CHICAGO (AP) – A.J. Pierzynski hit a two-run double and Phil Humber pitched a career-high six innings to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 4-2 win over the sputtering Tampa Bay Rays, in a game that got a little testy at the end.
Former St. Louis Cardinals infielder 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 Pierzynski went nose-to-nose and jawed at each other for a couple of seconds, but there was no pushing or shoving.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about. I just said hi,” said Pierzynski, who has often drawn the ire of opponents during his career. “He lives down the street from me in Orlando, so I was just asking him how his house was.”
After the game, Lopez said the bat toss was unintentional.
“I didn’t think they were throwing at me,” Lopez said. “I didn’t mean to throw the bat like that. It was unfortunate. I wasn’t trying to do that.”
Lopez was led away by Maddon as he made his way toward the dugout. Sale finished up for his first save of the season.
“Just an inside pitch,” Maddon said. “He kind of got him going a little bit. I’m certain (Sale) was not throwing at him at all.”
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