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Rays win 13th consecutive home game in 2023

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ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays remain unbeaten at home this season after completing their fifth series sweep Sunday afternoon with a 4-1 win over the White Sox before a crowd of 22,702 at Tropicana Field.

The victory, keyed by Zach Eflin’s strong return from the injured list and homers by Luke Raley and Harold Ramírez, improved Tampa Bay’s record to 19-3. It’s the best 22-game start to a season in the Majors since 1987, when the Brewers were also 19-3. Only two teams in MLB’s modern era, the 1911 Tigers and 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers, have won more of their first 22 games.

Much of the Rays’ success has come under their own roof, as they are a perfect 13-0 at Tropicana Field. That season-opening winning streak at home matches the 2009 Dodgers for the longest in the live ball era and trails only the 1880 Chicago White Stockings (21 straight), ’86 Detroit Wolverines, ’84 St. Louis Maroons (16) and ’85 White Stockings (14) in AL/NL history.

Eflin led the way for Tampa Bay in his return from a bout with low back tightness, cruising through five innings on only 67 pitches while allowing just one run. He received some early run support from Raley, who crushed a Statcast-projected 442-foot two-run shot to right field off Lucas Giolito during the Rays’ three-run second inning.

Ramírez padded their lead in the third with his fifth home run of the year, one shy of his total from last season. Right-hander Yonny Chirinos economically worked three innings in relief, and Pete Fairbanks picked up his third save in the ninth.

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