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DeLuca stays hot with homer and 4 RBIs as Rays beat Clevinger and White Sox 8-2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jonny DeLuca continued his hot streak with a homer and four RBIs, and the Tampa Bay Rays defeated Mike Clevinger and the Chicago White Sox 8-2 Monday night for their fourth straight victory.

DeLuca has 10 points in four games after being sidelined all season with a broken right hand.

DeLuca hit a two-run single in a three-run second against Clevinger, and hit a two-run drive off Jared Shuster during a three-run fifth to make it 7-2.

Clevinger (0-1) was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte before the game and allowed four runs, six hits and four walks without a strikeout over two-plus innings in his season debut.

Clevinger got off to a late start this season after finalizing a one-year, $3 million contract on April 4. He went 9-9 with a 3.77 ERA and two complete games in 24 starts with the White Sox last season before becoming a free agent.

Tommy Pham hit a two-run homer for the AL-worst White Sox (8-27), who had won two in a row and five of nine. Chicago won a three-game home series with the Rays from April 26 to 28.

Erasmo Ramírez (2-0) replaced starter Tyler Alexander with two on and no outs in the fifth and got out of trouble. Ramírez also picked up the win in the Rays’ 7-6, 10-inning victory over the New York Mets on Sunday.

Alexander gave up two runs and four hits in four-plus innings.

Tampa Bay’s Harold Ramírez had four hits.

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: RHP Dominic Leone went on the 15-day IL with lower back tightness.

Rays: OF Josh Lowe (oblique and hamstring) made his season debut and went 2 for 5.

NEXT ONE

White Sox RHP Michael Soroka (0-3, 6.48 ERA) and Rays RHP Zach Eflin (1-4, 4.17) are Tuesday night’s starters.

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AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB

Mark Didtler, The Associated Press