Adam Dunn's batting average has never been much to look at for baseball fans, but that was never where his value was. The White Sox slugger has made a career out of hitting the long ball. He did it again on Monday, smacking his 16th home run, second-highest total in the American League, to power the White Sox to a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Dunn's home run spoiled an otherwise solid outing from Rays starter Matt Moore. The lefty struck out 10 and gave up just four hits in seven innings of work, in what was his best outing of the season. The loss drops him to 1-5 for the year.
Chris Sale pitched even better for the White Sox. The lefty struck out 15 Rays' batters, giving up a single run on three hits. It moved him to 6-2 on the season, dropping his ERA to 2.34.
The Rays will try again on Tuesday night as their series with the White Sox continues from Tampa Bay.