ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon is hopeful that a loss will not overshadow a strong start by Matt Moore.
Chris Sale struck out a career-high 15, Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox extended their winning streak to six games with a 2-1 victory over Moore and the Rays on Monday.
Moore (1-5) allowed two runs and four hits over seven innings. The left-hander, who had given up 19 runs over 19 2-3 innings in his previous four starts, struck out 10 and walked one.
``He was matched up on a bad day,' Maddon said. ``No question I would like to believe that he's going to build some confidence. He looked a lot more comfortable.'
Chicago took a 2-1 lead during the sixth when Gordon Beckham singled and scored on Dunn's 16th homer, off Moore. Dunn has gone deep 11 times in May.
``Obviously, that pitch to Dunn, that's where he likes the ball,' Moore said. ``It was mistake that wound up costing us.'
Moore threw 73 of 104 pitches for strikes.
``Take it one at a time,' Moore said. ``I really tried to stay within myself.'
Sale (6-2) gave up one run, three hits and walked two in 7 1-3 innings while finishing one strikeout shy of the team record. Jack Harshman struck out 16 against Boston on July 25, 1954.
``That's two of the best young pitchers that have come through in a long time,' Dunn said. ``You had to kind of focus and not get caught up in what they were doing. Those two guys are something special, man. For sure.'
Sale struck out his 15th batter, Jose Molina, with a runner on third and two outs in the seventh. He retired his final batter, Rich Thompson, on a grounder to lead off the eighth.
``A special day ... it was awesome,' said Sale, who is from nearby Lakeland. ``It's nice, especially growing up and being kind of a Tampa Bay Rays fan. My uncle brought me here to the first game. It was the day after my birthday.'
Sale matched Detroit's Max Scherzer for the most strikeouts in a game this season. Scherzer fanned 15 against the Pittsburgh Pirates a week ago.
After Jesse Crain got the final two outs in the eighth, Addison Reed pitched the ninth for his fifth save.
The White Sox had scored at least nine runs in each of their previous four games.
Chicago's Paul Konerko, who entered hitting .399, went 1 for 4. He flared an opposite-field single to right during the ninth that extended his hitting streak to 14 games.
Ben Zobrist singled, stole second and scored to put the Rays up 1-0 on Jose Lobaton's RBI single in the fourth. Lobaton was activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game. He was out since April 13 due to right shoulder soreness.
Zobrist, playing in right field, took a hit away from A.J. Pierzynski in the second with a diving catch.
Tampa Bay's B.J. Upton went 0 for 4, including three strikeouts against Sale, and had his 10-game winning streak end.
NOTES: Lobaton's RBI was his first in the majors. ... Zobrist went 2 for 3 against Sale. ... Tampa Bay 3B Evan Longoria (partial tear left hamstring) increased his agility and running program, and continues taking batting practice and fielding grounders. ... To make room for Lobaton, Tampa Bay optioned C Chris Gimenez to Triple-A Durham.
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