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Sox sluggers hit up Hellickson, take opener from Rays

Sox sluggers hit up Hellickson, take opener from Rays

by Steve Carney

The Chicago White Sox tagged Tampa Bay starter Jeremy Hellickson for three runs in the first inning, and Adam Dunn added a two-run homer as the White Sox beat the Rays 5-2 Thursday.

Tampa Bay struck first in the top of the first, as Chris Sale walked Desmond Jennings to start the game.  Ryan Roberts lined to center, but Ben Zobrist moved Jennings into scoring position with a groundout.  Evan Longoria then singled him in for a 1-0 lead.

The lead didn't last long, as Hellickson allowed back-to-back doubles by Alejandro De Aza and Jeff Keppinger that tied the game.  Alex Rios drew a walk, and Adam Dunn lined out for the first out of the inning.  However, Paul Konerko singled in Keppinger to give the White Sox a 2-1 lead.

Connor Gillespie added a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 3-1.

Jose Lobaton cut the deficit back to a single run with a two-out solo home run in the fourth off Sale.

Tampa Bay would get no closer to the White Sox, and Hellickson started the sixth by walking Rios in front of Dunn, who launched a massive two-run shot to right field to set the score at 5-2.

Hellickson (1-2) had his streak of 14 consecutive road starts with three or fewer runs allowed snapped, allowing five runs on five hits in six innings.  He walked four and struck out eight.

Tampa Bay will look to rebound Friday, as Roberto Hernandez (1-3, 4.74 ERA) takes on Jake Peavy (2-1, 3.20 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 8:10, with coverage on 620 WDAE starting at 7 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.

 

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