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Peavy is the ultimate winner

Gonzalez blow not final factor

By Michael Vega
Globe Staff / May 31, 2011

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Adrian Gonzalez may have won the battle in his first-ever appearance against Jake Peavy, his former teammate with the Padres. But Peavy, the former Cy Young Award winner, wound up winning the war in helping the White Sox hand the Red Sox a 7-3 loss last night at Fenway Park.

Gonzalez got the better of Peavy with two out in the bottom of the first when he deposited a 2-2 offering from the White Sox starter into the visitors’ bullpen in right field. It helped the Red Sox pull within 2-1.

“I’ve been telling everyone in the world about Adrian,’’ said Peavy of Gonzalez’s hitting prowess. “I take full responsibility; [catcher] A.J. [Pierzynski] and I kinda got mixed up.’’

Gonzalez singled off Peavy in the sixth.

“He threw the ball on both sides of the plate,’’ Gonzalez said. “He knows how to pitch.’’

Peavy (2-0, 3.24 ERA), who turns 30 today, picked up his second win in his fourth start after throwing a season-high 112 pitches in seven innings. He did not walk a batter for the third time in four starts this season since coming off the disabled list May 11.

Gonzalez said he saw no evidence of the season-ending shoulder injury that limited Peavy’s 2010 season with the White Sox to just 17 starts.

“When he’s on the mound, you know he’s going to give it all he’s got,’’ Gonzalez said. “He’s definitely always going to be confident. That’s one of the best things I saw when I was his teammate [in San Diego]. He’s a competitor and he’s given it all he’s had every time.’’

Jenks set to return Righthanded reliever Bobby Jenks is expected to come off the 15-day disabled list today after completing his second rehab stint at Pawtucket Sunday night.

Jenks, who went on the DL May 5 with a strained right biceps, allowed a run and a hit with one walk while recording one strikeout in an inning against Indianapolis.

“His velocity was good,’’ manager Terry Francona said. “He didn’t hold a runner, which I think happens sometimes. All indications are that it’s a good thing he went [to Pawtucket] because he shook a little rust off, even by his own [admission], and now he’ll come back and help us.’’

A day of rest Jed Lowrie was given the night off to rest his left shoulder, which he injured in a collision with Carl Crawford going for a soft fly to shallow left field in the first game of Sunday’s day-night doubleheader in Detroit.

“It’s a lot better than [Sunday] night,’’ Lowrie said. “It’s just stiff.’’

Francona said he had every intention of penciling Lowrie into the lineup, but opted to go with Drew Sutton instead.

“This is nothing,’’ Francona said of Lowrie’s sore shoulder. “He’ll play [tonight]. He probably could’ve played [last night], but the more I started talking to him, I said, ‘You know what? We’re going to use our heads here.’ ’’

Sutton started at short and went 0 for 3 with a sacrifice bunt and a strikeout hitting out of the No. 7 spot.

Morales is waiting Francona indicated lefthanded reliever Franklin Morales, who was placed on the DL Sunday (retroactive to May 26) with a left forearm strain, had an MRI yesterday, but had yet to receive the results. “I’m doing fine,’’ said Morales. “I think the rest is going to help.’’ . . . After recording no RBIs in his previous 17 contests, Dustin Pedroia has driven in eight over his last seven games. Last night in the third inning, he tied the game at 3 with a hard-hit single to center that drove in a pair of runs with two out . . . Michael Bowden made his season debut out of the bullpen, throwing two scoreless innings . . . The Sox took their first back-to-back losses since May 10-11 in Toronto . . . White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen switched tonight’s and tomorrow afternoon’s starters. Gavin Floyd, who took the loss in relief in a 14-inning game Saturday in Toronto, will now go in the series finale. Phil Humber was moved up to tonight.

Capping it off The Red Sox donned red and white caps with a star-spangled “B’’ . . . Jason Varitek, who was the backup last night, wore camouflaged catching equipment in recognition of Memorial Day. The gear will be raffled off with the proceeds going to benefit the Red Sox Foundation/Massachusetts General Hospital’s Home Base Program, dedicated to supporting veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan with combat-related stress and/or traumatic brain injuries . . . Tim Wakefield and Varitek will host their annual Pitching in for Kids Kick-Off Celebration/Poker Party tomorrow night at Ned Devine’s. Their Celebrity Golf Classic, also benefiting Pitching in for Kids, will take place Thursday at Granite Links in Quincy. Registration is at 10 a.m. and shotgun start at noon. For more info, visit www.pitchinginforkids.org.

Nick Cafardo of the Globe Staff contributed to this report; Michael Vega can be reached at vega@globe.com.

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