Konerko, De Aza homers give Sox 3-1 win over Indians
By DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Sun-Times Media April 14, 2013 2:32PM
Chicago White Sox's Alejandro De Aza watches his solo home run off Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Vinnie Pestano in the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday April 14, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Updated: April 14, 2013 8:53PM
CLEVELAND -- Jake Peavy pitched seven strong innings, and Paul Konerko and Alejandro De Aza hit home runs to give the White Sox a 3-1 victory against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.
Konerko’s two-out, two-run homer in the sixth inning against Brett Myers provided a lead and De Aza homered in the eighth against Vinnie Pestano.
Addison Reed pitched a scoreless ninth for his fourth save in as many chances.
The result snapped a five-game losing streak for the Sox, all on their road trip that started in Washington. The trip concludes with four games in Toronto starting Monday.
After giving up a leadoff homer to Michael Bourn in the first, Peavy (2-1) was at the top of his game through seven innings, striking out 11 and walking none while giving four singles.
Konerko’s homer came after the Sox (5-7) had put the leadoff man on base four straight times without scoring. In the sixth, Jeff Keppinger reached on an infield error but was wiped out by Alex Rios’ double play ground ball. After Adam Dunn walked, Konerko hit a 3-1 pitch from Myers into the left field seats for his second homer of the season.
Keppinger and Rios singled to open the fourth inning, putting runners on first and second with no outs. But Dunn struck out, Konerko flied out to right and Dayan Viciedo flied to short left to kill the inning.