American League Game Summary - Toronto at Chicago|
(Friday, July 6th)
Final Score: Chicago 4, Toronto 2
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Jake Peavy pitched into the eighth inning while
Alexei Ramirez had two hits, an RBI and a run scored as the Chicago White Sox
defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-2, in the opener of a three-game set.
Peavy (7-5) allowed one run on five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts
over 7 1/3 innings to snap a four-start losing streak.
"We scrapped a few [runs] out and we battled. I wasn't on top of my game by
any means, but we battled," said Peavy. "We won the first game and we have a
chance to come out and win one of these next two in the series and go into the
break on a good note."
Addison Reed allowed a run in the ninth but still escaped with his 13th save
of the year for Chicago, which won its fourth straight game.
Aaron Laffey (0-1) made his third start of the season and surrendered four
runs -- three earned -- on eight hits and a walk over six full frames.
"I think I'm throwing the ball really well. I think I've throw the ball well
enough to earn a spot in this rotation and stay in this rotation," said
Adam Lind homered in a losing effort for the Blue Jays, who have dropped two
straight and four of their last six.
Reed entered for the ninth and immediately walked Edwin Encarnacion. Lind then
slapped a base hit to left to move Encarnacion to third before Yunel
Escobar lifted a sacrifice fly to right-center field, scoring Encarnacion and
bringing the tying run to the plate.
But Reed settled down to induce a game-ending 6-4-3 double play by Rajai
Davis to close out the win for Chicago.
After both teams stranded a runner on second base in the first inning, Toronto
went ahead in the second on Lind's leadoff blast into the left-center field
Chicago would not advance a runner past first base from there until Dayan
Viciedo opened the fifth inning with a double to left.
Ramirez then singled to left to bring home Viciedo. Ramirez was able to
advance to third on the play when Davis' throw home sailed well over the head
of J.P. Arencibia and crossed the plate on Gordon Beckham's bloop double to
Alejandro De Aza's fly ball to center field moved Beckham to third before
Kevin Youkilis' RBI base hit to left gave the White Sox a 3-1 advantage.
A.J. Pierzynski's solo shot to right in the sixth inning extended Chicago's
Peavy, who did not allow a runner to reach third base following Lind's home
run, was removed in the eighth inning after Brett Lawrie led off the frame
with a fly ball to center field.
Matt Thornton took the bump next and struck out both Colby Rasmus and Jose
Bautista to end the inning.
Peavy improved to 2-0 in four career starts against the Blue Jays...Laffey
fell to 3-4 in 15 meetings (six starts) against Chicago...The season series
between the teams is tied, 2-2...Toronto went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring
position and left five men on base...Chicago hit 3-for-6 with runners in
scoring position and stranded six.
07/07 00:27:24 ET