ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run homer off Chris Sale in the seventh inning, lifting the Tampa Bay Rays to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox Sunday for a three-game sweep.
Sale (6-3) struck out 12, walked three and hit a batter over 6 2-3 innings. He became the first pitcher since Boston's Pedro Martinez in 2001 to strikeout 12 or more in four straight starts. The left-allowed two runs and three hits during a 125-pitch outing.
After Steven Souza Jr. opened the seventh with a walk, Cabrera hit a high fly into the left-field seats off Sale to make it 2-1. It was Cabrera's third homer this season, and first since May 19. He has just two extra-base hits over his last 19 games.
C.J. Riefenhauser (1-0) threw a scoreless seventh to get his first major league win. After Steve Geltz pitched the eighth, Kevin Jepsen got the final three outs for his fifth sav