Sep 29, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Matt Joyce (20) hits a home run against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning at U.S. Cellular Field. The Rays beat the White Sox 10-4. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

Game 158: Matt Joyce Helps Power Rays Past White Sox


Matt Joyce got his first at bat in the seventh inning. Despite not starting, he homered twice, helping lead the Tampa Bay Rays past the Chicago White Sox 10-4.

Matt Moore, who had given up nine earned runs in his past 9.2 innings, allowed only one hit, a fifth inning single, over his 5.1 innings of work. He walked two, striking out four as he delivered a solid performance when needed most.

White Sox starter Chris Sale was in trouble for most of the day, allowing four baserunners in the first two innings before the Rays struck in the third. Ben Zobrist drove in a run with a double, coming around to score on Jeff Keppinger‘s home run. The Rays continued to put the pressure on in the fourth, scoring a fourth run and putting runners on first and third with one out. Evan Longoria drove in the second run of the frame, as Sale gave up five runs on seven hits and three walks, striking out seven in 3.1 innings.

The Rays continued their offensive explosion. Chris Gimenez homered to lead off the sixth, putting the Rays up 6-0. Joyce led off the seventh with a home run, and capped the scoring for the Rays by drilling a three run home run in the eighth. Pinch hitter Orlando Hudson had a grand slam for the White Sox in the bottom of the frame, but the Chicago was unable to get any closer as the Rays won 10-4.

Chris Archer picked up his first career save, allowing four runs on three hits and two walks, striking out three in his three innings of relief. He received the save because of a rule technicality giving a save to any reliever who throws the final three innings of a game for his team without receiving the win. Zobrist, Joyce, and Gimenez each had two hits in the victory.

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