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Davis outpitches imperfect Buehrle in Rays' rout

Apr 22, 2010 - 4:48 AM CHICAGO(AP) -- This time, the only thing perfect about Mark Buehrle's outing against Tampa Bay was the Rays' approach at the plate.

"We didn't get too greedy," Evan Longoria said. "We just took what he gave us and got some breaks."

Facing Buehrle for the first time since his July 23 perfect game against them, the Rays knocked the White Sox ace out of the game in the fifth inning Wednesday night and went on to beat Chicago 12-0.

Longoria, Jason Bartlett and Sean Rodriguez had three hits apiece as Tampa Bay won for the eighth time in nine games. The attack backed an outstanding performance by Rays rookie Wade Davis (1-1), who allowed two hits in six innings.

Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen gave his team a pep talk after a fifth loss in six games. The last-place White Sox already trail AL Central-leading Minnesota by six games and are batting .217.

"I saw a lot of glum faces and I was kind of worried," Guillen said. "When you look up and see .180, .190, .200, .210, you want to hit .300 in one at-bat. That's hard to do. Just take it one at-bat at a time and give it your best shot."

Even having Mr. Perfect in the mound couldn't change Chicago's fortunes.

Buehrle struck out the side in the first inning and retired Carlos Pena on a liner to open the second - making it 31 up and 31 down in the lefty's last two games against the Rays - before B.J. Upton poked a double down the right-field line.

It was the first of several soft, opposite-field hits for the Rays.

"He pitches to the outside part of the plate and we didn't try to pull him," Upton said. "We were a lot smarter against him this time."

Buehrle (2-2), who allowed six runs on nine hits in 4 2-3 innings, said both the perfect game and Wednesday's outcome illustrate baseball's luck factor.

"If people watched the game, they saw what happened," he said. "But if they didn't, they'd say I got it handed to me. It was just one of those days."

Another difference between Wednesday and July 23: Rodriguez was in Tampa Bay's lineup this time.

Acquired from the Los Angeles Angels last September, Rodriguez was a spring-training sensation with a .460 average and six homers. During the season, however, he had struggled, entering the game batting .160 with no extra-base hits.

Rodriguez, playing for only the second time in a week, doubled to right in the third and scored the first run on Bartlett's single. His RBI single capped a four-run fourth that broke open the game. He added a three-run homer off Tony Pena during a six-run sixth.

"This guy's got a nice track record of success," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Most of it's been in Triple-A but ... his ability's going to translate in the big leagues. Once he gains his confidence here, he's going to play like what you saw in spring training."

Davis allowed Juan Pierre's bunt single to start the game and walked three of the next five batters before settling down. He didn't walk anybody else and the only other hit he allowed was Pierre's line-drive single in the sixth. He struck out six.

The 24-year-old right-hander has a 2.65 ERA, and he hasn't been intimidated despite going up against All-Star pitchers CC Sabathia, Josh Beckett and Buehrle in his three starts.

"I want to be in their position someday," Davis said. "It's competitive. You've got to bear down."

NOTES: In the fourth, Buehrle got Carlos Pena to hit a catchable foul pop but the ball fell between first baseman Paul Konerko and second baseman Gordon Beckham. Pena eventually walked, and soon the rout was on. ... Buehrle had been 8-2 against the Rays. ... Chicago's bullpen went into the game with a best-in-baseball 1.64 ERA but gave up six runs in the sixth. After Randy Williams issued two bases-loaded walks and was yanked, the small crowd that braved the 39-degree night let out a loud, sarcastic cheer when Scott Linebrink threw a strike on his first pitch. ... Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist didn't start for the first time this season. The outfielder-infielder is batting .115 since April 14. "He's been expanding his strike zone a little," Maddon said. "I just want him to sit and watch a little bit." ... White Sox RF Carlos Quentin went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and is hitless in his last 20 at-bats.






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    Rays 12, White Sox 0  FinalApr 22 5:42 AM


  • White Sox 0, Rays 12 - FINAL
    TAMPA BAY ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    J Bartlett ss 5 2 3 1 1 1 0 .258
    C Crawford lf 5 1 1 0 1 2 1 .327
    E Longoria 3b 5 2 3 1 0 2 2 .304
    C Pena 1b 3 1 0 1 1 1 2 .245
    B Upton cf 3 1 2 2 1 1 1 .245
    R Brignac 2b 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .348
    P Burre

    Apr 21 11:14 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO PAT BURRELL SCORED EVAN LONGORIA
    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, P BURRELL ON FIRST, B UPTON ON SECOND, C
    PENA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 12
    CHI WHITE SOX 0 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: G KAPLER (.200, 1-FOR-2, BB, RBI)

    Rays 12, White Sox 0  Top 6, 0 OutsApr 21 10:03 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO B.J. UPTON SCORED CARL CRAWFORD
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, B UPTON ON FIRST, C PENA ON SECOND, E
    LONGORIA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 11
    CHI WHITE SOX 0 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: P BURRELL (.238, 0-FOR-2, SF, RBI)

    Rays 11, White Sox 0  Top 6, 0 OutsApr 21 10:01 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY EVAN LONGORIA SCORED JASON BARTLETT
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, E LONGORIA ON FIRST, C CRAWFORD ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 10
    CHI WHITE SOX 0 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C PENA (.255, 0-FOR-1, BB, SF, RBI)

    Rays 10, White Sox 0  Top 6, 0 OutsApr 21 9:57 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY SEAN RODRIGUEZ (1) TO LEFT CENTER WITH
    1 OUT IN THE 6TH OFF TONY PENA SCORED DIONER NAVARRO AND
    GABE KAPLER.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 9, CHI WHITE SOX 0
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: J BARTLETT (.250, 2-FOR-3, RBI)

    Rays 9, White Sox 0  Top 6, 0 OutsApr 21 9:50 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY CARLOS PENA SCORED JASON BARTLETT
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, E LONGORIA ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 6
    CHI WHITE SOX 0 TOP,5TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B UPTON (.250, 2-FOR-2, RBI)

    Rays 6, White Sox 0  Top 5, 0 OutsApr 21 9:30 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY SEAN RODRIGUEZ SCORED GABE KAPLER
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, S RODRIGUEZ ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 5
    CHI WHITE SOX 0 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: J BARTLETT (.237, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Rays 5, White Sox 0  Top 4, 0 OutsApr 21 9:11 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GABE KAPLER SCORED B.J. UPTON
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, G KAPLER ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 4
    CHI WHITE SOX 0 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: D NAVARRO (.150, 0-FOR-1)

    Rays 4, White Sox 0  Top 4, 0 OutsApr 21 9:09 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY PAT BURRELL SCORED CARLOS PENA
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B UPTON ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 3
    CHI WHITE SOX 0 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: G KAPLER (.143, 0-FOR-1)

    Rays 3, White Sox 0  Top 4, 0 OutsApr 21 9:08 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY B.J. UPTON SCORED EVAN LONGORIA
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B UPTON ON FIRST, C PENA ON THIRD, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2
    CHI WHITE SOX 0 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: P BURRELL (.244, 0-FOR-1)

    Rays 2, White Sox 0  Top 4, 0 OutsApr 21 9:06 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JASON BARTLETT SCORED SEAN RODRIGUEZ
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J BARTLETT ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 1
    CHI WHITE SOX 0 TOP,3RD
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C CRAWFORD (.333, 0-FOR-1)

    Rays 1, White Sox 0  Top 3, 0 OutsApr 21 8:47 PM