Pierzynski, Humber Lead White Sox Over Rays 4-2

White Sox now 5-3, Rays fall to 1-7

Saturday, Apr 9, 2011  |  Updated 6:45 PM CDT
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PHOTOS: Sox Opening Day 2011

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Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Philip Humber throws during the second inning.

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A.J. Pierzynski hit a two-run double and Phil Humber pitched a career-high six innings to lead the Chicago White Sox over the sputtering Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Saturday in a game that got a little testy at the end.

Felipe Lopez took exception to an inside pitch from Chris Sale in the ninth inning, then flipped his bat in the lanky left-hander's direction after hitting a solo home run.

When Lopez crossed home plate, he and Pierzynksi went nose-to-nose and jawed at each other for a couple of seconds, but there was no pushing or shoving.

Lopez was led away by Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon as he made his way toward the dugout. Sale finished up for his first save of the season.

One day after Manny Ramirez abruptly retired rather than face a 100-game suspension for a second violation of baseball's drug policy, the Rays dropped to 1-7.

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