Tampa Bay dropped their second straight game to one of the hottest teams in the Major’s Tuesday night. The Rays fell to the White Sox 7-2, giving Chicago their seventh straight victory. James Shields started very well  only allowing 1 run over 5 innings with 7 strikeouts. However, the 6th inning killed Shields as he let up 5 runs.

The scoring started with the newest addition to the roster, Hideki Matsui. He got a warm welcome to Tampa Bay when he hit a two-run home run off of Phil Humber in the bottom of the 4th inning, giving the Rays a 2-0 lead. That would be it for the Rays’ scoring, as they were shut down from there.

The White Sox responded in the bottom of the 5th, as they got on the board with an RBI single from Alexei Ramirez.

The Sox would take over the ballgame from there with a 5-run 6th inning. Dayan Viciedo added to the lead with a solo home run in the 8th inning, opening up the game to 7-2.

That would be it as the Rays could only muster 2 runs on 7 hits. Phil Humber won his first game since he threw his perfect game.  

The Rays are now 29-21 (17-9 at home), and still remain tied atop the division with Baltimore and 2.5 games over New York as all three teams fell yesterday. The Red Sox beat Detroit again, which now means every team in the AL East owns a winning percentage over .500.

Notable stat lines

  •  Phil Humber. W(2-2) 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
  •  James Shields. L(6-3) 6 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
  •  Matt Joyce. 1-3, BB, R
  •  Hideki Matsui 1-4. HR, 2 RBI
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Rays news and notes

  •  Rays catcher Stephen Vogt was optioned to Triple-A Durham with Hideki Matsui being called up.
  • Injury update: Desmond Jennings (knee sprain) may start his rehab assignment this Thursday. He will likely rejoin the Rays late next week. Joe Maddon said that Evan Longoria could potentially start his rehab assignment in three weeks, as he continues to progress nicely.
  • According to Grantland.com, the Rays are the funnest team in baseball. This shouldn't come as a surprise to anybody.
  •  The Rays try to avoid being swept Wednesday afternoon at the Trop. The pitching match-up will be Jose Quintana versus Alex Cobb. First pitch is at 1:10 PM.