Peavy pitched a three-hitter and the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-1 Sunday night.
The Red Sox, who won their 26th series, is the first team to get the one from the Dodgers from June 14-16, when Pittsburgh took two of three. But Los Angeles is 46-12 since June 22.
“Tonight was a very big night for us, and we know that,” said Peavy. “We had to come in here and play a very good team that has not lost a series in quite a while. You watch them on tape, then watch them get ready for a game, and You see why they had gone so successful.
“They had gone on an incredible run, but we had a good ballclub as well, and it shows the ability of the ballclub to us,” he added. “We are on the same level with those guys. Knew the day I walked in Clubhouse what we had here. And every person, man to man, knows that we are capable of playing with anyone in a day. It’s just up to us to be willing to do that. ”
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Shane Victorino and Mike Napoli homered for the Red Sox on the anniversary of the blockbuster nine-player trade in which the Dodgers acquired Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto from Boston.
Gonzalez hit his 17th homer, driving a 0-2 pitch into center field with one out in the fourth for the Dodgers’ first hit after the Red Sox Peavy staked a 3-0 lead.
“I do not like facing Adrian Gonzalez,” said Peavy, Gonzalez’s teammate for three-plus season in San Diego. “He is an extremely good player, but that can not happen there 0-2.’ve Got to make a better pitch. I was trying to change his eye level way higher than it is. When I did play him, he hit about 40 years, so I’ve seen many times. And it feels good being on the receiving end. ”
The victory enabled the Red Sox to regain sole position of first place in the AL East and put them in the game earlier Tampa Bay Rays, who lost 3-2 to the Yankees in 11 innings.
The Dodgers maintained their nine-game lead over Arizona in the NL West, following the ’9 -5 Diamondbacks loss to Philadelphia.
“I think it’s a nice little lesson for us,” manager Don Mattingly said after watching his team get just Operates four and nine hits combined against Peavy, Jon Lester and John lackey 24 1-3 innings.
“If we are going to be fortunate enough to do anything and get anywhere, that kind of pitching we’re gonna see. You ready gonna see the construction team veterans know that they do, and more good to have a game plan when you walk you up there. ”
Peavy (10-5) threw 111 to offer his 300 big league start, going the distance for the 16th time while striking out five and walking one. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 3.31 ERA in five starts since Boston acquired him in a trade from the Chicago White Sox.
“We got earlier in their most guys and dictated the count. You have to do that when you’re going against a lineup as talented as they are,” said Peavy. “Fortunately we were able to put a good game plan together.”
Chris Capuano (4-7) surrendered Runs three and six hits through five innings in his first career appearance against Boston. The 35-year-old left-hander, who was born in Springfield, Mass., obtained through the seventh inning on only one of his 18 starts this season.
Dustin Pedroia has been credited with a hit in the infield in the first inning on a missed call by umpire Mark Carlson, who ruled him safe after shortstop Hanley Ramirez charged with Pedroia’s grounder and Gonzalez scooped up low throw in time.
Victorino, who doubled with one out before Pedroia came up, Napoli scored on a ground rule double to center. But Capuano been to minimize the damage by taking Middlebrooks will ground into a double play, after loading the bases with a two-out intentional walk to Jonny Gomes.
Pedroia made it 2-0 in the third with a sacrifice fly. Xander Bogaerts, playing in his fourth major league game, got his first RBI with 1/4-ining double, and the Red Sox increased the margin to 6-1 with a two-run homer in the fourth Saltalamacchia six and a Victorino’s solo shot in the seventh – both off rookie Chris Withrow.
Napoli constrained marking the ninth with his 16th home run, a two-run shot against Brandon League.
“You never want to lose two games in a row,” Crawford said. “But we’ve just got to get back to doing what we do, put two games behind us real quick and get back to our winning ways.”