first inning was highlighted by a Randy Arozarena homer in the first inning off Martin. His two-run shot came after a Yandy Diaz double, a walk to Emmanuel Margot, and Ji-Man Choi’s sacrifice fly that scored Diaz, who advanced on a wild pitch. Harold Ramirez then plated Margot on an RBI single.

Shane McClanahan continued his dominant season and won his fourth straight start. He gave up just two runs on six hits and fanned eight in 6.0 innings. The damage came via an RBI ground out from Yoan Moncada in the third and a towering solo home run by Jose Abreu in the sixth.

Another Bullpen Collapse and Rally Falls Short

After Abreu’s homer cut the lead in half 4-2, Choi made it 6-2 with a two-out double off Matt Foster in the seventh.

White Sox threatened in the ninth inning. Moncada ripped a single to score Gavin sheets from third. But after José Abreu was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Colin Poche struck out Luis Robert to end the game.

Notes

Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

Lance Lynn made his second rehab start in Triple-A.

Dylan Cease and Kendall Graveman were reinstated from the restricted list.

What’s On Tap Next?

Saturday afternoon’s contest will see Dylan Cease against Drew Rasmussen for the White Sox and Rays, respectively. You can watch the game on NBC Sports Net Chicago. Sox On Tap will have the post game show.

Tune in to the Sox On Tap podcast for postgame reaction and further White Sox commentary all season.

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