Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 8/3)

Game 1: Friday, August 2
Chicago 8Final
in 12
Tampa Bay 5
Game 2: Saturday, August 3
Chicago 2Final
Tampa Bay 6
Game 3: Sunday, August 4
Chicago 3Final
Tampa Bay 10
Game 4: Monday, August 5
Chicago 4Final
Tampa Bay 3

White Sox 2

(52-59, 22-36 away)

Devil Rays 6

(36-73, 22-35 home)

    6:15 PM ET, August 3, 2002

    Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida 

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    W: P. Wilson (4-7)

    L: T. Ritchie (5-15)

    Devil Rays starter Wilson wins consecutive starts

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Todd Ritchie struggled again, and could soon find himself out of the Chicago White Sox rotation.

    Todd Ritchie

    Ritchie (5-15), who leads the majors in losses, gave up six runs and 10 hits in six innings as the White Sox were beaten 6-2 by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Saturday night.

    The right-hander has lost five consecutive starts, allowing 27 runs and 45 hits in 24 2/3 innings.

    "As of right now, he will make his next start,'' Chicago manager Jerry Manuel said. "We probably have to sit down and discuss it at some length and really determine what's best for Todd Ritchie.''

    Ritchie missed his previous scheduled start on July 28 with right shoulder inflammation. He has dropped nine straight decisions on the road.

    "Do I want to go to the bullpen? No,'' Ritchie said. "Will I pitch in the bullpen if I have to? Yes.''

    Ritchie said the possibly of becoming a 20-game loser doesn't bother him.

    "There's a lot worse things in life,'' Ritchie said. "I'm not worried about it.''

    Paul Wilson won consecutive starts for the first time in more than a year, and Jason Conti hit a two-run single during a five-run third inning for Tampa Bay.

    Wilson (4-7) allowed two runs and five hits over eight innings. The right-hander, who last won back-to-back outings in late July 2001, did not give up a hit until the fifth.

    That made it an easy night for Devil Rays manager Hal McRae, who shoved Tanyon Sturtze in the back Friday after the pitcher knocked over a water cooler that hit McRae in the leg.

    Sturtze took full responsibility for the dugout spat, and McRae said Saturday the pitcher will not be fined.

    "It was a reflex action on my part,'' McRae said. "There's no hard feelings. I reacted to being hit by something.''

    Travis Phelps walked three in the ninth but struck out Willie Harris and retired Aaron Rowand on a routine fly to end it.

    Wilson's three other wins this season came against Baltimore.

    "I'm happy with the outing,'' Wilson said. "I came out of the bullpen a little flat. (Catcher) John (Flaherty), he gave me some good advice. Be calm and smooth, don't try and create anything that's not there.''

    Felix Escalona had a run-scoring grounder, Steve Cox hit an RBI single and Jared Sandberg knocked in a run with a double before Conti's single made it 6-0 in the third.

    Harris hit a two-run double for the White Sox, who are 24-38 since being seven games above .500 (28-21) on May 25.

    Aubrey Huff put the Devil Rays up 1-0 with a first-inning RBI infield single.

    The White Sox avoided further damage in the first when center fielder Rowand caught Flaherty's fly and threw out Escalona, who was trying to score from third.

    Wilson retired 10 in a row after consecutive two-out walks to Carlos Lee and Jeff Liefer in the first.

    Harris got Chicago to 6-2 with a two-run double in the fifth. Earlier in the inning, Frank Thomas did not slide and was thrown out at the plate by right fielder Conti on Royce Clayton's single.

    "There is no doubt he should have slid if he stood up and got tagged out,'' Manuel said. "He knows he's got to slide.''

    Game notes

    White Sox RF Magglio Ordonez (bruised left elbow) could return to the starting lineup Sunday. He walked as a pinch-hitter in the ninth. ... McRae said struggling 2B Brent Abernathy and RF Ben Grieve will be out of the starting lineup for a few days. Escalona, a Rule 5 pickup, started at second and should see an increase in playing time over the final two months of the season. ... Chicago 3B Joe Crede (sore left thumb) returned after sitting out Friday's game. ... Tampa Bay rookie LF Carl Crawford singled in the third and has a hit in 13 of 15 games since making his major league debut July 20. ... Clayton has a hit in five straight games and has reached base safely in his past 14 contests. ... Phelps has walked 14 in 15 innings since being recalled June 25 from Triple-A Durham. He's fanned 18 in that same span.

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