Patience pays off for rookie hurler, White Sox

CHICAGO -- The long wait was well worth it for Chicago White Sox right-hander Scott Carroll on Sunday.

The 29-year-old rookie made a sensational major league debut, working 7 1/3 innings in a 9-2 White Sox victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at U.S. Cellular Field.

"I'm on cloud nine right now," said Carroll, called up late Saturday from Triple-A Charlotte and promptly inserted into Sunday's lineup. "I couldn't have asked for a better showing. I know I was capable of it, but it's awesome to finally get an opportunity and showcase my skills here."

Carroll, who allowed just one earned run on six hits, walked two and struck out three, was among several stars.

Rookie Jose Abreu hit his major league-leading 10th home run and collected four RBIs as he moved into the major league lead in that category while extending his rookie record for April to 31.

Center fielder Adam Eaton went 3-for-5 while third baseman Marcus Semien, shortstop Alexei Ramirez and Abreu each had two hits in an 11-hit attack.

Second baseman Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 with a run scored to lead Tampa Bay. Left-handed starter David Price (3-2) worked six innings and allowed eight runs, six earned.

But the afternoon clearly belonged to Carroll, who labored eight seasons in the minor leagues and also rebounded from Tommy John surgery before finally getting a break.

"It starts with what Scotty did; it's special," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "You get a guy that gets his first opportunity in the big leagues and takes advantage of it. He was throwing strikes, ground balls and even when guys got on, he has a sinker that you can use to get double plays and get out of innings.

"He knew what he was doing out there."

Abreu threatened to break a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with a leadoff drive to left. But stiff 24 mph winds kept the ball inside the park.

The Rays opened a 1-0 lead in the fifth as outfielder David DeJesus singled to right with two out and scored on White Sox right fielder Dayan Viciedo's error on a throw to second.

The White Sox replied with five runs in the sixth that began with a pair of Rays errors and included Abreu's homer to left.

Second baseman Gordon Beckham reached on an error to lead off the sixth and advanced to second on Eaton's single. Siemen reached on a bunt single while Beckham scored on Price's throwing error. Eaton came home on an error by right fielder Wil Myers.

Abreu's two-run homer then brought home Siemen and left Price trailing 4-1.

Viciedo doubled to deep left and then scored to make it 5-1 when Ramirez reached on an infield single. Ramirez came home on an throwing error by Myers.

The run of errors broke a seven-game run of error-free baseball.

"We haven't made that many mistakes all season like we made in this game," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "It was just one of those days, just awful.

"(And) they have a pretty good offense club. They started hitting the ball and Abreu really touched that one pretty well. Give their pitcher (Carroll) credit, too. ... Getting his opportunity, he definitely made the most of it."

Price allowed six earned runs and nine hits while striking out seven and walking just one.

Carroll departed with one out in the eighth and a runner on in favor of right hander Daniel Webb, who gave up a run-scoring single to third baseman Evan Longoria.

Carroll (1-0) threw 100 pitches -- 67 for strikes -- as he recorded the longest outing in a White Sox debut in 44 years.

NOTES: The Rays made four errors. Entering the game, they had made just seven, the fewest in the majors. ... The Rays' 4-0 victory on Saturday occurred in 36 degree temperatures, the second coldest in team history. They are 5-2 in games played in temperatures below 40 degrees. ... LF Matt Joyce entered Sunday with a .351 batting average, good for seventh in the majors. ... The Rays are scheduled to send RHP Jake Odorizzo (1-2, 5.63 ERA) against White Sox RHP Andre Rienzo (1-0, 4.91) in a series finale scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Monday. ... A large contingent of family and friends made the trip from Carroll's hometown of Kansas City to witness his debut. ... Chicago moved OF Avisail Garcia to the 60-day disabled list with a torn labrum and avulsion fracture. ... Late Saturday, the White Sox optioned RHP Erik Johnson to Triple-A Charlotte after going 1-1 with a 6.46 ERA in five starts.

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