ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Avisail Garcia, Volmer Sanchez and Todd Frazier homered, helping the Chicago White Sox stop a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.
Chris Beck (1-0) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning to get the victory in relief of Jose Quintana, who avoided becoming the first pitcher in the major leagues to lose eight games this season.
Garcia led off the seventh with a solo homer, snapping a 1-1 tie against Chris Archer (4-4), who also gave up a lead-off homer to Sanchez on the fourth pitch of the game.
Jose Abreu added an RBI single in the eighth before Frazier led off the ninth with a homer off Ryan Garton.
Evan Longoria drove in a run for Tampa Bay with a first-inning single off Quintana, who allowed one run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings. Jesus Sucre had an eighth-inning sacrifice fly for the Rays, who have lost four straight.
David Robertson pitched the ninth for the White Sox, earning his ninth save in 10 opportunities.
Quintana entered the night having gone 0-2 with a 19.29 ERA over his previous two starts and was tied with Boston’s Rick Porcello, Cleveland’s Josh Tomlin, San Francisco’s Jeff Samardzija, Miami’s Edinson Volquez, Colorado’s Tyler Chatwood and Atlanta’s Bartolo Colon for the major league lead in losses with seven.
The Chicago starter struck out Logan Morrison with the bases loaded to get through the fifth inning. Beck came to the rescue in the sixth, getting Sucre to ground into an inning-ending double play after an intentional walk loaded the bases again with one out.
Archer allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings. He fanned 11, tying David Price’s club record for career double-digit strikeout games with 23.