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White Sox 10, Braves 6: Alex Rios grand in return from benching

Five-RBI game backs Jake Peavy during a nice showcase for both guys on the block

No need to hurry here.
No need to hurry here.

Bullet points, since Fox blacked me out:

*The White Sox powered out of a 4-0 hole with a five-run third inning, capped off by Alex Rios' grand slam. Josh Phegley led off with a double, followed by a Brent Morel walk and a pair of singles by Alejandro De Aza and Alexei Ramirez. That loaded the bases for Rios, who blasted Paul Maholm's first-pitch fastball over the left-field wall to give the Sox a 5-4 lead.

*That gave Jake Peavy enough to win with after a rough beginning to his first start since June 4. The first two runs were unearned thanks to a poor defensive inning by Brent Morel. He fumbled a spinning Freddie Freeman roller to start the second, then gave Gordon Beckham a bad feed on a double play ball. It got the force at second, but Morel led Beckham right into Freeman's takeout slide, leaving him unable to turn two. Two extra outs allowed Dan Uggla to come to the plate, and he ripped a 3-1 fastball for a two-run homer.

*Peavy got BABIP'd in the third inning for two more runs. Joey Terdoslavich led off with a seeing-eye single through the right side, and Jose Costanza followed with a swinging bunt. A productive flyout put runners on the corners, and Justin Upton smashed a hot one-hopper off Morel's glove in left field for another run. A sac fly by Freeman extended the Braves' lead to 4-0.

*Peavy settled down after that while the Sox tacked on four more in the fifth. Phegley again started the inning with a double, this time off the base of the left-field wall. Then Morel benefited from questionable defense by Andrelton Simmons, who couldn't corral a grounder to his left after an awkward sliding attempt. It trickled into center for an RBI "single," to give the Sox a 6-4 lead.

De Aza withstood a mid-at-bat pitching change when Maholm sprained his wrist three pitches in. With a 2-1 count, De Aza saw a fastball strike from David Carpenter, then lined another fastball to center. Two batters later, Rios bounced a single through the right side for another run, and Jeff Keppinger did the same with two outs to extend the lead to 9-4.

*Rios went 3-for-5 with five RBI after being lifted for a costly lack of hustle the game before. De Aza contributed four hits out of the leadoff spot, and Phegley went 3-for-4 himself.

*Peavy's line: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR. He threw 66 of 96 pitches for strikes.

*Phegley's first inning sums up his defense -- he allowed a cutter to get through his legs to allow Constanza to reach on a strikeout, but then gunned him down on a steal attempt to erase his error.

*After a nice weekend in Philadelphia, Donnie Veal returned to his old ways when he hung an 0-2 slider to Freeman, who crushed it for a two-run shot. It narrowed the lead to four, but it was still an easy afternoon when all was said and done.

*And how it was said and done: Addison Reed struck out Constanza to end the game, and Constanza lost grip of his bat and hammer-threw it into the seats behind the first-base dugout, hitting a child.

*Robin Ventura wore a headset during the Sox's five-run fourth, and was unusually chatty with Chris Myers and Eric Karros. He also said "It's (just) one of those" at least a half-dozen times. He probably likes talking to fellow former players a lot more than the media.

*If I missed anything, let me know.

Record: 38-56 | Box score | Play-by-play | Highlights