Jake Burger Homers and Dylan end offers for White Sox in 3-2 Vs Rays – NBC Chicago

Burger homers, Halt deals for the White Sox in 3-2 against the Rays originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie slugger Jake Burger hit a solo homer and an RBI single, Dylan Cease topped the sixth inning and the Chicago White Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Friday night.

Cease (2-0) struck out eight and allowed just one run in 5 2/3 innings. Gavin Sheets and Leury Garcia each doubled and scored, and Chicago improved to 5-2 for its best start since 2016.

Ji-Man Choi and Yandy Diaz doubled in runs against reliever Aaron Bummer in Tampa Bay’s third straight loss. The Rays have lost four of five after starting the season 3-0.

Cease allowed three hits and two walks but was otherwise crushing after a strong start to the season in Detroit on Sunday. The right-hander threw 91 pitches before Bummer came in with two outs in the sixth and Brandon Lowe in first. Choi and Diaz hit back-to-back doubles to put Tampa Bay on the board.

Burger, 26, was a first-round pick in 2017 but didn’t play at all between 2018 and 2020 due to injuries and the pandemic. He reached the majors last year for 15 games and now has a pair of two-hit games in five appearances this season.

Kendall Graveman stoked two in a perfect eighth. Liam Hendriks threw a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save.

Drew Rasmussen (0-1) allowed three runs and five hits in five innings.

The White Sox took a 1-0 lead in the second when Sheets scored from third on Rasmussen’s wild field.

Burger hit Rasmussen’s first pitch deep third to left center for his first homer this season and a 2-0 lead. Burger singled Garcia in the fifth to make it 3-0.

STAY IN CHICAGO

The Rays must play six straight games in Chicago. Tampa Bay plays the White Sox for three games over the weekend, then travels to Wrigley Field for three games with the Cubs next week.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: LHP Ryan Yarbrough (left groin tightness) could join the Rays next week, manager Kevin Cash has said. Yarbrough has yet to pitch this season.

White Sox: Slugger Eloy Jimenez returned to the lineup in left field. He left Wednesday’s game against Seattle in the fifth inning after fouling a fly ball to his left ankle and sat out Thursday. … INF Josh Harrison (sore back) could return on Saturday, manager Tony La Russa said.

NEXT

Rays RHP Corey Kluber (0-0, 0.00) takes on White Sox RHP Michael Kopech (0-0, 2.25) on Saturday. Kluber, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, will make his second start with the Rays after signing a one-year, $8 million contract as a free agent. The 36-year-old pitched 4 2/3 innings and 87 pitches in an 8-0 win over Baltimore last Sunday.

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