In his first start since Mid-June, Matt Andriese allowed five runs in five innings, including homers to Jose Abreu and Tim Anderson, as the Tampa Bay Rays road trip ended with a thud, dropping a 6-2 decision to the Chicago White Sox in Sunday's rubber match at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Andriese and White Sox starter Lucas Giolito each started the game with two scoreless innings, but after Giolito put up a zero in the third, Andriese allowed a one-out double by Alen Hanson, and after a groundout by Yolmer Sanchez, Tim Anderson's single made it 1-0 and Jose Abreu followed with his 27th home run, a two-run shot that extended the lead to 3-0.
Lucas Duda got one run back in the top of the fourth with his 26th home run of the year, but the White Sox got that run back with doubles by Kevan Smith and Adam Engle.
Anderson made it 5-1 in the fifth with a solo shot of his own, his 15th of the year and added a third RBI in the seventh thanks to a RBI double that scored Hanson.
A sacrifice fly from Kiermaierin the eighth set the score at 6-2, but Gregory Infante struck out Evan Longoria to strand Adeiny Hechaverria, then worked a scoreless ninth to finish the afternoon.
The loss drops Tampa Bay back to two games under .500 at 68-70.
The Rays return home to begin a three-game series with the Minnesota Twins Monday evening. Alex Cobb (9-9, 3.72 ERA) will get the start in the opener, taking on Jose Berrios (12-6, 3.80 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10, with coverage on WDAE beginning at 6:00 with The Inside Pitch presented by Sykes Lakeland.