Gillaspie's RBI in 9th lifts ChiSox over Marlins

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 26, 2013 at 1:59 am •  Published: May 26, 2013
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CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Peavy got some help from Conor Gillaspie in finishing off the Miami Marlins.

Gillaspie hit a run-scoring single in the ninth inning, lifting the White Sox to a 2-1 win over the Marlins on Saturday night.

Peavy (6-2) struck out five and allowed six hits in a complete game, but Derek Dietrich homered with one out in the ninth to tie the game and spoil the shutout bid.

That didn't stop the White Sox, who have won eight of 11 and, at 23-24, are their closest to .500 since April 17 when they were 7-8.

"For us to come back and win in the (ninth) was special," Peavy said. "That's the White Sox way. Nothing's easy around here, is it?"

Through eight innings, Peavy was making it look easy.

Facing a Miami team that entered play hitting .221, Peavy wasn't hassled much. In the second he got a double play with no outs to help him get out of the inning. In the eighth Peavy allowed a one-out double to Greg Dobbs and walked Adeiny Hechavarria but escaped the inning by getting Rob Brantly to pop out and Juan Pierre to fly out.

Other than that, there wasn't much from the Miami offense until Dietrich's homer.

"He pitched great," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.

Alexei Ramirez gave Chicago a 1-0 lead with an RBI double in the third. Pierre mishandled the ball in the left field corner — but wasn't charged with an error — allowing Alejandro De Aza to score from first.

Thanks to Peavy, however, that lone run was all the White Sox needed until the ninth.

Ricky Nolasco allowed one run and eight hits and struck out six in 7 2-3 innings for Miami but couldn't earn his second consecutive win after beating Arizona on May 19. The Marlins right-hander has allowed two runs over his last two starts and kept the White Sox in check.

It wasn't good enough for the win, however.

Wise, who entered as a defensive replacement for Dayan Viciedo in the top of the ninth, led off with a double off Ryan Webb (1-3). He streaked home on Gillaspie's single to left, scoring easily ahead of a throw from Pierre.

Alex Rios went 0 for 4, ending his career-high hitting streak at 18 games, but Gillaspie had three hits for the White Sox, while Jeff Keppinger and Ramirez also had two.

"Baseball is such a funny game because everybody feeds off each other," Gillaspie said. "We went through some pretty rough times the first half of the season. It's good to kind of get everybody on the same page. Everybody's excited. You can feel it in the clubhouse."

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