Brad Boxberger worked out of trouble to earn his 27th save as the Rays beat the White Sox 5-4 on Monday.
Boxberger allowed a leadoff single to Alexei Ramirez, who promptly stole second base. Adam LaRoche then hit a single to center field, but Ramirez was thrown out. Avisail Garcia then struck out, and Carlos Sanchez lined out to end the game. Boxberger moves to 27-for-29 in save chances with a 56/21 K/BB ratio in 43 2/3 innings on the season.
Jose Quintana held the Rays to two runs in six innings, but took a no-decision as the White Sox lost late on Monday.
Quintana allowed an RBI double in the first inning and a sacrifice fly in the fifth, accounting for the damage. He scattered seven hits and a walk while striking out seven, but the White Sox wouldn't score until he was out of the game. Despite having only six wins, Quintana has a solid 3.50 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 123/29 K/BB ratio over 141 1/3 innings. He will face the tough Royals on the road in his next start.
Nate Karns pitched well, allowing two runs in 5 1/3 innings, but got a no-decision as the Rays rallied late to overcome the White Sox on Monday.
Karns was working on a shutout until Jose Abreu bashed a two-run home run in the sixth inning, chasing the right-hander from the game. He gave up only three hits and a pair of walks while striking out seven. Karns has limited the opposition to two or fewer runs in 16 of 21 starts, resulting in a 3.37 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP, and a 113/42 K/BB ratio over 120 1/3 innings. He'll do battle with the Mets at home next.
Lonnie Chisenhall left Monday's game against the Angels due to a cervical strain.
It's a fancy way of saying he had whiplash, which he suffered after making a diving attempt in right field. Consider Chisenhall day-to-day.
Jose Abreu went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a two-run home run in Monday's loss to the Rays.
Abreu tied the game up at 2-2 in the sixth inning when he drilled a two-run home run to center field off of Nate Karns. The first baseman has been on a power surge of late, homering five times in his last 11 games, giving him 19 on the year along with 64 RBI and a .299/.355/.510 triple-slash line.
Monday's game between the Cubs and Pirates has been postponed due to rain.
No makeup date has been announced. Jon Lester lasted just 1 2/3 innings and Francisco Liriano two frames in a game that was delayed twice by rain before finally getting called. It's unclear when Lester and Liriano will make their next start.
Grady Sizemore ripped a game-tying solo home run, aiding in a comeback win over the White Sox on Monday.
Sizemore entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and doubled, then later scored. The next inning, he slugged a game-tying solo home run off of lefty reliever Zach Duke. Aside from a few productive games in early July shortly after joining the Rays, Sizemore hasn't done much at the plate, batting .241/.250/.448 with three home runs and eight RBI.
Shawn Tolleson earned his 19th save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning on Monday as the Rangers out-hit the Astros in a 12-9 win.
Tolleson used 13 pitches, getting Peston Tucker to fly out, Evan Gattis to strike out, and Jed Lowrie to line out. He's now an impressive 19-for-20 in save situations with a 3.04 ERA and a 49/9 K/BB ratio over 47 1/3 innings.