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Rays stay hot on cold day, complete sweep of White Sox with 9-1 win

Where do you want to start in breaking down the Rays' sweep-clinching 9-1 win over the White Sox on a cold and wet Wednesday?

With pitcher Tyler Glasnow, who rolled to a third straight win with his most impressive outing yet, striking out a career-high 11 over six dazzling two-hit, no-run innings?

Outfielder Tommy Pham, who hit his first and second homers of the season?

Outfielder Austin Meadows, who homered again as part of a three-hit, three-RBIs afternoon after rapping four hits on Tuesday?

Or the big picture, that the win was the Rays 10th in their first 13 games of the season, extending their franchise-best matching start, also in 2010?

A game that seemed in doubt due to an ominous forecast, was delayed an hour-and-a-half at the start and played in near-frigid temps with a first-pitch temperature of 38, turned out to leave the Rays with a warm feeling as they headed to Toronto and a day off.

The Rays scored first for the 10th time in 13 games, and with three runs improved their scoring margin in first innings to 17-1. Wednesday marked the sixth straight in which they scored in the first, tying the team record set in 2004. They are the first AL team to do that, per Stats LLC, since the Astros in June 2015. The last AL team to score in the first inning in seven straight games was the 2006 Indians.

Meadows, who had four hits and four RBIs in Tuesday's win, got the Rays started again Wednesday with a leadoff single, and Pham followed with his first homer of the season. They added a third run when Brandon Lowe doubled and Avisail Garcia, the former White Sox All-Star making his first trip back, delivered an RBI single.

The Rays made it 5-0 with some two-out work in the fourth. Meadows hit his team-high fourth homer, and Pham followed with his second of the day. Ji-Man Choi then doubled, and Garcia singled him in.

They added two more in the fifth, Meadows doubling in Daniel Robertson, who drew a leadoff walk, and Willy Adames, who singled. And they go to 9-0 in the ninth when Mike Zunino, who walked to the plate 2-for-33 for the season, doubled and Adames singled him in.

Glasnow was dominant all afternoon, allowing just two singles and a walk, retiring his first five batters and his last 11, in lowering his ERA to 0.53. He threw 85 pitches, 54 for strikes.

The game started after a 99-minute delay due to rain and sleet, and with a first-pitch temperature of 38 degrees that matched the third coldest in Rays history. The low point remains a 34-degree start in Boston in 2003.

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