The only downside of this 10-game road trip for the Tampa Bay Rays may be that it’s coming to an end.
The Rays look to finish up one of their most successful swings in franchise history when they close a three-game series with the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night.
After winning the first seven games of the trip by sweeping Baltimore and Boston, the Rays (11-4) bounced back from a loss to Chicago (5-10) on Tuesday with a 12-0 rout Wednesday.
Rodriguez, who had four RBIs, came in hitting .160.
“This guy’s got a nice track record of success,” manager Joe Maddon said. “Most of it’s been in Triple-A, but … his ability’s going to translate in the big leagues.”
With a win Thursday, the Rays would set a team high for victories during a single road trip. They went 8-1 in June 2004.
Chicago, meanwhile, has lost five of six to fall into last in the AL Central. The White Sox finished with four hits Wednesday, and are batting .198 at home.
“When you look up and see .180, .190, .200, .210, you want to hit .300 in one at-bat. That’s hard to do,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “Just take it one at-bat at a time and give it your best shot.”
Shields gave up four runs and nine hits, including two home runs, in 6 2-3 innings of a 6-5 win over Boston on Saturday. He is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA against the White Sox.
Peavy pitched a season-high 7 1-3 innings against Cleveland on Saturday, giving up two runs and four hits in a 3-2 loss. The White Sox led until he gave up a one-out home run in the eighth.
The right-hander said his lack of experience against the American League after coming from San Diego late last season is no excuse for his struggles.
“Not having a history is tough,” he told the White Sox’s official website. “It’s no excuse not to go out there and learn and make adjustments on the fly and do well.”
In Peavy’s only start against Tampa Bay, he gave up two hits in seven innings of a 9-0 win in 2007.