Peavy: Feeling better the last two starts

BOSTON -- Pitcher Jake Peavy admitted Sunday night in Los Angeles that he probably came back too fast from the rib cage fracture that sidelined him for 46 days. Peavy returned to pitch for the White Sox on July 20, just 11 days before the trading deadline deal in which the Sox acquired him in a three-way deal with Detroit and Chicago that cost them shortstop Jose Iglesias.

He is 2-1 with a 3.31 ERA after beating the Dodgers on Sunday night, 8-1, on a complete-game, three-hitter.

“I kind of rushed back from the injury," he said Sunday night. “Obviously the trade deadline was pressing.

“But I do think I’m hitting my stride, endurance-wise. I’m able to hold my stuff. My velocity, I’m not anywhere close to worried about that. But I did see a decline in [my stuff] in Kansas City, there and Toronto, I felt the same way. But I felt fine [the last two starts]. I’ve been working hard to hold my stuff, and it’s encouraging."

The complete game was the second of the season for Peavy, who also had one for the White Sox, and the 12th of his career.

“It meant something to me to finish it, and it gave the guys in the bullpen a few days off," he said. “Obviously we had a little breathing room, and I appreciate John [Farrell] giving me the opportunity."

The Dodgers had just three hits off Peavy, one a home run by Adrian Gonzalez, his former teammate in San Diego who connected on the one-year anniversary of the trade that sent him from Boston to Los Angeles.

The home run was the second by Gonzalez off Peavy. The first came on May 30, 2011, when Gonzalez played for the Red Sox and took Peavy deep in the first inning in a game Peavy would win for the White Sox, 7-3.

“I don’t like pitching to Gonzalez," Peavy said. “He’s extremely, extremely good."

Gonzalez hit an 0-and-2 pitch over the center-field fence for his 17th home run of the season in the fourth inning Sunday.

“That can’t happen on 0-and-2," Peavy said. “I’ve got to make a better pitch there. I tried to change his eye level, but I wanted the ball way higher than it was."

After the game, Peavy sported an icepack on his right thumb, the result of being jammed on a fastball by Dodgers reliever Carlos Marmol, the former Cubs closer.

“I was sitting on a slider," Peavy said. “Watching him crosstown for years, I’ve seen him throw a bunch of sliders, and I thought he’d throw me one with a runner in scoring position."

Peavy lined out to Marmol and went 0-for-4 with two line-outs.

Sox pitchers have yet to collect a hit in interleague play on the road, with two games left in Denver against the Rockies on Sept. 25-26. They’re 0-for-21 with 10 strikeouts. Peavy and Jon Lester are both 0-for-6.