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Peavy-Less Sox Seek Third Straight Over Angels

(Sports Network) - Freddy Garcia tries to continue his amazing success against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim this evening when the Chicago White Sox continue their four-game set against them at U.S. Cellular Field.

Garcia has faced the Angels 24 times and is 14-3 against them with a 2.53 earned run average.

The 33-year-old righty, though, has had success against just about everyone this season and comes into tonight's tilt sporting an 8-3 mark to go along with a 4.65 ERA. He did not get a decision, however, in his last start on Friday in Texas, as he allowed three runs and six hits in six innings of his team's 5-3 win over the Rangers.

While Joe Saunders doesn't have as gaudy numbers against his opponent as his counterpart does, he is in fact unbeaten at U.S. Cellular, going a perfect 3-0 in four starts, while pitching to a superb 1.53 ERA. He is 4-2 lifetime against the White Sox with a 3.11 ERA in seven starts.

Saunders, who is 6-8 on the year with a 4.59 ERA, did not get a decision on Friday against Kansas City, despite surrendering just a run and six hits in eight innings of his team's 2-1 loss.

The White Sox continued to be one of the hottest teams in baseball on Tuesday, as Alex Rios homered and finished with two RBI, helping Chicago to a 4-1 win.

Chicago starting pitcher Jake Peavy left the game in the second inning with a strained back -- more specifically a strained latissimus dorsi muscle -- and was placed on the DL on Wednesday; Jeff Marquez was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte to take his place on the roster. Tony Pena (2-1) replaced Peavy and pitched 4 1/3 solid relief innings, allowing one run on five hits. Andruw Jones belted career homer No. 399 as the White Sox won their third straight game.

"When you throw a pitch and you feel the way I felt during and after that pitch, it's just something you can't go on with," said Peavy, who added that he can't say how long he will be out.

Mike Napoli drove in the only run for the Angels, who dropped Monday's series opener and have now lost four of their last five games overall.

"I think when your offense is struggling, as ours has, of course it puts a lot of pressure on your pitchers," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "Everything's going to be magnified."

Jered Weaver (8-4) suffered the loss after he allowed four runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings pitched.

The Angels swept the White Sox in a brief two-game set earlier in the year and have won three of five and five of the last eight matchups.