Jake Peavy admitted he wasn't sure what he was feeling in the ninth inning Saturday as he watched his 1-0 lead disappear in one swing of Miami Marlins second baseman Derek Dietrich's bat.
Dietrich's third homer of the season made it a new game with two outs to go, and even after Peavy struck out Marcell Ozuna, he was thinking about the homer.
``I kept thinking that should have been the third out,'' he said.
A walk and a balk followed before Peavy retired the side--then watched teammates Dewayne Wise and Conor Gillaspie team with a double and single for the 2-1 walkoff victory that made it all end well.
``I'm excited we found a way to win because that would have been a tough one to lose,'' said Peavy, who improved to 6-2 in his 14th career complete game and seventh with the Sox.
The victory was the eighth in the last 11 games for the Sox, who moved within one game of .500 at 23-24.
``I'm so happy we got the win and that he got it, too,'' said catcher Hector Gimenez. ``I had to make sure to remind him that he still needed to get the side out [after the homer.] We were having a tough time with signs through the game, and that's what caused him to balk.''
Peavy blamed himself for not executing the back-door breaking ball he had retired Dietrich on earlier.
``We always talk about keeping our composure, but I didn't there,'' he said. ``And we were having a hard time with the signs all night,'' he said of working with Gimenez.
``I had to tell him a couple times my eyes aren't that good any more.''
But manager Robin Venture knew Peavy was good enough overall to stay in.
He checked with his veteran in the ninth, though it was as much to give him a brief breather.
``The ball was still coming out of his hand good,'' Ventura said. ``You like seeing him go back out there. I was just checking to see how he was. I trusted him in that spot.''
Peavy in an interleague game is about as trustworthy as a pitcher can be.
He improved to 15-11 in interleague games with a 2.49 ERA.
In this game, he retired the first 11 of 13 batters he faced and gave up only six hits.
And if age caused him some eye problems with signs, experience came to his aide against the young Marlins.
``You come up with a game plan and take it out against their youth--but talent is talent,'' he added.
``I look at the games they've played and they're in everyone one and they have good starting pitching,'' he said. ``I was impressed with the lineup I saw.
``I didn't feel my best out there tonight, but I had enough to get through and help us win the game.''
The game saw Alex Rios' career-high 18 game hitting streak end, the Sox getting eight hits off starter Ricky Nolasco and only one extra base hit. That was Alexei Ramirez double in the third that scored the first run.
The winning run in the ninth came after Wise had entered as defensive replacement in center field in the top of the inning.
He doubled off Ryan Webb (1-3) and was waved home on Gillaspie's single to short left field.
``I kind of hesitated a little coming around but he [third base coach Joe McEwing] was waving me in,'' said Wise, who easily eluded left fielder Juan Pierre's throw.
Sox win in 9th for Peavy
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