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Nix hits 1st grand slam in White Sox win

May 30, 2010 - 10:06 PM ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.(AP) -- Jayson Nix gave the White Sox an unlikely lift.

Nix hit his first career grand slam, helping Chicago beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-5 on Sunday to split a four-game series with the AL East-leaders.

"Every time you hit a homer it's a good feeling, but this one was great," said Nix, who went deep on a 3-2 pitch from James Shields. "When I got two strikes, I just wanted to put the ball in play and make something happen."

Nix put the White Sox up 7-3 on his homer in the sixth. He replaced Mark Teahen, who left in the fourth with a right middle finger injury, at third base.

"All of a sudden he just comes into the game, off the bench and hits a grand slam," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "That's how it works sometimes."

Ben Zobrist homered and had two RBIs for the Rays, who went 2-5 on a seven-game homestand. Tampa Bay, with the major's best record (34-17), is just 15-12 at home.

"Playing not as well here is dumbfounding," Maddon said. "I think, maybe, the other teams coming in are raising their level against right now. I really believe we'll right ourselves here."

Chicago, at 22-28, has not yet reached the high expectations coming out of spring training and White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen feels the team has little time to impress general manager Ken Williams heading into the non-waiver trade deadline in July.

"It's going to be a month to show Kenny, OK, we add or we subtract," Guillen said. "What way are we going to go? Are we going to move people or are we going to add people? I want to keep our guys. We've got to play good and make it tough for him."

Chicago right-hander Jake Peavy (4-4) allowed five runs and 10 hits over 5 1-3 innings.

"He struggled a little bit, but when that guy goes out there, he's going to battle all game no matter what he has," Guillen said.

Shields (5-3) went 5 1-3 innings, giving up seven runs and 11 hits.

"Absolute terrible game," Shields said. "For me, it's unacceptable. I'm better than that. I guess we've got to move on, but you go and put that loss on me."

After Matt Thornton allowed one hit over 2 1-3 scoreless innings, Tony Pena got the final two outs in the ninth in a non-save situation.

"He's amazing," Guillen said of Thornton. "I just took him out in the last inning because I don't want to abuse this guy. If we can't hold a three-run lead with two outs (to go), then we have problems."

White Sox closer Bobby Jenks, who tweaked his right calf running on Friday, was not available and is day to day.

Zobrist had a third-inning solo homer and added a sacrifice fly during a two-run fifth. The Rays pulled to 7-5 on RBI singles by Reid Brignac and Carl Crawford in the sixth.

Alex Rios hit an RBI single in a two-run first and had a solo shot during the third for Chicago. Omar Vizquel hit an eighth-inning run-scoring double.

NOTES: Tampa Bay players will be wearing hockey uniforms on the flight to Toronto for Monday night's game with the Blue Jays as part of a road trip theme. Many are sporting Chicago Blackhawks' sweaters, which the Stanley Cup finalists sent to the Rays for free. "It's all in fun," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "It's cool." ... White Sox 2B Gordon Beckman, who hit .167 with no extra base hits in May, got the day off. ... Rays SS Jason Bartlett, who strained his right hamstring Saturday, didn't play. He is also expected to sit out Monday's game. ... Teahen will have X-rays taken on Monday.








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    J Pierre lf 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .245
    A Pierzynski c 5 1 1 0 0 0 2 .211
    A Rios cf 5 1 3 2 0 0 0 .312
    P Konerko 1b 4 1 2 0 1 1 2 .262
    M Kotsay dh 5 1 1 1 0 1 1 .208
    C Quentin rf 3 1 0 0 0 1 2 .211
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    May 30 4:56 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY OMAR VIZQUEL SCORED ALEXEI RAMIREZ
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, O VIZQUEL ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 8
    TAMPA BAY 5 TOP,8TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: J PIERRE (.246, 1-FOR-3, HBP)

    White Sox 8, Rays 5  Top 8, 0 OutsMay 30 4:26 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARL CRAWFORD SCORED REID BRIGNAC
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C CRAWFORD ON FIRST, B ZOBRIST ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 7
    TAMPA BAY 5 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: E LONGORIA (.328, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    White Sox 7, Rays 5  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 30 3:57 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY REID BRIGNAC SCORED B.J. UPTON
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R BRIGNAC ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 7
    TAMPA BAY 4 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: S RODRIGUEZ (.212, 1-FOR-2)

    White Sox 7, Rays 4  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 30 3:49 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    GRAND SLAM BY JAYSON NIX (1) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF JAMES SHIELDS SCORED CARLOS QUENTIN, MARK KOTSAY
    AND PAUL KONERKO.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 7, TAMPA BAY 3
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: A RAMIREZ (.246, 0-FOR-2)

    White Sox 7, Rays 3  Top 6, 0 OutsMay 30 3:35 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY EVAN LONGORIA SCORED SEAN RODRIGUEZ
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, E LONGORIA ON FIRST, C CRAWFORD ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 3
    TAMPA BAY 3 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C PENA (.179, 0-FOR-2)

    White Sox 3, Rays 3  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 30 3:15 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY BEN ZOBRIST SCORED REID BRIGNAC
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S RODRIGUEZ ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 3
    TAMPA BAY 2 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C CRAWFORD (.316, 2-FOR-2)

    White Sox 3, Rays 2  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 30 3:07 PM
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    White Sox 3, Rays 1  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 30 3:00 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY BEN ZOBRIST (4) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    3RD OFF JAKE PEAVY.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 3, TAMPA BAY 1
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C CRAWFORD (.312, 1-FOR-1)

    White Sox 3, Rays 1  Bot 3, 0 OutsMay 30 2:26 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ALEX RIOS (11) TO CENTER WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    3RD OFF JAMES SHIELDS.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 3, TAMPA BAY 0
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: P KONERKO (.255, 0-FOR-1)

    White Sox 3, Rays 0  Top 3, 0 OutsMay 30 2:18 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CHI WHITE SOX 2 2 3 0
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 0 (BOT 1)


    CURRENT PITCHERS: CHA - JAKE PEAVY
    TAM - JAMES SHIELDS

    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B ZOBRIST (.299, 3 HR, 24 RBI)
    C CRAWFORD (.309, 4 HR, 23 RBI)
    E LONGORIA (.328, 10 HR, 41 RBI)

    White Sox 2, Rays 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 30 1:51 PM