CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago White Sox are among the major league leaders for offense.
Then they ran into Cesar Ramos and his changeup on Saturday night.
With a first-pitch temperature of 36 degrees, the White Sox were shutout for just the second time this season. They were averaging 5.58 runs per game, second in the majors entering Saturday.
Gordon Beckham’s double in the third was the White Sox’s only extra-base hit.
Ramos (1-1) gave up all five hits over five innings in his first scoreless start of the season and sixth career start. He started in place of Matt Moore, who had Tommy John surgery on Tuesday.
The White Sox threatened in the fifth, loading the bases with a walk, a single and another walk. Jose Abreu grounded out against Ramos to end the inning. Abreu hit a walk-off grand slam in the White Sox’s 9-6 victory over the Rays on Friday.
“If he gets a hit, they’re right back in the game,” Ramos said.
“That’s their big guy. I made a pretty decent pitch and (third baseman Evan Longoria) made an amazing play, charging for the ball and hit (James) Loney right in the chest.”
Loney had three hits for the Rays, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Ryan Hanigan hit a two-run double to give the Rays a 2-0 lead in the second.
Loney’s single extended the Rays' lead to 3-0 in the third.
White Sox starter John Danks (2-1) struggled with his command and a high pitch count. He allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. He struck out four, walked four and threw a career-high 123 pitches.
“Tonight, weather-wise probably wasn’t perfect for him to go out there and get a feel for a changeup,” Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. “He fought through it. He gave us a chance. We had opportunities. We just didn’t score.”
Danks exited after allowing a two-out, RBI triple to Desmond Jennings that made it 4-0. Danks has walked 17 and struck out 18 in 31 innings this season.