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Palka homers again as Chicago beats Tampa Bay 8-7
Monday Aug 06, 2018 12:00am

Palka homers again as Chicago beats Tampa Bay 8-7
(ST. PETERSBURG) – Daniel Palka did a lot more than avoid a fifth consecutive strikeout. Palka hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the ninth inning and the Chicago White Sox completed their first three-game sweep in a year by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 8-7 on Sunday. It was Chicago's first three-game sweep since Aug. 8-10, 2017 against Houston. The White Sox's last three-game road sweep occurred April 25-27, 2016 at Toronto. Chicago also has a season-high four-game winning streak. Palka had struck out in each of his first four at-bats before connecting on his 17th homer off Diego Castillo (2-2) with two outs. Chicago starter James Shields left with a two run lead but was denied his first road win since opening day. The one time Tampa Bay ace threw a season high 114 pitches, allowing four runs, five hits and four walks over six innings. Hector Santiago (4-3) went the final 1 1/3 innings for the win. Avisail Garcia had a solo homer in a two run fifth inning and made it 6-4 on another solo shot during the seventh for the White Sox. It was his eighth career multi-homer game. Tampa Bay tops the majors in one-run losses (26) and one-run games (46).

OTHER A.L. SCORES
Cleveland 4 – LA Angels 3
Minnesota 6 – Kansas City 5
Baltimore 9 – Texas 6
Seattle 6 – Toronto 3
Boston 5 – NY Yankees 4 (10 innings)

Daniel Palka (file photo courtesy of AP)
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