Rays' Faria Beats White Sox 3-1 in Debut

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Jacob Faria (1-0, 1.42 ERA) won his major league debut and the Tampa Bay Rays ended their four game losing streak defeating the Chicago White Sox 3-1. He gave up three runs, but two were earned, and one of them should've been out.

Alex Colome pitched the ninth for his 16th save.

"Usually after starts, my legs would be exhausted. I've still got a ton of adrenaline going", said Faria, who also became engaged to be married on May 23, the sixth anniversary of meeting his long-time girlfriend.

"I feel like every game is affected by the roof, to some capacity, whether it's something getting hit off it or somebody's losing it, misplay or whatever the case may be", Rays pitcher Chris Archer said. "My command was pretty shaky and for the most part".

On Wednesday, he allowed three runs - two earned - on six hits with three walks (two intentional) and four strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings. Frazier threw home in plenty of time to nab Colby Rasmus, but catcher Kevin Smith was unable to drop the tag down and Rasmus snuck his foot over the plate safely.

"Smitty was a little slow in reacting, coming across with the tag, " manager Rick Renteria said. Everybody kept us in the game. "We played a couple games you could say 'That was an ugly game.' We've been in games for the rest of them, just haven't scored enough runs to overcome some deficits".

Faria (1-0) allowed hits to two of the first three batters he faced, with Laury Garcia leading off the game with a single before stealing second and scoring on Jose Abreu's single to right field.

Topkin was right, as Faria was called up and is expected to start on Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox. "I just had to sit back and think".

Tim Anderson committed an error in the first inning, though Pelfrey was able to work around it and leave the bases loaded. "I didn't want to chase in so, just want to see it deep". Replays showed it came nowhere near hitting the catwalks, but the call was upheld upon official review.

NOTES: Major League Baseball is investigating allegations of domestic abuse against Rays C Derek Norris that were made by his ex-fiance Kristen Eck. Norris denied the allegations in a statement through his agent, telling the Tampa Bay Times they "could not be further from the truth" and that "I have never been physically or emotionally abusive toward her, or anyone else in my life".

"It's a new game, so I just focused on attacking the (strike) zone". "We let him down". Norris was in the starting lineup and batted ninth.

Shields starts Thursday at Gwinnett, following his first rehab start of four innings (one unearned run) for Charlotte on Saturday.

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