White Sox 7, Tigers 4: Jake Peavy a winner in possible last start

Jonathan Daniel

Offense provides plenty of support for trade-candidate starter by battering Justin Verlander

Bullet points, assembled between watching parts, listening to parts, tracking on Twitter and highlights. Let me know if I missed anything:

*In what looks like his last start as a member of the White Sox, Jake Peavy picked up a deserving victory. He pitched better than his line, pounding the strike zone over seven innings. He gave up a 2-0 lead by allowing a two-run shot to Torii Hunter, but held Detroit down while the Sox offense jumped on Justin Verlander. He did give up a solo shot in both the seventh and eighth innings, but there was no cost to being aggressive, and he shouldn't have started the eighth anyway.

It's unfortunate in the sense that his 118th and final pitch left the yard and cost him a quality start, but I don't think anybody's going to hold it against him. He allowed just four hits and two walks over seven innings while striking out seven, and left to a pair of standing ovations.

*Verlander didn't have as pleasant of an afternoon, as the Sox have beat him in consecutive starts for the first time since 2008. They followed up their 12-hit attack on him on July 9 with 11 hits today; before this month, the only other time they tagged him for at least 10 hits was Aug. 11, 2006.

The Sox BABIP'd him, and his defense didn't help out, either. The big blow was a gift RBI double courtesy of Andy Dirks in left field. Dirks could not track Tyler Flowers' crushed-but-catchable liner, and it glanced off his glove to give the Sox a 3-2 lead.

That non-error error loomed large, because Verlander came back to strike out Alejandro De Aza for only the second out. Alexei Ramirez used the extra life to drop a two-run single into center. He took second on the throw home, and scored on Alex Rios' single to left. That gave the Sox a 6-2 lead, and Flowers tagged Verlander for a solo shot in the sixth to cap off Chicago's scoring.

*The Sox scored five of their seven runs with two outs. In the first, after Ramirez took second with a steal, Adam Dunn extended the inning with a walk. That gave Paul Konerko the opportunity to line a single to center for the game's first run. Jeff Keppinger then smacked a single to right for a 2-0 lead. Hunter misplayed it in right, and the ball got behind him. Joe McEwing gave Paul Konerko the green light, and the decision ended the inning with an easy out at the plate.

*Everybody who came to the plate had a hit except for De Aza, who had a rough afternoon (0-for-4 with three strikeouts). Rios had a pair of hits and a nice sliding catch, and Dunn singled and walked twice.

*Dunn committed the lone Sox error, dropping a throw from Ramirez to force Matt Lindstrom to record an extra out in the eighth. It didn't hurt them, and Addison Reed pitched around a two-out single and walk to record his 26th save.

Record: 40-59 | Box score | Play-by-play | Highlights

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