CLEVELAND -- Having gone winless on a road trip entering Sunday's game, the Chicago White Sox
called on Jake Peavy
to be their stopper and the 31-year-old right-hander delivered.
Peavy pitched seven dominating innings as the White Sox snapped their five-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians
Peavy held Cleveland to one run and five hits while striking out 11 without walking a batter as he improved his record to 2-1 and lowered his ERA to 3.93.
After getting swept in a three-game series in Washington and then losing the first two games of the series in Cleveland, the White Sox were off to their first 0-5 road start since 1972 and they were trying to avoid their first 0-6 start on the road since 1968.
It did not start off well for Chicago. After the first pitch of the game from Peavy, the White Sox were losing 1-0. In the bottom of the first inning, Cleveland leadoff hitter Michael Bourn
hit Peavy's first pitch over the right-field wall for his second home run of the year.
That was the Indians' first run of the game and also their last run. In the next six innings, Peavy was overpowering. After Bourn's home run, Peavy struck out 10 of the next 19 batters he faced. He faced the minimum three batters in each of the second through the fifth innings. After Bourn's home run, no Cleveland base runner reached second base against Peavy.
Indians starter Brett Myers
, who was roughed up in his first two appearances of the season, held the White Sox scoreless on five hits through the first five innings. In his first two appearances, Myers had a 12.19 ERA and had given up seven home runs in 10 1/3 innings.
Myers took the 1-0 lead into the sixth, but with two outs and nobody on, he walked Adam Dunn. Paul Konerko then belted a 3-and-1 pitch over the left-field wall for a two-run homer, giving Chicago a 2-1 lead.
Myers (0-2) was removed from the game after the sixth having given up two runs and six hits with four strikeouts and one walk.
Reliever Vinnie Pestano gave up a home run to Alejandro De Aza leading off the eighth to extend the White Sox lead to 3-1 and Addison Reed pitched the ninth for the White Sox to pick up his fourth save.
NOTES: Bourn left the game in the eighth inning with a right hand laceration after a headfirst slide into first base. ... Jason Giambi made his first appearance in a game for the Indians, batting sixth as the designated hitter. The 42-year-old Giambi was 0 for 4. ... White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers doubled off Myers in the fifth, snapping his 0-for-22 hitless streak. Flowers, who was 1 for 3 in the game, is in a 3-for-27 slide and has struck out in five of his last seven at-bats. ... Nick Swisher made his first start in right field for the Indians. Swisher had previously started eight games at first base and two as the designated hitter. ... Before the game, the White Sox placed infielder Angel Sanchez on the disabled list and purchased the contract of infielder Tyler Greene from Class AAA Charlotte.
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