Logan Morrison keeps hitting home runs and his Tampa Bay Rays have a chance to clinch a fourth consecutive series victory when they visit the American League-worst Chicago White Sox on Saturday. Morrison went deep for the fifth time in five games in Friday’s 3-1 series-opening victory and has hit safely in six straight contests, going 11-for-25 with 11 RBIs during that stretch.
The Rays have won eight of 11 overall and are 5-2 on their nine-game road trip as they’ve moved within three games of Minnesota for the AL’s second wild card after recording their 26th homer in the last 12 contests. All-Star Chris Archer will try to notch his 10th victory and continue Tampa Bay’s surge when he takes the mound for the middle game of the series against Carlos Rodon, who attempts to end Chicago’s four-game slide. White Sox slugger Jose Abreu, who could return to the lineup after missing the last two contests with an elbow injury, has collected 21 RBIs - three against Archer - in 23 career games versus the Rays. Chicago All-Star Avisail Garcia takes a nine-game hitting streak into the contest after going 1-for-4 on Friday as he’s registered 13 hits in 32 at-bats during that span.
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FSN Sun (Tampa Bay), CSN Chicago
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rays RH Chris Archer (9-7, 3.66 ERA) vs. White Sox LH Carlos Rodon (2-5, 4.27)
Archer held St. Louis to one run and five hits over seven innings in a no-decision last time out and is 1-1 with a 2.59 ERA over his last five starts. The 28-year-old North Carolina native has completed at least six frames in 18 of his last 19 outings while recording 14 quality starts, including one on June 6 against the White Sox in which he gave up two runs in seven innings of a loss. Garcia is 4-for-11 with a homer versus Archer, who is 3-1 with a 3.86 ERA against Chicago.
Rodon allowed five runs over five innings of a 6-3 loss to Detroit last Saturday after beating Minnesota in his previous outing. The 24-year-old Floridian strung together five straight quality starts before his last appearance, allowing nine runs over 36 frames but managing just one victory. Evan Longoria is 2-for-3 with a double and a homer versus Rodon, who permitted four runs over 4 2/3 innings in his only career start against Tampa Bay.
1. Chicago OF-INF Leury Garcia left Friday’s game with a right hand contusion and his status in uncertain.
2. Tampa Bay RHP Alex Colome allowed one run in his last 14 appearances and notched his major league-leading 41st save on Friday.
3. The White Sox recalled RHP Carson Fulmer, a 2015 first-round pick, and LHP David Holmberg from Triple-A Charlotte.
PREDICTION: Rays 4, White Sox 2