CHICAGO – Injuries and errors are hurting the Chicago White Sox.
Alex Rios dropped a fly ball, helping the Tampa Bay Rays score three runs in the eighth inning of David Prices first win of the season, 8-3 over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
Before the game, the White Sox placed starter Gavin Floyd on the disabled list with a flexor muscle strain in his right arm. Floyd left Saturdays 10-4 loss to Tampa Bay after 2 2/3 innings.
The White Sox have six players on the disabled list.
Every team is going to have that span through the season where it seems like every day someone is going down, said Paul Konerko, who homered. Hopefully this is ours right now and we can start getting guys back and we are over with it, getting guys back and done with. Some other teams will have to deal with it in August or September maybe.
An impressive pitching performance by Price was overshadowed by an exchange of words that Price had with home plate umpire Tom Hallion after he got his final out of the seventh inning.
Price (1-2) walked two and threw 119 pitches.
Jose Lobaton and Matt Joyce each homered for Tampa Bay, which improved to 4-9 on the road.
Konerko hit a two-run homer for Chicago off Price in the third inning to give Chicago a 3-1 lead, but White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod, gave up his second homer of the game to Joyce in the sixth inning, which tied it.
The Rays took advantage of a key error by Rios, the right fielder, in the big eighth inning.
Sean Rodriguez led off the eighth with a single off White Sox reliever Nate Jones (0-2) and advanced to second on a wild pitch. One out later, he scored on Ben Zobrists single to break a 3-all tie.
With two outs and bases loaded, Ryan Roberts hit a shallow fly to right, Rios came charging in, but the ball popped out of his glove, allowing two runs to score and giving the Rays a 6-3 lead.
The White Sox have committed 16 errors in 24 games.