- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash said if he had to do it over he’d still walk Melky Cabrera to load the bases with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Reliever Brad Boxberger wouldn’t.

Avisail Garcia hit a three-run homer in Chicago’s five-run first and had a bases-loaded walk in the 10th to give the White Sox a 6-5 victory over the Rays on Wednesday.

Garcia drew the winning walk off Boxberger (5-6).

In the 10th, Adam Eaton singled and stole second base and advanced to third when catcher Curt Casali’s throw struck shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera in the ear, knocking him to the ground. Cabrera left the game later in the inning, but was cleared of a concussion.

Boxberger then intentionally walked Jose Abreu and Cabrera to load the bases with one out before walking Garcia.

While Boxberger understood the decision to walk Abreu to put runners on first and third, he “absolutely” wanted to face Cabrera. Boxberger said with his change-up he could have gotten a double play or weak contact against Cabrera, and that he didn’t “see it” in his game to face Garcia with the bases loaded when he was already struggling with command.

“I don’t really get walking Cabrera but it’s not my choice,” Boxberger said.

The choice backfired.

“Potentially, if you have a double play ball you have two options to decide from with the bases loaded, so that was kind of the factor,” Cash said. “We liked the matchups better.”

Chicago closer David Robertson (5-3) had four strikeouts in two hitless innings.

After falling behind 5-0 in the first, the Rays tied it in the eighth inning, scoring their fifth two-out run of the game. Brandon Guyer had an RBI double off reliever Zach Duke.

Cabrera, who had four hits, got the Rays to 5-4 in the fifth with an RBI double. Evan Longoria homered two batters earlier off starter Carlos Rodon, who was pulled after working 4 2-3 innings and allowing four earned runs on six hits.

“It just seemed like one of those days to get (Rodon) out of there,” Chicago manager Robin Ventura said.

The White Sox scored five first-inning runs before Rays starter Erasmo Ramirez recorded an out. Garcia’s three-run homer came after Cabrera’s RBI double and Abreu’s single that drove in Eaton when Tampa Bay center fielder Kevin Kiermaier failed to field the ball cleanly.

After allowing Chicago’s early burst, Ramirez gave up only one hit after the first inning. Ramirez worked six innings, giving up six hits, striking out two and walking two.

But despite rallying to get Ramirez off the hook, Tampa Bay lost in the 10th. Boxberger said he didn’t know until it was called he would be walking Cabrera.

“I’m not going to overstep my boundaries. It’s the manager’s decision,” Boxberger said. “It’s what he wanted to do.”

HUDDLING UP Rays INF Richie Shaffer had his first big league hit and home run on one swing Tuesday against the White Sox. Shaffer returned to the dugout to find his teammates huddled up, ignoring the rookie. Once he reached the huddle, Shaffer joined in a celebration, hopping up and down along with the rest of his teammates.

“I didn’t see (Shaffer’s) reaction, but I’ve never seen a dugout huddle up like that,” Cash said. “That was pretty cool.”

A NEW BAT The Rays claimed INF/OF Daniel Nava off waivers from Boston and optioned OF Mikie Mahtook to Triple-A Durham. Nava, 32 was designated for assignment by Boston on July 28.

Nava was hitting .152 in 29 games with the Red Sox.

TRAINER’S ROOM Rays: OF Desmond Jennings (left knee bursitis) went 1-for-3 as a designated hitter for Triple-A Durham on Tuesday night. … LHP Drew Smyly (torn left labrum) is scheduled to make his third minor league rehab start on Thursday.

White Sox: LHP Nate Jones was activated from the 60-day disabled list Wednesday. Jones hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since April 3, 2014 and has been recovering from Tommy John surgery since undergoing the procedure on July 29 of last year. RHP Daniel Webb (back strain) was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

UP NEXT Rays: RHP Jake Odorizzi (6-6) is 4-2 in his last six starts and will be looking for his third straight win on Friday against the New York Mets.

White Sox: LHP John Danks (6-8) is 3-6 in road starts this season, but will be going for his second straight win away from home Friday against the Kansas City Royals.

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