Weak-hitting White Sox wake up with 13 hits in 6-3 win
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com May 8, 2013 9:32PM
Updated: May 8, 2013 10:24PM
NEW YORK -- The White Sox went out of character and strung together some hits -- a season-high four in a three-run third and three in a row to produce another run in the seventh in a 6-3 victory against the New York Mets on Wednesday night.
The American League’s worst offense woke up by matching their season high with 13 hits, giving Jake Peavy a quick 1-0 lead when Alejandro De Aza led off the game with his sixth homer and providing the right-hander a three-run cushion in the third. Shortstop Alexei Ramirez made two diving stops behind Peavy (4-1, 3.03 ERA), one starting an inning-ending double play.
Alex Rios, who was batting .172 over his last 15 games, broke out with a single, double, home run and two RBI. The Sox (14-18), who were held to one hit the night before by Matt Harvey, bounced back with eight against Mets starter Jeremy Heffner (0-4).
The Sox finished a three-city road trip with a 4-4 record. They are off on Thursday before hosting the Los Angeles Angels at U.S. Cellular Field this weekend.
Peavy, making his first start since April 26, held the Mets (13-17) to three hits before leaving with two outs in the seventh inning. He threw 114 pitches after he missed a turn in Texas on Thursday because of back spasms. Peavy allowed one run on three hits and two walks. He struck out six.
De Aza was the Sox spark plug, belting a homer tright in the first and bunting for a single to start a rally in the third. Ramirez followed the bunt hit with an infield single, and Rios doubled to right center to score De Aza. Conor Gillaspie (2-for-4), batting cleanup with Adam Dunn getting a day off, blooped a double to center to score Ramirez and Rios.
Rios, Gillaspie and Konerko singled in succession in the seventh to give the Sox a 5-1 lead.
Jesse Crain struck out the side in the eighth, including cleanup batter Lucas Duda as the tying run at the plate to preserve a three-run lead.
Closer Addison Reed gave up a run in the ninth in a non-save situation.