NEW YORK | Jake Peavy pitched three-hit ball in his return from a balky back, Alejandro De Aza had a leadoff homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the New York Mets 6-3 on Wednesday night to split their two-game interleague series.
Alex Rios homered among his three hits and knocked in two runs for the White Sox. Conor Gillaspie blooped a two-run double off Jeremy Hefner (0-4) as Chicago's struggling hitters finally found a few holes.
Rios also had an RBI double and Paul Konerko a run-scoring single to help the last-place White Sox take the finale of a 4-4 road trip.
Peavy (4-1) got some prime help on defense from shortstop Alexei Ramirez and center fielder Dewayne Wise. The 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner pitched around a leadoff double in the sixth and threw 114 pitches over 6 2-3 steady innings to win his third consecutive decision.
It was Peavy's first start since beating Tampa Bay on April 26. He had been scratched twice since because of back spasms. The three-time All-Star gave up only Lucas Duda's leadoff homer in the second as Chicago won for the first time in five interleague games this season, dropping the Mets to 3-1 against AL teams.
Peavy pumped his fist after Ramirez made a diving stop to start an inning-ending double play in the fourth. The shortstop also ranged far up the middle and made a pretty, pirouette throw to rob Jordany Valdespin of a leadoff hit in the first.
Wise ran a long way to catch Ike Davis' deep drive with a runner on in the second, making the grab just before his back smacked into the fence near the 408-foot sign.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura shuffled his slumping lineup a bit, raising Ramirez to second in the order while Gillaspie started in the cleanup spot for the first time in his big league career.
Chicago entered next-to-last in the majors with 104 runs and had managed only seven in its past four games, including two shutout losses. The White Sox were overpowered by Matt Harvey in the series opener Tuesday night, held to Rios' infield single with two outs in the seventh. The team said that made Chicago the third club since 1900 to put just one runner on base in an extra-inning game, according to research by the Elias Sports Bureau.
De Aza finished with three hits, snapping an 0-for-10 slide. He pulled Hafner's fifth pitch to right for his sixth home run of the year and sixth career leadoff shot. His other one this season came on April 20 against Minnesota.
De Aza dropped down a bunt single for the first of Chicago's four straight hits in a three-run third. Rios had an RBI double and Gillaspie blooped a two-run double into shallow center, making it 4-1.
Rios and Gillaspie singled in the seventh off reliever Scott Atchison before Konerko looped an RBI single into right.
An error by Rios in the right field corner allowed a run to score in the eighth, but Mets pinch-hitter Justin Turner tripped after rounding first base and had to settle for a single.
Jesse Crain struck out three batters to squash the rally, and Rios hit a long homer to left off Jeurys Familia in the ninth to make it 6-2. Addison Reed gave up Ruben Tejada's run-scoring single in the ninth before striking out rookie Juan Lagares with two on to end it as the Mets fell short in front of a sparse crowd of 21,470.
Hefner, hurt by a lack of run support lately, didn't pitch all that badly. He gave up some soft hits but kept his team in the game for six innings, allowing four runs and eight hits.
The right-hander struck out five and issued an intentional walk. New York has lost all seven of his outings this season, including six starts.