ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jake Peavy could not have pitched much better. Especially considering the way he felt.
Fighting an illness that has sapped him the last few days, the Chicago White Sox pitcher allowed one run on four hits in seven innings in a tough-luck 1-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals and Lance Lynn on Wednesday night.
"I had to throttle back and maybe that helped me a little bit mechanically," Peavy said. "I'll tell you what, I pitched better tonight than I did feeling good the last few."
The game came down to one pitch, Carlos Beltran's National League-leading 19th homer with one out in the third.
"Fastball down the middle. It was supposed to be in," Peavy said. "You can't throw balls that catch that much plate to a hitter who is going as well as he's going."
Lynn (10-2) struck out a career-high 12 to stay tied for the major league lead in wins as the Cardinals ended Chicago's eight-game road winning streak.
Peavy has been a pretty good hitter throughout his career, and entered 6 for 17 against St. Louis, but struck out in both at-bats against Lynn.
"That kid's impressive," Peavy said. "That ball had a lot of life out of his hand.
"You don't go 10-2 with those numbers by accident."
Paul Konerko grounded into a game-ending double play with runners on first and third against Jason Motte.
"More than anything, it was location," Konerko said. "If he's hitting his spots it's tough to put a good swing on it."
The game was played in a snappy 2 hours, 24 minutes.
"It's probably a good game to watch, I suppose," Konerko said. "For me, a lot of runs is fun because that's like what I do."
Beltran homered in the third inning off Peavy (6-2) and had three of the four hits for the Cardinals, who have scored only seven runs in the last five games and totaled a single run for the third straight game. They've won just five of 14.
Lynn allowed three hits in 7 1-3 innings and joined Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey as the only 10-game winners in the majors. Dickey threw a one-hitter at Tampa Bay earlier in the night.
The 25-year-old Cardinals right-hander, who replaced injured Chris Carpenter in the rotation and is in his first full big league season, topped his previous career best of 11 strikeouts while going six innings during his last start at Houston.