Chicago (24-8) at Tampa Bay (12-21)

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  • Game info: 7:15 pm EDT Tue May 10, 2005
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Jose Contreras’ one victory pales in comparison to what the rest of the rotation has done for the Chicago White Sox.

Contreras will try to notch another win and help the White Sox bounce back from their first loss in nine games when they take on the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the middle game of their series.

The White Sox have rode their starting pitching to the best record in baseball, compiling a 19-4 mark with a 3.03 ERA. Contreras, though, had had little to do with his team’s win total before shutting down Kansas City on Thursday for his first decision in six starts.

The Cuban right-hander allowed one run and four hits over a season-high eight innings in a 2-1 victory. He struck out six and has fanned 18 over his last three starts.

“Contreras deserves all the credit in the world for pitching the way he did,” catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. “Then, we found a way to get it done.”

Contreras is 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA against Tampa Bay in five career appearances, including four starts. He went 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA in two starts against the Devil Rays last season.

The White Sox saw their second eight-game winning streak of the season come to an end with a 4-2 loss on Monday. Chicago managed only five hits over the final eight innings after taking a two-run lead in the first to add to their major league record of holding a lead at some point in their first 32 games.

Tampa Bay ended a three-game slide as Chris Singleton drove in a pair of runs. Devil Rays starter Hideo Nomo left the game in the top of the sixth inning due to cramps in his left hamstring.

The Devil Rays are expected to activate right-hander Jesus Colome off the disabled list on Tuesday. Colome, who has no record and a 5.79 ERA in five appearances this season, has been sidelined since April 14 with shoulder tendinitis.

The White Sox recalled left-hander Kevin Walker on Monday from Triple-A Charlotte, where he was 0-1 with a 5.54 ERA and one save in 14 appearances this season.

“If we need him, we will use him,” Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said of Walker. “If we need him, he will stay here long.”

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J. Contreras Tex vs. M. Hendrickson Bal
15-7 Record 11-8
3.61 ERA 5.90
154 K 89
75 BB 49
1.23 WHIP 1.55