The Sox used the long ball to bail out Jake Peavy from a 3-0 hole, and Addison Reed survived a greased-tee ending to seal their first three-game winning streak of the season.
With a stiff wind blowing out to right, long balls were the story of the game. Jake Peavy gave up a couple in that direction, including one off the bat of Evan Longoria that looked like a deep flyout off the bat in the fourth inning. Kelly Johnson added an RBI single after that for a 3-0 Tampa Bay lead, and it looked like a quiet night ahead for the Sox.
But the offense, which blew a man-on-third-nobody-out situation in the second inning, came around in its second turn against Roberto Hernandez. The Sox manufactured a run in the bottom of the fourth, with Alex Rios reaching on a fielder's choice, stealing second and scoring on Adam Dunn's single to right.
One inning later, the fireworks came out. Hector Gimenez smashed a couple hard fouls before keeping one fair and over the right-field wall for his first homer as a White Sox. Two batters later, Alejandro De Aza grounded a single back up the middle, bringing Tyler Greene to the plate.
It should have been Jeff Keppinger, but he was a late scratch due to back spasms. So there was only one person to whom Ventura could turn ...
... and Greene came through by jumping on the former Fausto's high first-pitch sinker and hitting it over the wall in center, giving the Sox a 4-3 lead.
Conor Gillaspie used his meteorological know-how to ride the wind over the wall for a solo shot leading off the sixth, and the Sox ended up needing that run.
Not because of Peavy, who ended up settling down after that rough fourth. He retired the last eight batters he faced on just 24 pitches, giving way to the bullpen with two outs in the seventh. Matt Thornton closed that inning, and Jesse Crain pitched around a couple of two-out singles in the eighth.
Reed, trying for his third save in three days, provided a little more drama. His improved slider command wasn't there, and spent most of the inning working from behind in the count. He gave up a double off the wall despite Jordan Danks' best efforts, and it held up under a video review as it clearly hit the yellow padding, and not the fence behind. Matt Joyce brought the run in anyway with an RBI single, and Reed put him (or pinch-runner Desmond Jennings) into scoring position with a five-pitch walk to Ryan Roberts.
When the dangerous Ben Zobrist came to the plate, Reed collected himself. He got ahead 0-2 with a fastball and slider, and after Zobrist barely got a piece of a 94-mph fastball on the hands, he couldn't check up on a slider, ending the game.