Officially eliminated from playoff contention, the Tampa Bay Rays must get used to playing for pride.
The Rays will look to avoid a fourth consecutive loss to the visiting Chicago White Sox on Saturday night.Tampa Bay (74-80) blew a 3-0 lead by allowing all of Chicago's runs in the fifth inning in a 4-3 loss Friday that officially eliminated the club from the postseason race. After reaching the playoffs four of the previous six seasons and winning the wild-card game last year, the Rays had been preparing themselves for this disappointing moment."It's definitely no fun when you come to the park and you know you're not going to be playing in October," losing pitcher Jeremy Hellickson said.Though the Rays overcame a 1-14 stretch that spanned May and June by getting back to .500 on Aug. 15, they've gone 13-19 since, including 7-12 at Tropicana Field.Tampa Bay had won seven of 11 overall prior to dropping its last two contests."It's just the way this things rolls sometimes," manager Joe Maddon told MLB's official website. "You try to be the best every year. Obviously, it's hard to do."I would want to believe we'll reflect on (what happened in 2014) and really never let it happen again, and never let it happen in the next 10 years or so."Logan Forsythe homered and had three RBIs for the Rays, who are 1-4 against the White Sox (70-83) this season.Chris Archer (9-8, 3.54 ERA) has struggled in two career appearances -- one start -- against Chicago, allowing eight runs and 12 hits in eight innings without receiving a decision. He gave up half of those runs and nine hits in six innings of a 9-6 loss April 25.The right-hander, however, has yielded four runs and 10 hits over 13 1/3 innings to go 1-0 in two starts after posting an 11.70 ERA while losing his two previous outings. Archer gave up a solo homer, two other hits and struck out nine over seven innings of a 6-5, 10-inning win at Toronto on Sunday.All-Stars Alexei Ramirez and Jose Abreu are a combined 4 for 7 versus Archer, and batting .436 with 15 RBIs against the Rays this season.Ramirez had three hits Friday while Abreu recorded his 104th RBI, and 12th versus Tampa Bay this year.After going 1-0 with a 3.54 ERA in his previous three starts, Chicago's Hector Noesi (8-10, 4.77) gave up five runs and two more homers over 6 2/3 innings in a 6-4 loss to Minnesota on Sunday. The right-hander doesn't seem too concerned that he's allowed 10 home runs in his past six starts and 16 over the last 12. Noesi's 27 homers surrendered are the most in the AL."I'm feeling fine," he said. "Just off a little bit with my mechanics."Noesi is 0-2 with a 6.97 ERA in three stats against the Rays, but has not faced them in that capacity since 2012 with Seattle. He pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings during a 4-0 loss to Tampa Bay on April 26.David DeJesus is 4 for his last 20, but 4 for 5 versus Noesi.