Derek Lowe (2.15) and Jake Peavy (2.39) entered the game with the best and third-best ERAs in the league.
This game tarnished that stat for both pitchers, but at least Jake Peavy got a win to show for it.
The White Sox covered up two bad innings for Peavy with their most prolific performance at the plate this season, and there were no shortage of heroes.
Maybe you like Alex Rios, who went 3-for-5 with a homer, three runs and three RBI? Or maybe you prefer Dayan Viciedo, who also went 3-for-5 with a homer, and scored two runs while driving in five?
Or how about perfection from Paul Konerko, who went 4-for-4 with three doubles, three runs scored, two RBI and a walk? Whichever one is your pick to click, it was all good after the third inning.
Peavy, who showed shaky command early, blew a 4-0 lead by giving up five runs in the top of the third, lowlighted by Lou Marson and his .100 average singling, and Shin-Soo Choo getting plunked with two strikes. Jason Kipnis also rocked Peavy for the first of two two-run homers on the day.
But the Sox struck right back against Lowe, knocking him out after 2 2/3 innings. Adam Dunn rifled a shot down the first-base line that clipped Casey Kotchman in the shoulder and ricocheted into the seats for a ground-rule double. Paul Konerko followed by pounding the chalk down the right-field line, and he traded places with Dunn after his own ground-rule double to tie the game.
Alex Rios followed with a single up the middle to score Konerko, and four pitches later, Dayan Viciedo ripped a 2-1 pitch into the Indians bullpen for an opposite-field homer, giving the Sox another four-run inning and an 8-5 lead.
Kipnis narrowed the lead to one with his second homer, but the Sox found another four spot in the seventh to turn this game into a laugher -- with some help by some laughable Indians defense. Konerko, for instance, blew through a stop sign at third and scored without a throw, because the relay was botched. Rios took second and scored two singles later.
Alexei Ramirez hit a squibber to the right side, but he hustled and beat a bad exchange at first to load the bases. And after Orlando Hudson struck out, Alejandro De Aza appeared to end the inning with a grounder to short. But the throw to first pulled Kotchman off the bag to score one run, and as Kotchman stumbled collecting himself (and the ball), Viciedo also scored.
That turned a one-run lead into a five-run cushion, and Rios added two more with his fourth homer of the year.
- The White Sox improved to 4-0 during South Side Sox methups.