Danks has off day as Sox lose to Rays

 

ST. PETERSBURG—Struggling slugger Carlos Pena made the most of a rare recent hit.Pena drove in three runs, Wade Davis allowed three runs while pitching into the seventh inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the White Sox 8-5 on Saturday night.Pena hit a three-run double during a four-run fourth inning off John Danks (4-4) to put Tampa Bay up 6-2. The other run scored on Gabe Kapler’s bunt.Pena has just 12 hits in 94 at-bats during May. The first baseman was 1 for 5, including two strikeouts, on Saturday.Davis (5-4) scattered six hits over 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander was coming off a loss to Boston last Monday in which he allowed five runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.Carlos Quentin and Alexei Ramirez homered for the White Sox, who are 4-17 — including 12 losses in the last 13 attempts — in games following a victory this season.Tampa Bay, with the major’s best record at 34-16, is 2-4 during a seven-game homestand. Rafael Soriano, the Rays’ fourth reliever, pitched the ninth for his 14th save.A solo homer by B.J. Upton and Sean Rodriguez’s RBI bunt extended the Rays’ advantage to 8-2 in the fifth. Upton has two homers in his last 35 games, and just four of his 20 RBI this year have come at home.Danks had won all four of his previous starts at Tampa Bay. The left-hander gave up eight runs and eight hits in four-plus innings. Danks threw 102 pitches.The White Sox went up 2-1 on Quentin’s two-run homer, his first since April 28, in the second. Ramirez had a solo shot during the seventh.Paul Konerko had a run-scoring double and later scored on Dan Wheeler’s wild pitch to get the Sox within 8-5 in the eighth.Evan Longoria hit an RBI double in the first for the Rays. John Jaso had a third-inning run-scoring single.

NOTES—Rays SS Jason Bartlett left in the fourth with a strained right hamstring. He was hurt while attempting to field Quentin’s single to center. “I personally don’t think it’s that bad,” said Bartlett, who might have an MRI exam on Sunday. … Guillen rejoined the team after attending the high school graduation of his son Ozney on Friday in Miami Gardens, Fla. “Being there was a special day for the family,” Guillen said. “It was great. Feel proud.” … Bobby Jenks said his right calf, which he tweaked running on Friday, is much improved and that the injury is “nothing serious.”

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