Peavy, ChiSox hand Detroit costly loss
Jake Peavy joined the White Sox so he could pitch in the playoffs. Since Chicago has already been eliminated, he settled for the next best thing Friday night.
He beat the Detroit Tigers, who are trying to win a division title.
The White Sox managed only two hits off Detroit starter Eddie Bonine - one a homer by Gordon Beckman in the sixth to break up his no-hit bid - and Chicago beat the Tigers 2-0.
The loss, coupled with Minnesota's 9-4 win over Kansas City, reduced first-place Detroit's lead over the Twins in the AL Central to two games.
"If somebody would have told me that Eddie Bonine would pitch that far into the game and give up two hits, I'd have said we would have won. But we didn't," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.
"It's very simple. You've got to win enough games if you want to win the division. We just won four straight. We come in tonight and got shut out. You turn the page."
In his second start with Chicago since being acquired from San Diego on July 31, Peavy (2-0) allowed six hits in seven strong innings with two walks and eight strikeouts. The 2007 NL Cy Young winner spent three months on the disabled list with an ankle injury and his return was slowed when he was hit in the elbow by a line drive during a minor league rehab game.
"Their guy was awfully good, as well," Peavy said. "That's a good team, fighting for the playoffs. It was fun to pitch with something on the line."
Bonine (0-1), in his fourth stint with Detroit this season, didn't allow a hit until Beckham's two-run homer with two outs in the sixth followed a costly error on third baseman Brandon Inge.
"It's a tough loss for the ballclub. We needed a win. It was just one of those days," Bonine said.
And he was aware he hadn't given up a hit.
"Fourth, fifth inning, I'm like, 'Whatever, I don't think they have a hit.' I wasn't trying to pitch any different," he said. "I'd rather give up five and win 7-5."
But he threw what he described as a changeup to Beckham and quickly his no-hitter and the scoreless tie were over.
"I had conviction on the pitch. It got more of the plate than I wanted it to, but he could have rolled over on it. He put a good swing on it and hit the ball well," Bonine said.
With one out, Alex Rios reached when Inge bobbled his grounder and threw late to first - only the second error by the Tigers in the last 22 games.
After Scott Podsednik was thrown out when Bonine deflected his grounder to second baseman Placido Polanco, Beckham drove his 14th homer to deep left to give Chicago a 2-0 lead.
"I feel so bad. Beckham wouldn't even have come to the plate if I hadn't made that stupid error. I'll take responsibility for that one. I'll wear that one," Inge said. "Plain and simple, I just misplayed it."
One night earlier, Inge made a nice diving catch of a line drive to end the Tigers' victory over the Indians.
"That's the beautiful and the miserable thing about baseball, I guess," he added.
Matt Thornton worked the ninth for his second save.
Bonine went 6 2-3 innings, leaving after walking Jermaine Dye and giving up a single to Carlos Quentin.
The White Sox, the defending AL Central champions, were eliminated Thursday night when the Tigers beat Cleveland.
"I mean we're out, but we have to play important games against Detroit," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "As long as we play Detroit, we owe respect to Minnesota and baseball and we're going to put the best we can out there."
Bonine was making his third start of the season. He got a no-decision against the White Sox in July, pitching six innings and giving up seven hits and three runs.
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