Rapid Reaction: White Sox 4, Blue Jays 2
CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the White Sox’s 4-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday.
How it happened: Starter Jake Peavy earned his first win since May 26, allowing one run on five hits while striking out seven in 7 1/3 innings. The White Sox got on the board in the fifth inning thanks to the bottom third of the batting order and some shoddy defense by the Blue Jays. Dayan Viciedo led off with a double and scored on a wild throw from left field off an Alexei Ramirez RBI single. Then Gordon Beckham drove in Ramirez with a pop fly single to left field that no one could get to. Kevin Youkilis added an RBI single in the fifth and A.J. Pierzynski hit his 16th home run of the season in the sixth. Right fielder Alex Rios extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
What it means: The win put the White Sox a season-high nine games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2010 season. Friday’s victory also gave the Sox a season-high six straight home wins.
Outside the box score: At long last, Peavy got some run support. Recently, Peavy had put in some quality starts with nothing to show for it; he entered Friday’s game with an average of 0.60 run support over his last four starts, in which he went 0-4 with a 2.70 ERA and two complete games.
Up next: Right hander Gavin Floyd (6-8) will take the mound on Saturday with a 2-1 record and 1.93 ERA in his last three starts. He’ll oppose Toronto left hander Ricky Romero (8-3). Game time is 3:10 p.m.