CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Peavy found two things he had really been missing — run support and a victory — and helped the first-place White Sox improve to a season-best nine games over .500.
Peavy ended a personal four-game losing streak and earned his first win since May 26 by pitching one-run ball into the eighth as Chicago beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 on Friday night.
"It's a whole different feeling, I promise you that," Peavy said. "When you get a lead in a ballgame as a starting pitcher, it changes the whole way you go about things. I know it shouldn't. ... You know you have room to wiggle a little bit. You are more aggressive and it's just nice."
Peavy (7-5) was 0-4 in his previous four starts — throwing two complete games — when Chicago scored only two total runs during those losses.
The White Sox got three runs in the fifth Friday night with the help of two Toronto errors and A.J. Pierzynski hit his 16th homer in the sixth as Chicago won its fourth straight.
"He could have nine, 10, 11 wins right now if we could've scored some runs for him," Pierzynski said. "But it just seems like every time he pitches, we haven't been able to get a hit or drive a guy in or whatever it is. Tonight, we didn't do a great job of it, but we got enough hits and scored enough runs because he pitched well enough to get the win."
Peavy allowed five hits in 7 1/3 innings, walked two and struck out seven. He threw 115 pitches left to a big ovation after retiring the leadoff hitter in the eighth. Game-time temperature was 91.
"I wasn't on top of my game by any means, but we battled," Peavy said. "There's no doubt, it's hot. I threw very little in the bullpen. I didn't even wear the clothes I was going to pitch in to warm up in simply because the humidity and the heat. But playing in it, you get accustomed it. "
Addison Reed earned his 13th save in 14 chances despite giving up a run in the ninth. He walked leadoff hitter Edwin Encarnacion, gave up a single to Adam Lind and a sacrifice fly to Yunel Escobar before getting Rajai Davis to ground into a game-ending double play.
Lind hit his seventh homer in the second to give Toronto and lefty Aaron Laffey the early lead before the White Sox got three in the fifth with the aid of two Blue Jays errors.
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