Rays rout White Sox 9-0, take 2 of 3 in series; Archer hurt


From left to right, Tampa Bay Rays’ Randy Arozarena, Brett Phillips and Wander Franco celebrate after scoring on a double by Francisco Mejia during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Backup catcher Francisco Mejía had a three-run double, five Tampa Bay pitchers combined on a seven-hitter, and the Rays beat the Chicago White Sox 9-0 in a matchup of AL division leaders.

Austin Meadows had three RBIs for Tampa Bay, which took the final two games of the series after the White Sox won the opener 7-5 in 11 innings.

The Rays outscored Chicago 17-4 in the two wins.

Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer departed with left hip tightness after two innings. It was Archer’s first start since leaving a game on April 10 against the New York Yankees with right forearm tightness.

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