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By NOEY KUPCHAN
(AP) -- The Chicago White Sox pulled out a rare win their last time out behind Alex Rios' clutch display at the plate.
They seem to have a good chance of salvaging a four-game split against the Cleveland Indians with Jake Peavy taking the hill Wednesday night at Progressive Field.
After getting swept in Monday's day-night doubleheader, the White Sox (14-17) posted their fourth victory in 15 games Tuesday with a 5-3, 10-inning win. Mired in an 8-for-47 (.170) slump over his previous 12 games, Rios broke out by going 3 for 4 with a go-ahead triple in the 10th.
"I was just trying to hit the ball hard somewhere and it worked out pretty good," said Rios, batting .370 over his last eight games in Cleveland.
Peavy (3-1,1.99 ERA), who's received an average of just 2.81 runs of support over his last three starts, would surely love to see Rios' momentum carry over.
After a couple of injury-plagued campaigns in Chicago, it's safe to say Peavy is finally living up to expectations. Six days after allowing four hits while recording his second consecutive complete game in a 1-0 loss to Boston, the 2007 NL Cy Young winner gave up three runs over 7 2-3 innings of Friday's 5-4 walk-off loss at Detroit.
Holding opponents to a .177 average, Peavy has thrown at least 107 pitches in four consecutive starts. His 122 pitches against the Tigers matched his highest total since May 17, 2009.
While his numbers leave little to be desired, a heavy workload has some concerned about how the oft-injured right-hander will hold up as the season wears on.
"I'm going to be sore, there's no doubt about it," Peavy, who skipped this week's normal bullpen session, told the team's official website. "But I felt good enough to finish the inning. I wanted to finish the inning. It's a non-issue with our coaching staff and training staff. I feel the way I feel."
Peavy had gone 1-3 with a 5.00 ERA over his first six starts against the Indians before throwing a three-hitter with eight strikeouts in a 1-0 win May 18.
Shin-Soo Choo and Asdrubal Cabrera are a combined 9 for 24 (.375) lifetime against Peavy, each taking him deep once.
Winner of six of eight, Cleveland (17-12) tied Tuesday's game with a three-run, eighth-inning rally before closer Chris Perez gave up the winning runs. Perez had allowed just one run over his previous 13 appearances spanning 12 innings.
"This is baseball. I was never going to give up another run again? Come on," he said. "It's baseball. I gave up two hits. We lost, It stinks, especially after we battled back. What are you going to do?"
The Indians look to bounce back behind Jeanmar Gomez (2-1, 2.82), who's also impressed early this season. The right-hander is coming off his second victory, throwing seven innings of three-run ball during Friday's 6-3 win over Texas.
"Gomez was terrific against such a great lineup," manager Manny Acta said.
Gomez, who struck out three over two scoreless innings of relief against the White Sox in his season debut, won both his career starts in this series last season while compiling a 2.25 ERA.
Updated May 9, 2012