A day after Cubs found themselves swept up by Dodgers fever, the White Sox fended off elimination in the American League Division Series thanks to a 5-3 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays.
With most of the black-clad crowd at U.S. Cellular Field whipping white towels above their heads, Bobby Jenks retired the Rays in the ninth to help the White Sox live to fight another day.
Chicago's teams both made the postseason together for the first time since the 1906 World Series but came in a combined 0-5 in their respective series. The Los Angeles Dodgers swept the Cubs, who had the NL's best regular-season record, concluding with last night's 3-1 win.
The White Sox returned to the playoffs for the first time since their 2005 World Series championship season, but dropped two games at Tampa Bay, and were were one more defeat against the upstart Rays from being eliminated.
John Danks pitched a strong 6 2/3 innings and the White Sox put up three runs in the fourth against the Rays' Matt Garza. Elderly rookie DeWayne Wise, who hit a three-run homer in the series opener, capped the inning with a two-run double. Evan Longoria, who came into the game batting .571 with a pair of homers in the series, went 0-for-3 with a walk.
B.J. Upton hit a two-run homer for the Rays, who still can close out their franchise's first postseason series in Game 4 on Monday. Andy Sonnanstine opposes Gavin Floyd, and the time of the first pitch is dependent on the outcome of the Red Sox-Angels game.