Jake Peavy wasn’t the only one on top of his game Thursday afternoon.
For the second time in two weeks, the White Sox knocked around Justin Verlander in a 7-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field.
The White Sox got to Verlander early and often as they beat him in consecutive starts for the first time since 2008. Highlighted by four two-out hits, the win also helped the White Sox avoid their first four-game sweep at the hands of the Tigers since August 1988.
“Once you get a couple two-out hits, you score some runs, it just picks you up in a different way,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “If you don't pick up those runs, you can kind of let your mind go the other way where it's not going to happen. You get a couple two-out hits that are big and you go from there.”
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The effort began in the first inning with two-out RBI singles by Paul Konerko and Jeff Keppinger.
Tyler Flowers then doubled in a run in the fourth to break a 2-all tie.
Alexei Ramirez singled in two more runs with two outs in the fourth inning and Alex Rios plated another with a single to make it 6-2.
Flowers finished the onslaught with a solo homer to left off Verlander (10-8) as the White Sox produced seven runs on 11 hits against him.
Verlander is 0-2 with an 8.31 ERA against the White Sox in two starts this season. He went 12-1 with a 2.23 ERA from 2009-12.
“We don’t get those two-out hits like Alexei and Rios, even Paulie in the first, big two-out hits, big efforts by the boys, to come back and win a game we needed to,” Peavy said. “And not getting swept was big, especially beating (Verlander).”