CLEVELAND -- Jake Peavy got some early run support, and the White Sox right-hander was grateful.
"The team played outstanding tonight. They swung the bats,'' Peavy said after improving to 4-1 with the White Sox 8-1 victory against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night. "It's big when you get runs early. You come out being aggressive when you get those first two and then they put a lot on the board and you try to throw strikes.''
Adam Dunn launched a 425-foot, two-run homer in the first inning, and the Sox erupted for six more runs in the fourth to gain a split of their four-game series with the American League Central leaders. Dunn has 10 homers, one short of his 2011 total, and he has gone deep six times in his last 11 games.
Peavy pitched seven innings, allowing seven hits and one walk while striking out five. The Indians got their run in the seventh.
"I got a little stiff there after six [after sitting for an extended time] and had trouble getting back loose there for the seventh,'' Peavy said. "But yeah, pretty clean. Like you said, you have 30-something [starts] like that, it would be a perfect world.
"It's a good team over there, a very tough team against a right-handed starter. But [catcher] A.J. [Pierzynski] battled and the team played outstanding behind me.''
The American League Pitcher of the Month for April, Peavy lowered his ERA to 1.89 while collecting his first victory since April 23. He is three wins shy of his total for last season. For manager Robin Ventura, Peavy's performances are becoming routine.
"For me, this is what I'm seeing,'' Ventura said. "I've seen this before so again, he's been everything you can ask for.
"Guys came out swinging and Jake, it's the same for him. He's been impressive and there's not much more I can say about him because he's done everything. He's professional. He gives us a lot of energy every time he pitches. And a game like today the offense breaks through, gets guys on and get them early and consistently get those hits with guys on is something that's been building for a while.''
The Sox are off Thursday before opening a homestand against the Royals on Friday. The Tigers play at U.S. Cellular Field on Monday and Tuesday. Peavy will face the Tigers on Tuesday.
"Just good for us to come back and get these two wins after losing the doubleheader and getting back and pushing it toward .500,'' Peavy said. "You gotta beat the team in first place in your division. Good win and a good off-day and we gotta regroup and beat another division opponent Friday.''
Though it may not have been evident from the results, Peavy did it without his best stuff.
"I didn't have great stuff but I was able to pitch. I didn't have an easy start by any means but a start where you can be aggressive and throw a lot of strikes and not have to really work hard. It was nice. And having the extra day, I don't know. I promise you I'm worried about the start against Detroit on Tuesday night and I'll do everything I can do to get back at them.
"It's going to be a tough challenge being the third time I've faced that team. I gotta make a lot of good pitches and I'm looking forward to doing that.''