The Chicago White Sox unexpectedly lost their starting pitcher in the fourth inning, and then went on to win their eighth straight game.
Alexei Ramirez drove in two runs and the White Sox extended their season-best winning streak with a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday.
Chicago left-hander Jose Quintana was ejected by plate umpire Mark Wegner with two outs in the fourth when he threw a pitch behind Ben Zobrist at knee level. Chicago manager Robin Ventura was also tossed by Wegner for arguing.
''I've never seen anything like that,'' Ventura said. ''I don't know how to explain it. I was shocked. Usually if the guy feels it (had) intent, he gives warning and it goes from there, but it just shocked me.''
Quintana, through a translator, said he was not throwing at Zobrist.
''I was going to throw a fastball, but A.J. (Pierzynski) asked him for a changeup and instead of crossing him over, I went through and it just slippe...