Chciago White Sox' pitcher Jake Peavy reaches to shake hands with catcher AJ Pierzynski after throwing a complete game three-hitter to defeat the Cleveland Indians.
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CHICAGO — Jake Peavy pitched a three-hitter in his home debut this season, outdueling Justin Masterson and making Adam Dunn’s sacrifice fly in the first inning stand up to lift the Chicago White Sox to a 1-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.
Peavy (1-0) struck out eight to cool off a Cleveland lineup that scored 31 runs in its three previous games. The 29-year old right-hander had his fifth career shutout and ninth complete game. He only allowed one runner past first base, did not walk a batter and threw 111 pitches. Peavy finished the 2-hour, 1-minute game by striking out Michael Brantley and Asdrubal Cabrera.
Masterson (5-2) pitched his third career complete game. He allowed one run on five hits. He struck out eight with two walks.
Juan Pierre led off the game with a double and advanced to third on 44-year old Omar Vizquel’s single. Dunn then hit a sacrifice fly.
Peavy was making his second start having shoulder surgery 10 months ago. In his first start, he gave up four runs and seven hits over six innings during a 6-4 win in Los Angeles last Wednesday.
The 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner was spectacular in his first appearance at U.S. Cellular Field since July 6, 2010, when he left with detached a muscle in his right shoulder.
Shin-Soo Choo was the only hitter that gave Peavy problems. He was 2 for 4 with two singles. Peavy got Travis Buck to ground out to end the seventh, stranding Choo at second.
In the eighth, Peavy got help from Brent Lillibridge, who made a sliding catch on the left-center warning track to rob Orlando Cabrera of extra bases.
NOTE: Indians DH Travis Hafner was a late scratch with soreness in his right side.