Jake Peavy pitched seven-plus innings of four-hit ball, and the Chicago White Sox tagged former American League Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander for 11 hits in six innings Thursday to seize a 7-4 win and avert a four-game sweep.
Peavy, pitching in front of several scouts with Wednesday’s non-waiver trading deadline approaching, retired 12 of 14 batters before allowing a solo home run to Victor Martinez in the seventh.
Peavy was pulled after Brayan Pena hit a solo home run to start the eighth and waved his right hand to a crowd of 30,348 sensing this might be his final start in a Sox uniform.
With two out in the first, Paul Konerko hit a soft single to score Ramirez, who earlier had stolen his career high 21st stolen base.
Jeff Keppinger followed with an RBI single that skipped past right fielder Torii Hunter to score Adam Dunn. But third base coach Joe McEwing unwisely waved Konerko toward home, and Konerko was thrown out by plenty.
Flowers hit a solo homer off Verlander in the sixth.
Peavy, pitching in front of representatives from Boston, Oakland, Arizona and Texas, didn’t allow a hit through the first three innings. But in the fourth, Austin Jackson hit a single, and Hunter followed with a two-run home run over the center field fence.
Addison Reed pitched a scoreless ninth for his 26th save