September 18, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Ben Zobrist (18) hits a two-RBI single in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Game 157: Rays Offense Lets Gavin Floyd Off The Hook

In a matchup featuring two teams fighting for their playoff lives, White Sox starter Gavin Floyd and five relievers combined to cool off the white hot Rays, sending them to a 3-1 defeat.

The game started off well for Tampa, as Ben Zobrist hit a solo home run in the first to quickly put the Rays on top. The Rays threatened in the top of the second, as Luke Scott singled, followed by a Jeff Keppinger walk. However, Floyd fought back, striking out two of the next three batters to end the threat.

Tampa had another scoring opportunity in the bottom of the third, as Floyd walked Sam Fuld and Zobrist to put runners on first and second with one out. Again, Floyd managed to escape harm as he induced Evan Longoria into an inning ending double play.

The White Sox came back in the bottom of the third. Gordon Beckham led off the inning with a single, and moved to second on an errant pickoff attempt by Jeremy Hellickson. The error hurt immediately, as Kevin Youkilis poked a single to shallow right to tie up the game. Chicago took the lead in the bottom of the fourth, as Alex Rios led off the inning with a solo home run. Rios struck again in the sixth, lacing a double to lead off the inning, and coming around to score on a two out single by Alexei Ramirez.

Gavin Floyd was just effective enough to earn the win, allowing only one run on two hits. He walked five, but also struck out six Rays in his five innings of work. Addison Reed faced the final two batters to earn his 29th save. Hellickson was solid in the loss, allowing three runs (two earned) on nine hits and a walk, striking out two batters over 5.2 innings.

Rios was 3-4 in the win, with two runs scored and an RBI as he finished a triple shy of the cycle.

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