Rays rally over White Sox behind Steven Souza Jr.

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The Tampa Bay Rays scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to salvage their second straight win over the Chicago White Sox and move to five games over .500 in the league standings.

Steven Souza Jr. singled in David DeJesus with the tying the run, then scored from second on an error on an infield single by Jake Elmore for the winner as the Rays rallied for a 5-4 victory.

The White Sox had scored two in the top of the eighth on a home run by Conor Gillaspie. For Ramirez, it was the second misplayed ball of the night. In other words, manager Robin Ventura will probably be glad he missed the game so he could see the graduation of his daughter from college.

Rays’ starter David Archer pitched eight innings but got a no-decision. He finally walked a batter after 107 straight.

The Rays will try to sweep the series today at 1:10 p.m.

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