White Sox Get 13 Hits in Win over Mets

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By Mark Gonzales, Chicago Tribune reporter11:01 p.m. CDT, May 8, 2013

NEW YORK — There was no music blaring in the White Sox’s clubhouse Wednesday night despite a breakout performance by their stagnant offense.

The Sox weren’t celebrating but were certainly pleased, even if all the hits weren’t line drives.

“A hit is a hit,” Dewayne Wise said after the Sox equaled their season-high 13 hits with an array of bloop hits, soft singles and two home runs to beat the Mets 6-3 at Citi Field.

“You take it as it is. There weren’t many hard hits, but we got a couple balls to fall in, and hopefully that’s something we can build on and go home for three games with (the Angels) and hopefully we can get some wins.”

With a revamped lineup that included Alexei Ramirez in the second spot and Conor Gillaspie batting cleanup for the first time, the Sox — who entered Wednesday’s game with a major league-low .223 batting average — provided plenty of support for Jake Peavy (4-1), who showed no signs of back spasms that caused him to miss a start last week.

The Sox’s first four hitters went 9-for-19 with six runs and five RBIs. That included four consecutive hits in the third, setting a season high for most consecutive hits in an inning.

Alex Rios, who hit an RBI double in the third, capped his three-hit, three-run performance with a solo home run in the ninth.

Gillaspie snapped out of a 1-for-13 slump with two hits, including a two-run bloop double in the third. Alejandro De Aza had three hits, including his sixth homer to start the game.

“Getting one early is nice, but having the three-run inning — that’s the one that makes you feel good,” manager Robin Ventura said.

The production occurred without second baseman Jeff Keppinger and Adam Dunn, each of whom was 4-for-26. But Ventura said he merely wanted to give each player a rest heading into Thursday’s day off.

Although Rios committed the Sox’s 22nd error, which led to a run in the eighth, the Sox’s defense played one its best games. Wise ran far and crashed into the center-field wall after catching a long drive by Ike Davis in the second.

Shortstop Alexei Ramirez made two impressive stops to rob John Buck of hits in the second and fourth.

“That’s what we did last year,” Peavy said. “We made the plays we were supposed to make, made the outstanding plays from time to time, and got some timely hitting.”

Wise was just as complimentary of Peavy pitching with a quick tempo.

“You’ve got a guy out there who is in rhythm, and you play better like that,” Wise said. “It’s like when Mark Buehrle is pitching.”

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