CHICAGO (Reuters) - Starter Jake Peavy pitched eight masterful innings, while his Chicago White Sox team mates scored four runs in the seventh, to romp to a comfortable 7-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.
“Every time he throws strikes, that kid is nasty,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. “Everybody knows about it. If Peavy throws strikes he does very good in this league.”
Peavy had a perfect game going until the sixth inning, retiring the first 16 batters he faced, before John Buck connected with a slider and drove it over the left field wall for a solo home run.
The White Sox, who had taken an early 3-0 lead, responded in the seventh when they scored four runs to give Peavy a comfortable buffer.
“When we scored those runs, that’s what we needed,” Guillen said. “(We gave our) pitchers room for mistake. It’s not easy to go out there every day and be down by one (run) or up by one.
“You need to make a perfect pitch.”
Peavy gave up another solo home run, to Alex Gonzalez, to lead off the eighth then retired the next three batters to finish with eight strikeouts, three hits and two runs. Sergio Santos then pitched the final inning, giving up one run on two doubles.
“I’ve always thrown strikes in my career, and I’m proud of throwing strikes and being aggressive,” said Peavy.
“In this ballpark, you’re going to give up home runs, maybe not in other ballparks, but I’m going to be aggressive no matter when I pitch.”
Paul Konerko returned to the lineup after missing the last two games and quickly added to his league leading home run total in the first inning with his 13th of the season.
Reporting by Mike Mouat in Windsor, Ontario; Editing by Greg Stutchbury; To query or comment on this story email firstname.lastname@example.org
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