CHICAGO – Alejandro De Aza hit a two-run homer and Adam Eaton and Marcus Semien had two-run doubles, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 7-3 comeback victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.
White Sox slugger Jose Abreu, named American League co-player of the week earlier in the day, went 2 for 4 with a walk and an RBI, his 32nd.
But it was the lesser trio that did most of the damage, driving in five of the seven runs.
The White Sox (14-13) move above .500 by taking three of four from Tampa. It was Chicago’s third series win this season.
Andre Rienzo (2-0) allowed five hits and three runs – two earned – in six innings to get the win.
Jake Odorizzi (1-3) allowed eight hits and four runs in 4 1-3 innings to get the loss.
Tampa Bay quickly jumped on top with a pair of runs in the first inning. Lead-off hitter Ben Zobrist doubled and scored as Rienzo threw away a sacrifice bunt attempt by Desmond Jennings. Rienzo was credited with two errors on the play. The first error was for not picking the ball up cleanly and the second was for throwing it down the right field line.
The oddities continued as the No. 3 hitter, Matt Joyce, drove home Jennings from second base on a sacrifice fly to center. Eaton, the Chicago center fielder, made a great leaping catch before crashing into the wall. He was a little shaken on the play and threw the ball while sitting on the ground. By the time the White Sox got the ball back in, Jennings had easily raced home.
The White Sox struck back in the bottom of the second. Adam Dunn led off with a single and trotted home on a two-out homer by De Aza to tie the score.
In the top of the fourth, David DeJesus doubled in Wil Myers for a 3-2 Tampa Bay lead, but Chicago answered with two in the bottom half to take a 4-3 lead.
Alexei Ramirez tripled home Dayan Viciedo with none out to tie it. Two outs later, Semien hit a two-out double to snap the tie. Ten of Semien’s 15 RBIs this season have come with two outs.
Chicago broke the game open in the sixth. Eaton doubled in a pair of runs to make it 6-3. Abreu’s run-scoring single in the eighth capped the scoring.