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Sunday, April 14, 2013
Rapid Reaction: White Sox 3, Indians 1

By Scott Sargent


CLEVELAND — Seven strong innings from Jake Peavy coupled with home runs from Paul Konerko and Alejandro De Aza helped the White Sox fuel a 3-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday afternoon.

How it happened: After Chicago starting pitcher Jake Peavy allowed a first pitch home run to Indians center fielder Michael Bourn, he settled in to dominate for much of the afternoon, striking out 11 batters and walking none. Cleveland starter Brett Myers went six innings, but allowed a two-out, two-run home run to Paul Konerko. Alejandro De Aza followed with a home run of his own, a 410-foot blast off Cleveland's Vinnie Pestano in the eighth inning. White Sox relievers Matt Thornton and Addison Reed combined to throw two scoreless innings of relief. Reed secured his fourth save of 2013.

What it means: The White Sox avoid an 0-6 start on the road and head to Toronto with a little momentum. Peavy's seven innings allowed manager Robin Ventura to let his bullpen rest after being overused in Washington and on Saturday night in Cleveland. Eleven of the team's 12 games this season have been decided by three or fewer runs. The Sox are 1-1 in two-run games.

Outside the box: This was Jake Peavy's 32nd career game where he struck out at least 10 batters, but just the third where he walked zero. He struck out 11 while walking zero on June 30 of 2012, but the result was a 4-0 complete game loss to the New York Yankees. He goes to 5-3 on his career against the Indians. Also, White Sox third baseman Connor Gallaspie went 5-for-11 on the series, raising his average on the season to .444.

Offbeat: Paul Konerko continues to terrorize the Cleveland Indians. In 230 games against the Tribe, he is the active leader in home runs (47) and runs batted in (173). In 17 games against Cleveland in 2012 alone, Konerko hit .328 with three home runs and 15 RBI.

Up next: The White Sox road trip heads across the border to Toronto as Gavin Floyd (0-2, 5.56 ERA) will take the hill against long-time Chicago starting pitcher Mark Buehrle (0-0, 10.24 ERA).