Manager Robin Ventura believed Jake Peavy deserved to pitch the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday night with White Sox trying to protect a 3-1 lead against the Indians with Peavy having thrown eight innings of one-hit ball.

But in an ending fitting of Peavy's tough-luck tenure with the Sox, he allowed a single to Michael Brantley before Travis Hafner hit a game-tying, two-run home run that struck the right-field foul pole and ultimately led to Cleveland's 4-3 victory in 12 innings.

The homer deprived Peavy of a win that would have evened his 11-12 record. Nevertheless, he finished with a team-leading 219 innings and 32 starts 26 1/2 months after undergoing surgery to repair a detached latissmus dorsi muscle near his right shoulder.

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"I just knew I put everything I could into last offseason, knowing the doctor said, this will be your telltale if you can do it or not," Peavy said. "I would have never imagined it would have been as easy as it has been to stay healthy. There has been no pain pills, no anti-inflammatory (drugs). We've done what we can do. There are aches and pains that you're going to have. But I never would have imagined it would have come this easy.

"I feel very blessed to have been through the surgeries I've been through and be where I'm at now. I'm still young. A lot of people think I'm 35, 36 years old. I'm only 31 and have a lot of good baseball ahead of me."