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Indians Vs. White Sox Final: Jake Peavy Wins A Classic Pitching Duel Over Justin Masterson, 1-0

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Jake Peavy and Justin Masterson went pitch for pitch, each going the distance, but the White Sox hurler was just a little better in Chicago's 1-0 victory over Cleveland in the first of two games at U.S. Cellular Field.

Peavy (1-0) looked like the pitcher from his dominant days in San Diego, striking out eight and allowing just three hits over nine inning, while Masterson (5-2) surrendered just one run -- in the first frame, no less -- on five hits with eight strikeouts and two walks over eight frames.

"This is the healthiest I've ever been in Chicago and I hope it stays that way," said Peavy. "This is what I was brought here to do and hopefully I can keep it going."

Adam Dunn, in a season-long slump after coming to the Windy City as a free agent in the offseason, drove in the lone run for the White Sox, who have won two in a row. Peavy hurled his fifth career shutout and first since last June.

The loss snapped Cleveland's three-game winning streak.

In the home first, Pierre slapped a 1-2 pitch down the left-field line for a leadoff double. He moved to third on Omar Vizquel's single and scored on Dunn's sacrifice fly to center.

The Indians never threatened until the seventh as Shin-Soo Choo singled and stole second with one out. However, Peavy bared down and got Carlos Santana to pop out and Travis Buck to ground out. Brent Lillibridge helped Peavy immensely in the eighth, using a feet-first slide to nab Orlando Cabrera's long drive in left-center field.

"Both guys threw the ball extremely well tonight," said Cleveland manager Manny Acta. "You know, unfortunately for us their guys put a run across and we couldn't."

Three of Peavy's five career shutouts came during his dominant 2005 season with the Padres. Peavy also notched the ninth complete game of his career...Choo had two of Cleveland's three hits...Masterson tossed his third career complete game in defeat.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.