The left-hander allowed an unearned run and five hits in 6 2-3 innings to lead the White Sox over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 4-1 Saturday night.
“What was he doing? He was doing a pretty good job of getting us out,” Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella said. “That I can tell you.”
Schoeneweis (1-1) made his second start of the season. He had made 98 consecutive relief appearances since June 25, 2002, before his start for the White Sox on April 8 against the New York Yankees.
“The New York game was huge for me,” Schoeneweis said. “It had been such a long time and you really don’t know if you can do something until you go out and do it. I still have things I need to improve on.”
It was Schoeneweis’ first win as a starter since beating St. Louis on June 20, 2002, with Anaheim.
“He threw the ball the way I expected him to throw the ball,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. “He did a tremendous job facing a pretty good hitting team.”
Damaso Marte pitched two scoreless innings for his first save, completing a six-hitter.
Tampa Bay had just one runner reach second through six innings against Schoeneweis—Damian Rolls in the first.
Juan Uribe drove in two runs for the White Sox, who have won six of eight. Uribe went 2-for-4 and has nine hits in his last 19 at-bats.
Victor Zambrano (3-1) failed in his bid to become the major leagues’ first four-game winner, allowing three runs, six hits, five walks and two hit batters in seven innings. He was looking to become the first pitcher since Nolan Ryan in 1975 to win four times in his team’s first 10 games.
“He didn’t have his slider today,” Devil Rays catcher Brook Fordyce said. “But overall he battled. He kept us in the game.”
Timo Perez put the White Sox ahead 1-0 with a sacrifice fly in the second. Perez grounded into a bases-loaded double play and Uribe had an RBI single in the fourth to make it 3-0.
Chicago loaded the bases again with two outs in the fifth, but Zambrano got Perez to hit an inning-ending grounder.
“I left the game in the seventh inning, 3-1, I think that’s a really good game,” Zambrano said. “I tried to give an opportunity to the team to win the game.”
Aubrey Huff walked and went to third on Julio Lugo’s two-out single in the seventh. Schoeneweis appeared to work out of the jam, but Huff scored when shortstop Jose Valentin misplayed Fordyce’s grounder for an error.
“We had some chances today,” Piniella said.
Uribe made it 4-1 with an RBI grounder in the eighth.
The Devil Rays had eight batters reach base during the final three innings.
“Ugly, but we got it done,” Guillen said.
Tampa Bay hitting coach Lee Elia was released from a hospital after tests for abdominal discomfort. Piniella said Elia might rejoin the team Sunday. … Valentin was back in the lineup after missing Friday’s game with hamstring tightness. … Chicago DH Frank Thomas walked in his first three plate appearances. He has nine walks in the past five games and 1,399 in his career. … Cruz went 0-for-4, ending a streak of reaching base on a walk orhit in 29 consecutive games.