Afternoon Box Score: Jackson Dominates, Sox Beat Rays
By Chuck Sudo in News on Apr 7, 2011 9:00PM
Edwin Jackson struck out a career-high 13 batters over eight innings of work and Alex Rios hit an RBI double as the White Sox gave a sold-out U.S. Cellular Field a 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in their home opener. Rios, one of the Sox who's gotten off to a slow start at the plate, came through in the bottom of the first with a ground rule double to plate Juan Pierre and Gordon Beckham. Paul Konerko added an RBI single in the third inning, and Brent Lillibridge and Pierre added RBI singles in the eighth. Sergio Santos pitched a scoreless ninth inning to seal the win and showed some leather by wrapping up a 3-6-1 double play. But it was Jackson who was the star of the game. The righthander has masterful control of all his pitches as he improved to 2-0 on the season with a 1.93 ERA.