- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Jose Abreu homered again, and the Chicago White Sox still came up short.

Joey Butler had three of Tampa Bay’s 14 hits and Matt Andriese earned his first major league win Friday night in the Rays’ 7-5 victory over the White Sox.

Abreu hit a homer in his third straight game for the first time, driving an opposite-field, two-run shot down the right-field line that pulled Chicago to 6-5 in the seventh.

“He’s hitting fastballs in on his hands out to right field. … Most guys are hitting that ball, you know, nubbers back to the mound,” said White Sox bench coach Mark Parent, filling in for Robin Ventura while the manager attends his daughter’s college graduation this weekend. “He gets his hands through there. He’s so strong it’s unbelievable.”

Abreu has 12 homers this season.

“I’m working every day trying to hit the ball to the opposite field,” he said through a translator. “I feel good about that right now. It was a good pitch. I was able to hit it well.”

It was Abreu’s 48th career homer, coming in his 200th game. That’s the most in team history within a player’s first 200 games.

John Danks (3-6) gave up five runs, three earned, and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings.

“That’s baseball,” Danks said. “They put the ball in play and made things happen. It worked out for them. It’s one of those nights it didn’t bounce my way.”

Danks is 1-5 in his last seven starts against the Rays after going 5-1 with a 2.35 in his first six against Tampa Bay.

Andriese (1-1) gave up two unearned runs in a career-high 5 2-3 innings. He struck out five in the 26th game started by a Rays rookie this season.

“We were short and we knew going into it we needed a good start, and he definitely provided that,” manager Kevin Cash said.

Butler, another rookie who has hit safely in 12 of 13 games, drove in two runs with singles.

“I’m getting more and more confident,” Butler said. “It’s definitely the best opportunity I’ve had, just playing every day, always being in the lineup, and that helps.”

Hits by Mikie Mahtook, Brandon Guyer and Butler gave the Rays a 2-0 lead in the first inning against Danks and they led all the way, ending Chicago’s three-game win streak.

Jake McGee pitched the ninth for his second save.

Steven Souza Jr., Jake Elmore, Nick Franklin and Kevin Kiermaier had two hits each for the Rays.

Coming in, both teams had gone seven games without scoring five runs.


Rays: RHP Andrew Bellatti, placed on the disabled list Thursday with right shoulder tendinitis, hopes to throw as soon as Sunday.


The White Sox have allowed five or more runs in 14 of 31 road games. They are 12-19 away from home.


Since a shutout May 31 against Houston, Danks has lost two straight starts and has a 7.20 ERA over the stretch. He has allowed eight or more hits in three consecutive starts.


The Rays optioned Mahtook to Triple-A Durham and recalled C Curt Casali from the International League club. The Rays had just one catcher, Rene Rivera, on Friday after designating backup catcher Bobby Wilson for assignment as part of a series of moves Thursday to bring three up pitchers from Durham, including Andriese.


Rays RHP Chris Archer (7-4), who has struck out 38 and walked none in his previous three starts, will face White Sox RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-4) on Saturday.

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