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Peavy gem ruined as White Sox lose 4-3

Associated Press Modified: October 3, 2012 at 4:03 pm •  Published: October 3, 2012
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Jake Peavy doesn't know if Tuesday night's start was his last with the Chicago White Sox.

If so, it was one pitch from being memorable.

Peavy held Cleveland to one hit through eight innings, but gave up a two-run, game-tying homer to Travis Hafner in the ninth and the White Sox fell 4-3 in 12 innings.

Jason Donald singled home the winning run with two outs in the 12th off Nate Jones to send the White Sox, who were eliminated from the AL Central race on Monday, to defeat.

Dayan Viciedo hit a two-run homer off Cleveland closer Chris Perez in the ninth for a 3-1 lead. It looked as if Chicago was in business since Peavy, who had allowed only Shin-Soo Choo's 16th homer leading off the fourth, was in complete control.

Pinch hitter Michael Brantley led off with a single up the middle. Hafner, batting for Lou Marson, sent a towering drive down the line in right field that hit the foul pole and tied the game.

The sequence summed up the season for Peavy, who had a solid 3.37 ERA, but finished 11-12.

"It's fitting, the way my year seems to have gone," he said. "When I need to catch a break, I can't catch one. A cue ball off the end (of the bat) and the ball hits the foul pole."

White Sox manager Robin Ventura had no second thoughts about letting Peavy, who walked one and struck out eight, go out for the ninth.

"He was pitching great," Ventura said. "He earned that from what he did this year."

"You want to finish what you start," Peavy said. "I felt good. There was no reason for me not to go out there. I felt fine. I didn't have any stressful innings."

Peavy's $22 million option for next season almost certainly won't be picked up, but the right-hander has said he'd like to return.

Asked if he thought he had pitched his last game with the White Sox, Peavy said, "I certainly hope that's not the case. We'll see how the next few months play out. This has been a rewarding year as much as it can be. We've had something special here that we haven't had, a cohesiveness that hasn't been here."

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