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Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2003 12:03 AM EDT
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6 9 0
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TAMPA BAY 10, CHI WHITE SOX 6
 

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Sandy Alomar Jr. and Magglio Ordonez gave the Chicago White Sox a chance to extend their winning streak. Rick White gave it back.

White surrendered consecutive two-run doubles to rookie Rocco Baldelli and Aubrey Huff in the top of the sixth inning as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays snapped Chicago's eight-game winning streak with a 10-6 victory.

Baldelli drove in four runs for the Devil Rays , who improved to 11-11 in July after losing 21 of 26 games in June.

"I think it would be huge that we could finish this month and go into August and September and put together a nice little run," Baldelli said. "You can't change what we've done in April, May and June. We can still get better and post some good numbers the rest of the year."

The White Sox erased a 5-1 deficit in the fifth on Alomar's three-run homer and an RBI single by Ordonez.

But White (1-2), who replaced starter Mike Porzio in the fourth, gave back the lead in the sixth.

"We extended Rick White tonight," White Sox manager Jerry Manuel said. "We are still playing good baseball, we just couldn't score and hold to the end."

With one out and runners at second and third, Chicago intentionally walked Carl Crawford . White got rookie Antonio Perez to fly out to shallow right field, but Baldelli and Huff followed with doubles to give Tampa Bay a 9-5 lead.

"It was a nice night offensively for us, it really was," Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella said. "Rocco had a big hit for us with two outs and Huff had another one."

Porzio also struggled in his fourth career start, allowing four runs in 3 1/3 innings. He gave up a sacrifice fly to Baldelli in the first, a two-run homer to Julio Lugo in the second and a solo shot to Baldelli in the third as the Tampa Bay built a 4-0 lead.

After the game, the White Sox returned Porzio to Class AAA Charlotte and recalled righthander Matt Ginter .

Chicago failed to take advantage of Kansas City's loss and remained four games behind the first-place Royals in the American League Central.

"It is always good to gain ground," Alomar said. "It's big loss for us, but tomorrow we have to come back and win."

Mark Malaska (1-0) retired two batters to record his first major league win. He got All-Star Carl Everett to ground out with two runners on in the fifth.

"That feels good that (Piniella) would have the confidence in me in that situation and I was happy that I was able to get the job done in that situation," Malaska said.

Three Tampa Bay relievers combined for 4 1/3 scoreless innings, with Jesus Colome getting the last six outs for his first career save.

After closing to 9-6 in the sixth on Roberto Alomar 's RBI single, the White Sox put two men on in the eighth, but Colome replaced Travis Harper and retired the next three hitters.

Al Martin added a sacrifice fly for the Devil Rays in the ninth.

Crawford and Huff had three hits apiece for Tampa Bay, while Roberto Alomar and Carlos Lee extended their hitting streaks to 10 games for the White Sox .

Tampa Bay's Matt Diaz recorded his first major league hit, a single in the sixth.


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