Defense plays significant role in Sox victory

Defense plays significant role in Sox victory
May 8, 2013, 11:00 pm
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NEW YORK -- The White Sox defense delivered a huge dose of help to Jake Peavy on Wednesday night and he couldn’t contain himself.

Peavy was so fired up after Alexei Ramirez turned in a gem in the fourth inning he offered his shortstop a fist-pump as they walked into the dugout.

Ramirez made a diving stop on a John Buck grounder to start an inning-ending double play, one of three Gold Glove-worthy plays delivered by the White Sox in a 6-3 win over the New York Mets.

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“When balls just tip off gloves and you are going from in the dugout to possibly first and third with one out, that’s a big difference,” Peavy said. “It seemed like we had a nice comfortable lead there, but it was only 4-1. One swing of the bat they are right back in it or even tied.”

Moments after Lucas Duda tied the game with a second-inning solo homer, Ike Davis appeared as if he might put the Mets ahead with a big drive to center field. But Dewayne Wise raced to the track and hauled it in before he slammed into the fence to rob Davis.

Ramirez also stole a first-inning hit away from Jordany Valdespin.

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Although Alex Rios committed an eighth-inning error, the team’s 22nd in 32 games, the overall effort was a nice reprieve from a difficult start to the season. Manager Robin Ventura said his staff will continue to stress just how important defense will be to this team’s bottom line.

“You’re going to have to limit the other team and if you don’t play defense you’re going to lose games and tonight we played pretty good defense,” Ventura said. “Alexei’s covering a lot of ground, even Wise is covering a lot of ground. It’s important to us. If we don’t do it, we’re not as good of a team.”