Rays beat White Sox 4-3, improve to 12-0 at home

Randy Arozarena homered in the first inning as Tampa Bay set a major league record by going deep in each of its first 21 games, then hit a 10th-inning single for his fourth RBI that gave the Rays a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.

Tampa Bay is 18-3, the best start in the major leagues since the 2003 New York Yankees. The Rays are 12-0 at Tropicana Field, the best start at home since the 2009 Los Angeles Dodgers won their first 13 games.

Arozarena hit a two-run homer in first off Dylan Cease, and the Rays surpassed the previous mark of homers in the first 20 games by the 2019 Seattle Mariners. Arozarena's RBI single against Kenya Middleton put Tampa Bay ahead 3-2 in the fifth, but pinch-hitter Gavin Sheets tied the score with an eighth-inning homer against Jason Adam.

With the score 3-3, in the 10th Jimmy Lambert (1-1) intentionally walked Wander Franco with one out and a runner on second, and Arozarena lined a single to right for his team-high 22nd RBI.

Garrett Cleavinger (1-0) worked a perfect 10th before a crowd of 22,333, the largest at the Trop since Opening Day.

Eloy Jiménez and Yasmani Grandal also homered for the White Sox, who have lost eight of 10.

Tampa Bay left-hander Shane McClanahan, who had won his first four starts, allowed two runs, three hits, and struck out 10 in six innings as his ERA rose from 1.57 to 1.86.

Tampa Bay first baseman Yandy Díaz walked off the field as Adam was warming up to start the eighth and needed assistance to get down the dugout steps. The Rays announced that Díaz departed due to dehydration.

Cease gave up three runs and six hits in four-plus innings. The 101-pitch outing ended a 24-game streak where the right-hander went five or more innings.

Jiménez homered for the second straight game, a second-inning leadoff drive to left-center estimated at 434 feet with an exit velocity of 107.5 mph.

Grandal tied it at 2 with his homer leading off the fifth. It was his first homer run since in 16 games.

McClanahan had not allowed a homer in his previous five starts, dating to his final outing last year.

Chicago center fielder Luis Robert Jr. struck out in all four plate appearances.


The Rays held a pregame ceremony to honor radio broadcaster Dave Wills, who died on March 5 at the age of 58. Wills, a Chicago native, was with the Rays from 2005-22 after working on White Sox broadcasts for nearly a decade.


Pete Fairbanks worked a scoreless ninth to set a Tampa Bay record with 28 consecutive scoreless innings. J.P. Howell set the standard of 27 1/3 innings in 2012.


Rays RHP Zach Eflin (2-0) is expected to return from the injured list to face White Sox RHP Lucas Giolito (1-1) in Sunday's series finale.