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Peavy Holds Nats To Three Hits, Throws 1-0 Shutout Win

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Jake Peavy had his best outing in a Chicago White Sox uniform, as the right-hander tossed the fourth shutout of his career in a slim 1-0 victory over the Washington Nationals.

Peavy (6-5), whose earned-run average is still a robust 5.07, retired 20 straight hitters going into the ninth and survived a leadoff walk in the final frame to pick up his first shutout since August 23, 2005.

The former National League Cy Young Award winner allowed just three hits and two walks while fanning seven for the Sox, winners of five straight and nine of 10 overall.

Carlos Quentin drove in Omar Vizquel for the game’s only run.

J.D. Martin (0-3), in his fourth start since being recalled to the majors, was the hard luck loser, giving up one run on eight hits with no walks and six strikeouts through six innings in Washington’s fifth straight loss.

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Peavy To Make Up His Missed Start

(Sports Network) – The Chicago White Sox shoot for their fifth straight win Saturday afternoon in the continuation of a three-game series against the Washington Nationals in DC.

The White Sox were able get by Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg and recorded a 2-1 victory in last night’s series opener. Strasburg hurled seven innings of one-run ball and struck out 10 batters in the no-decision, while Alex Rios’ infield single off of Drew Storen in the 11th inning was the game-winner.

“Every time you do something like that to win a game it’s unbelievable,” Rios said. “We played a good game. We just battled.”

Rios ended with a game-high two RBI and Gavin Floyd held Washington’s bats in check by allowing just one run on four hits over eight innings. Floyd fanned five in the no-decision and J.J. Putz collected the win with a perfect 10th inning. Bobby Jenks got his 14th save in the bottom of the 11th.

Chicago has won eight of nine games overall and sits 5 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the AL Central lead. It is also 6-1 on a nine-game road trip.

Jake Peavy has won two of his last three trips to the mound and will make his 14th start of the season for the Pale Hose this afternoon. Peavy has tossed seven innings of two-run ball in back-to-back starts and defeated the Chicago Cubs on the road his last time out on June 11.

Peavy allowed six hits, struck out five Cubs batters and issued one walk to improve to 5-5 with a 5.62 ERA this season. The right-hander and 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner with San Diego has faced Washington nine times in his career — all starts — and is 2-4 with a 4.18 ERA.

In other Chicago news, third base prospect and young Cuban Dayan Viciedo is expected to make his major league debut Saturday. Viciedo inked a four-year, $10 million deal before the 2009 season and hit .290 with 14 home runs and 39 RBI in 62 games at the Triple-A level. He also had a .525 slugging percentage for the Charlotte Knights.

Adam Dunn drove in the lone run for the Nationals last night and Strasburg continued to amaze at the major league level. Strasburg has struck out at least eight batters in each of his three appearances and has given up only one run in both of his previous two starts.

Strasburg set the mark for most strikeouts through his first three games with 32. J.R. Richard held the old mark with 29 for Houston in 1971.

“It wasn’t a goal of mine, it’s never going to be a goal of mine,” Strasburg said. “My goal is to go out there and help the team win. It’s all about wins and losses at this level. You can go out there and strike everybody out, but at the end of the day if you don’t keep your team in striking distance then what does that all mean?”

Washington has lost four in a row and six of its last seven games, and will send winless starter J.D. Martin to the mound this afternoon. Martin is 0-2 with a 4.19 ERA in only three starts this season.

In last Saturday’s 7-1 loss at Cleveland, Martin had an outing to forget and allowed seven runs — six earned — on nine hits in a career-high 7 2/3 innings on the mound. The right-hander hopes to bounce back today in his first appearance against the White Sox.

Martin is still trying to earn a permanent spot in the rotation or as a long reliever out of the bullpen.

These two teams have not met since 2004 when the Washington franchise was still located in Montreal. The Expos took two of three in that set and also claimed two of three the previous time they met in 2002.

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Sox Beat Nationals In 11; Strasburg Sets Strikeout Record

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Stephen Strasburg fanned 10 more batters and set a major league record in the process, but an infield single by Alex Rios scored Mark Kotsay with the go-ahead run in the 11th inning as the Chicago White Sox squeezed past Washington, 2-1, in the opener of a three-game series.

President Barack Obama, a diehard White Sox fan, was on hand to witness history as Strasburg set the mark for most strikeouts through his first three games with 32. J.R. Richard held the old mark with 29 for Houston in 1971.

The 21-year-old Strasburg was removed after seven innings. The powerful right- hander allowed four hits and a run without walking a batter. He threw 85 pitches, 59 for strikes.

White Sox starter Gavin Floyd was also impressive, also yielding four hits and a run, while walking a batter and fanning five over eight innings.

Kotsay came up as a pinch-hitter to start the 11th inning and promptly singled to right field off Drew Storen (2-1). He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Juan Pierre and ran to third on a groundout from Omar Vizquel. Rios then smoked a ball down the left-field line, but third baseman Ryan Zimmerman made a diving stop. The throw across the diamond though was barely over the glove of first baseman Adam Dunn as the go-ahead run came to the plate.

J.J. Putz (2-2) retired the side in order in the 10th for the win, and Bobby Jenks did the same in the 11th for his 14th save.

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White Sox Meet Strasburg, Strasburg Meets White Sox

(Sports Network) - Stephen Strasburg makes his third big league start this evening when the Washington Nationals open a three-game interleague set with the Chicago White Sox at Nationals Park.

After an eye-popping debut that saw him strike out 14 batters in a win over the Pirates, the right-handed flame thrower beat the Indians on Sunday. Strasburg fanned eight while allowing a run and two hits over 5 1/3 innings. in that one before being lifted after walking consecutive batters to load the bases in the sixth.

Strasburg, whose remarkable start garnered him NL Player of the Week honors, is 2-0 with a 2.19 earned run average and has struck out 22 batters in just 12 1/3 innings. He will once again be on a fairly strict pitch count that manager Jim Riggleman said should be around the 100-pitch mark.

Washington could certainly use another big start from its 21-year-old phenom tonight, as it enters tonight's tilt on the heels of being swept by the Detroit Tigers following Thursday's 8-3 setback at Comerica Park.

Adam Dunn had a solo homer and RBI single for the Nationals, who have lost five of their last six after winning three in a row. Cristian Guzman added two hits, including a run-scoring single.

"When your record is what it is, that's who you are," Riggleman said about the team's struggles. "There's plenty of time to straighten that record out and play better baseball."

Luis Atilano (5-4), who brought a 4-1 record in six road starts this season into the contest, was roughed up for nine hits and five runs in 4 1/3 innings of work.

Chicago, meanwhile, will be a good test for Strasburg tonight, as it comes into this series red-hot, winning seven of its last eight and outscoring its opponents 48-20 in that time.

The White Sox completed a three-game sweep of the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, as Juan Pierrehad two hits, scored twice and drove in a run in support of Mark Buehrle, helping Chicago to a 5-4 win.

Omar Vizquel and Carlos Quentin each had two hits, scored once and added a run batted in for the surging White Sox, who are still 6 1/2 games back of the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central.

Buehrle (5-6) worked a sturdy 7 1/3 innings, yielding two runs on six hits while issuing one walk and striking out six to become the winningest pitcher in interleague history with 22 victories.

Bobby Jenks worked a perfect ninth to earn his 13th save, as Chicago knocked off the Pirates for the eighth time in the last nine meetings.

Tonight the White Sox turn to righty Gavin Floyd, who was brilliant against the Cubs on Sunday, but came away a loser in the 1-0 decision. Floyd surrendered just one run and three hits in eight innings, but still lost his third straight decision, dropping him to 2-7 to go along with a 5.64 ERA.

Floyd is 1-1 in four games (two starts) against Washington with a 4.74 ERA.

These two teams have not met since 2004 when the Washington franchise was still located in Montreal. The Expos took two of three in that set and also claimed two of three the previous time they met in 2002.

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