ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. —
“That injury was kind of a blessing in disguise,” Price said. “Just letting me kind of regroup, hit the re-set button, mindset, everything. I’m right where I need to be right now, and there’s still a lot of baseball left.”
Price struggled this year before getting hurt, going 1-4 with a 5.24 ERA after going 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA in 2012.
Chicago was swept in the series and has lost nine of 11. The White Sox have dropped 19 of their past 23 road games.
It was just the second time that the Rays have swept a series of three or more games against the White Sox. The other time occurred in August 2008.
Desmond Jennings hit a leadoff double in the first and scored on Ben Zobrist’s sacrifice fly to put the Rays up 1-0. Sean Rodriguez made it 2-0 during the fifth with a two-out, broken-bat RBI single.
“He pitched well,” Ventura said of Danks. “It’s just one of those that they got the extra-base hit and they executed, and they get the hit that squirts through. But even that happening, he pitched well, so it’s good to see.”
Tampa Bay regained a two-run advantage in the seventh when Luke Scott tripled and Jose Molina hit a sacrifice fly.
The White Sox had two singles in first, third and fourth, but failed to score in all three innings by going 0 for 3 with runners in scoring and having one runner thrown out trying to steal second.
Tampa Bay’s James Loney went 0 for 3, ending his career-best 16-game hitting streak.
Tribune-Star sports editor Todd Golden contributed to this report.