Jake Peavy came within two outs of a shutout, but couldn't finish the job. Dewayne Wise and Conor Gillaspie, though picked him up.
After Peavy allowed a game-tying solo home run to Miami second baseman Derek Dietrich in the ninth, Wise doubled and Gillaspie singled, scoring Wise and netting the White Sox a 2-1 win over the Marlins in front of 23,705 at U.S. Cellular Field.
"Listen, this is the big leagues and I can promise you this: It’s not easy to win a big league game, and you just saw it tonight," Peavy said. "I was very impressed. I know they haven’t had a lot of success so far. I was very impressed with the at-bats I watched."
Peavy was outstanding in his first start since walking five against the Angels, spinning a complete game and nearly landing a shutout. He kept Miami off balance all game, with the only blemish Dietrich's home run.
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But the White Sox didn't waste any time after Dietrich's home run. Wise laced the third pitch he saw inside the left field line for a double, and Gillaspie served the first pitch he saw into left for the game-winning single. Third base coach Joe McEwing didn't hesitate to wave Wise home on the arm of ex-Sox outfielder Juan Pierre, whose throw came in late and off target.
"I was actually thinking pull there and obviously that's a situation where I should be looking to hit the ball on the right side," the left-handed Gillaspie explained of his goal to at least move Wise over. "It's just one of those things that happened that way tonight. I guess you could say it's a little bit of luck, too. It was a good pitch to hit and I think maybe because I was thinking pull it kind of shortened me up a little bit. I just kind of slapped at it but I was ready to hit early to try to get him over. It was a good pitch to hit."
Peavy didn't get much support from his offense, as Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco kept his team within striking distance by allowing one run over 7 2/3 innings of work.
The lone Sox run off Nolasco came in the third, when Alexei Ramirez laced a double into the left field corner to score Alejandro De Aza from first base. Pierre bobbled the ball in the corner, although it was unlikely Pierre -- who doesn't have a strong arm -- would've been able to throw De Aza out at home plate.
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Still, with the way Peavy pitched, one run looked like it was all he was going to need. Instead, he needed two, and Wise and Gillaspie quickly delivered it.
The win was the eighth in 11 games for the White Sox.
"You hope to win those if you go nine and give up one," Peavy said. "I was excited that we found a way as a team to get it down. I promise you I don’t know if I would have saw you guys (the media) in the morning before I went to sleep on that if we lost that ballgame. It would have been tough to go home on that. Like I said it worked out in our favor. Hopefully it will give us some momentum."