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Peavy, bench give Sox 5-4 victory

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Jake Peavy is about as close to no maintenance as it can get for a manager.
The veteran White Sox righthander and former Cy Young Award winner doesn't need instruction on how to attack hitters when he doesn't have his best stuff.
He is the sure-handed extra glove a defense craves because he is a Gold Glove winner.
And if things get rocky, he is likely to be the one who finds a smooth air lane for the team.
``I don't know if there's a day you just take off [as a manager], and every day is different,'' Robin Ventura said as Peavy and the Sox won their third straight with a 5-4 victory over Tampa Bay. ``But you feel confident when a guy like Jake goes out.
``He is in control and he's done it a lot in his career, managing games and getting through them sometimes without his best stuff. You know you're getting a competitor.''
Peavy was sound with the glove in the second, covering first base after James Loney doubled and took third on the out, then striking out Jose Molina to end the inning.
No one could get to Matt Joyce's ball that sailed out in the third, or to Evan Longoria's homer leading the two-run fourth.
But homers worked in Peavy's favor, too, with Hector Gimenez (first career) and Tyler Greene's two-run homer (first) off Roberto Hernandez (1-4) lifting the Sox back from a 3-0 hole.
``When you fall behind 3-0, you know you have your work cut out, but on the other hand, what better way for the team to show character,'' said Peavy, who worked 6 2/3 innings of six-hit ball with one walk and six strikeouts.
``As bad as things have gone early, with the bad (3-7) road trip, you have to give us credit. This club isn't panicking.''
Gratifying, too, was how the bench players came through.
``The biggest thing for us is we have to use our whole team,'' Peavy said. ``We're not Detroit. We have to have contributions from everybody.''
That was Ventura's assessment as well, seeing the season ahead in what played out.
``You give Hector some at bats and he's done a great job behind the plate--and then Conor and Tyler, who's homer got us ahead,'' Ventura said. ``It's nice to get it from guys who get a shot. It's a big boost.''
The game marked the first time the team had scored five or more runs in back to back games and was the first multi-homer game of the season.
The bullpen delivered again, it's ERA down to 2.11 with opponents hitting only .189.
Closer Addison Reed did go through an extended ninth in his third straight outing before notching his eighth save.
Jose Molina's long drive that hit near the top of the center field wall prompted a review before umpires ruled it not a homer but a double. Molina scored on Joyce's two-out single. Ryan Roberts walked before Reed struck out Ben Zobrist to end the game.
``It's a job that's pass-fail,'' Ventura said of the closer role. ``Tonight it was pass.
``It's hard to have him get in that situation and not let him get out of it,'' Ventura said of staying with his young pitcher. ``There might be times you find if he's had a lot [of appearances] in a row you go with someone else, but the job is his.''
That's how Reed wants it.
``Everything felt the same as the two other days,'' he said. ``I want to be out there every day. If it's a save opportunity tomorrow, I want to be out there.''

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