All-Star Avisail Garcia looks to extend his hitting streak to 11 contests and continue his breakout season when the Chicago White Sox host the Tampa Bay Rays for the rubber match of their three-game series on Sunday. Garcia, who went 3-for-4 with his career-high 14th homer in Saturday’s 5-4 victory, has collected 16 hits in 36 at-bats during his hitting streak and gone deep three times in five meetings with the Rays this year.
Chicago owns the worst record in the American League but can win its third straight home series with a victory on Sunday as it sends former first-round pick Lucas Giolito to the mound against Tampa Bay’s Matt Andriese. The Rays, who can win their fourth straight set, stranded nine baserunners and managed just one run in the ninth inning Saturday despite loading the bases with none out. Logan Morrison belted his sixth homer in six contests and extended his hitting streak to seven games for Tampa Bay, which fell four behind Minnesota for the AL’s second wild card. The Rays hope for more production from Evan Longoria, who hit into a double play in the ninth on Saturday and is 3-for-23 over his last six contests.
TV: 2:10 p.m. ET, FSN Sun (Tampa Bay), WGN (Chicago)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rays RH Matt Andriese (5-1, 3.38 ERA) vs. White Sox RH Lucas Giolito (1-1, 2.77)
Andriese returns to the rotation for the first time since June 10, when he suffered a hip injury that kept him out for approximately 2 ½ months. The 28-year-old Californian came back on Monday in a relief role as he pitched three scoreless innings at Kansas City, allowing one hit and one walk without registering a strikeout. Andriese beat Chicago in their only meeting when he yielded two unearned runs and six hits over 5 2/3 frames in 2015.
Giolito makes his third start for the White Sox after recording his first major-league victory last time out as he spun seven scoreless innings against Detroit while permitting three hits and three walks. The 23-year-old, who also hails from the Golden State, gave up four runs and six hits over six frames versus Minnesota to lose his first start of 2017. Giolito, who will be facing the Rays for the first time, went 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA for Washington in 2016 before being acquired in the deal involving Adam Eaton.
1. Tampa Bay CF Kevin Kiermaier is 11-for-23 during his six-game hitting streak, with five of the hits coming in this series.
2. Chicago placed Leury Garcia (thumb) on the disabled list and recalled fellow OF Rymer Liriano from Triple-A Charlotte.
3. Rays RHP Chris Archer threw only eight pitches before leaving Saturday’s game with right lateral forearm tightness and will be evaluated when the team returns home.
PREDICTION: Rays 5, White Sox 3