ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Wade Davis pitched seven solid innings, John Jaso homered and the Tampa Bay Rays won for the eighth time in nine games with a 4-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.
Davis (2-2) allowed one run and six hits. Jaso put the Rays ahead 2-0 on a two-run homer off Phil Humber (1-2) during the second.
Tampa Bay (9-9) became just the second team since 1900 — joining the 1991 Seattle Mariners — to reach .500 in April after starting the season with a six-game losing streak.
Carlos Quentin homered for the White Sox, who have lost seven in a row. Chicago has been outscored 11-2 through three games of a four-game series against Tampa Bay.
Dunn, who missed six games after having an emergency appendectomy on April 6, entered with just two hits in 27 at-bats over his previous seven games.
Humber gave up four runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings.
The White Sox loaded the bases — including walks to Quentin and Dunn — with two outs in the first, but failed to score when Alex Rios lined out deep to left.
Davis got defensive help from right fielder Matt Joyce, who made a leaping catch at the wall on Juan Pierre's drive with two on and one out in the fifth. Gordon Beckman, mired in a 2 for 25 slide, then hit an infield pop fly to end the inning.
Casey Kotchman made it 3-0 with a fourth-inning RBI double. Joyce had a run-scoring double in the fifth that extended the Rays' advantage to 4-0.
Quentin's sixth-inning homer pulled Chicago within 4-1.
Chicago catcher A.J. Pierzynski was ejected by plate umpire Brian Knight after grounding out to end the top of sixth. The pair had a discussion near the plate as Pierzynski was returning to the dugout.
NOTES: Tampa Bay DH Johnny Damon was out the lineup for third straight game due to a left ring finger injury. Damon said there was soreness when took batting practice, but that he plans to hit again on Thursday. ... Guillen is not sure when he'll give Rios (sore toe) a day off. Rios told Guillen that he doesn't need a rest. ... Rays 1B Dan Johnson (left wrist) was the DH after missing the previous two games.