ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Randy Arozarena homered, Ji-Man Choi drove in three runs and Shane McClanahan won his fourth straight start as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Chicago White Sox 6-3 on Friday night.
Jose Abreu hit his seventh home run and extended his hitting streak to 12 games for the White Sox, who have lost six of seven.
Colin Poche struck out Luis Robert with the bases loaded in the ninth for his third save.
Arozarena’s sixth homer highlighted a four-run first inning against Chicago starter Davis Martin. Arozarena’s two-run shot to the opposite field came after a double by Yandy Diaz, a walk, Choi’s sacrifice fly and an RBI single by Harold Ramirez.
After Abreu’s homer off McClanahan got the White Sox back into the game at 4-2 in the sixth, Choi made it 6-2 with a two-out double off reliever Matt Foster in the seventh.
McClanahan (6-2) struck out eight in six innings, giving up two runs and six hits. In winning his last four starts, McClanahan has a 1.13 ERA. He has struck out 44 while walking just two over 32 innings.
In his second major league start as a late replacement for injured Vince Velasquez, Martin (0-2) gave up four runs on five hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings.
White Sox: Velasquez was placed on the 10-day IL after straining his left groin while shagging balls in the outfield Wednesday. … RHP Kendall Graveman rejoined the team after missing the three-game Toronto series because as an unvaccinated player, he could not enter Canada. … RHP Lance Lynn (knee surgery in April) pitched four shutout innings for Triple-A Charlotte.
Rays: RHP J.P. Feyereisen was placed on the 15-day IL while awaiting MRI results for a right shoulder impingement. … INF Taylor Walls missed his second game since fouling a pitch off his right leg…