Sox, Peavy blow chances in opener

DETROIT -- The White Sox's loss on Friday night will not be remembered as a pivotal game if they can salvage at least one of the next two in this series. Although the Tigers didn’t play well, the White Sox let them off of the hook in the first seven innings stranding 10 base runners and hitting an abysmal 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

The Tigers have now won five straight games against the Sox and eight of 12 in the season series. As for starter Jake Peavy, the innings may be taking a toll on his overall game .The veteran pitcher had six days off between starts and still struggled with his stuff.

“I battled all night,” Peavy said. “It’s not like I found something in the sixth inning (his only 1-2-3 inning). I made better pitches than I did in the seventh. I just didn’t have much stuff.”

Peavy has gone into a uncharted zone now, having thrown 181 innings this season, the most he has thrown since winning the Cy Young award with the Padres in 2007.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura refused to call this series a crucial or pivotal one.

“We have a lot of games left,” Ventura said. “We will regroup.”

The Tigers cut the White Sox’s lead in the AL Central to two games with the 7-4 victory Friday. Peavy, for one, feels it is essential to make a statement this series.

“Every game here out is a big game,” Peavy said. “We just have a month left with just a couple-game lead. Of course (these) are meaningful games, but we also have a long way to go. One game is not going to make us or break us.”

Both Kevin Youkilis and Gordon Beckham got some bumps and bruises Friday. Beckham was hit by a pitch on the right hand and Youkilis had a ground ball go off his hand, ripping a nail off. Both are expected to play on Saturday.