Sox offense powers Peavy to win

CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox starter Jake Peavy finally got the run support in Friday’s 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays that he had been missing in his first four starts.

The Sox offense previously had averaged 3.55 runs per game when Peavy took the mound, including his last start against Minnesota, when he received a no decision after allowing only one run in seven innings.

As on most occasions when he is removed from a game, the veteran pitcher wanted to stay on the mound. But in the Rays seventh manager Robin Ventura decided he did not want Tampa’s Matt Joyce to have a chance at hitting his second home run of the game.

“I saved a little bit for Joyce,” Peavy said. “I wanted to finish (the seventh) and maybe get (Ryan) Roberts out to start the eighth. The skipper felt otherwise and that is his call. You are never going to find a time I am happy to come out of a game.”

Peavy also experienced run support issues in 2012, when he ended up with a losing record despite a very respectable 3.37 ERA.

“Hey, when we fall behind 3 nothing you know you have your work cut out for you,” he said. “At the same time what a great way for the team to not get down and show character after the way things have been.”

The White Sox came into Friday’s game 27th in runs scored.

“I wouldn’t mind a few more than five a game,” said Ventura, who alluded that five or six runs on offense a would be enough each night to project a good season. “Five is a pretty good number for our pitching staff, if we play defense, five is a good number.”

The victory Friday night extended the Sox’s winning streak to three games, their longest of the season.