Peavy ends losing streak as Sox down Jays

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Peavy ends losing streak as Sox down Jays

The boys finally gave Jake Peavy some run support.

Peavy snapped a four-start losing streak Friday, allowing one run on five hits over 7 13 innings. But unlike his previous four starts -- in which the White Sox scored a grand total of two runs -- Peavy received three runs of support in the fifth, and the Sox went on to beat Toronto 4-2.

Toronto got off to a good start against Peavy, with Brett Lawrie and Jose Bautista singling to put two on with one out. But the Blue Jays attempted a double steal on a 3-2 offering to Edwin Encarnacion, who struck out and Bautista was thrown out to end the threat.

Adam Lind homered to lead off the second for Toronto, their only tally of the game. Through three innings, Peavy had thrown 56 pitches.

Peavy battled back, though, and held Toronto scoreless in five straight frames before being pulled with one out in the eighth. He threw 115 pitches, striking out seven with two walks and lowering his season ERA to 2.85 in the process.

The Sox rallied in the fifth, with Dayan Viciedo leading the inning off with a double. He was brought home on a single by Alexei Ramirez, who advanced to third on a throwing error by Blue Jays left fielder Rajai Davis. He scored on a bloop single by Gordon Beckham, who advanced to second on another error and later scored on a Kevin Youkilis single. For Youkilis, it was his 11th RBI in 11 games since joining the White Sox.

A solo home run by A.J. Pierzynski in the sixth increased the Sox lead to 4-1, where it stayed through the end of the game. Pierzynski's blast was No. 16 on the season, leaving him only two shy of his career high with only a pair of games left until the All-Star break.

Pitching for the third consecutive day, Addison Reed allowed one run in the ninth but earned his 13th save of the season.

The win was the fourth straight by the White Sox, who now sit three games ahead of Cleveland and 4 12 ahead of Detroit, which moved to to .500 for the first time since May 15. And with the win, played in front of an announced crowd of 27,129, the White Sox will enter the All-Star break in first place.

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

Brett Lawrie and Avisail Garcia will both return to the White Sox in 2017.

The team announced it reached deals with both players shortly before Friday’s 7 p.m. CST nontender deadline. Lawrie will earn $3.5 million next season and Garcia received a one-year deal for $3 million.

The club didn’t tender a contract to right-handed pitcher Blake Smith, which leaves its 40-man roster at 38.

Acquired last December for a pair of minor leaguers, Lawrie hit .248/.310/.413 with 12 home runs, 22 doubles and 36 RBIs in 94 games before he suffered a season-ending injury.

Lawrie produced 0.9 f-WAR when he suffered what then-manager Robin Ventura described a “tricky” injury on July 21. Despite numerous tests and a lengthy rehab, Lawrie never returned to the field and was frustrated by the experience. Last month, Lawrie tweeted that he believes the cause of his injury was wearing orthotics for the first time in his career.

He was projected to earn $5.1 million, according to MLBTraderumors.com and earned $4.125 million in 2016.

Garcia hit .245/.307/.385 with 12 homers and 51 RBIs in 453 plate appearances over 120 games. The projected salary for Garcia, arb-eligible for the first time, was $3.4 million.

The team also offered contracts to Miguel Gonzalez and Todd Frazier, who are eligible for free agency in 2018, first baseman Jose Abreu and relievers Dan Jennings, Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka, among others.

The White Sox have until mid-January to reach an agreement with their arbitration-eligible players. If they haven’t, both sides submit figures for arbitration cases, which are then heard throughout February.

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti cracks Crain's 40 under 40

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti cracks Crain's 40 under 40

Crain's Chicago Business released its latest 40 under 40 project and White Sox announcer Jason Benetti made this year's list.

The 33-year-old just finished his first season with the White Sox as play-by-play announcer, working the home games at U.S. Cellular Field (before it was renamed Guaranteed Rate Field last month) alongside Steve Stone as longtime broadcaster Hawk Harrelson saw his workload reduced to mostly road games.

Benetti quickly became a fan favorite among Chicagoans on CSN and other networks in 2016 and his cerebral palsy became more of a backstory, with his work alongside Stone and his affable sense of humor taking center stage instead.

Among other topics, Benetti discussed how he approaches his job of broadcasting for the team he grew up rooting for:

Law school taught me that there are always two sides of the argument. I see it from the Sox prism, but I can’t believe in my heart of hearts that, if the Sox lose, the world’s over anymore. That first game, I was like, “All right, it’s just a game.” And then Avi Garcia hits a homer late in the game against the Indians and I call it like I would call it with a little more. And as the ball cleared the fence, when it was rolling around, I got a slight tear in my eye. And I was like, “What’s that?”

Check out the entire interview with Benetti and the full list at ChicagoBusiness.com.