KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jake Peavy was three outs away from handshakes and hugs in the dugout for a job well done. The Sox had a three-run lead on the Royals entering the sixth inning and John Farrell had his bullpen lined up.
It's the kind of game any starter has to take care, but especially a veteran who was obtained at the trade deadline. Peavy doesn't need to be a stud for the Sox, he just needs to take care of business.
But Peavy didn't get an out in the sixth inning. Three singles knocked him out of the game and the bullpen only made it worse. Than Drake Britton was charged with the loss didn't matter to Peavy.
“Obviously I take the blame. Your offense can’t score six runs and you not win the game in a game you start,” Peavy said. “I just didn’t get it done.”
Peavy allowed 10 hits over his five innings. He consistently got ahead of hitters but just as consistently failed to put them away. For only the second time in 297 career starts, Peavy went at least five innings without a strikeout.
A few notes:
• The Red Sox bullpen is showing some cracks. Brandon Workman was hit hard in Houston on Tuesday and Britton has allowed three runs in his last three innings.
Pedro Beato was called into Farrell's office after the game. He's headed back to Pawtucket with Franklin Morales coming off the DL.
• Third basemen Brock Holt and Brandon Snyder are 5 for 37 (.135) since the trade of Jose Iglesias. The duo are hitless in their last 18 at-bats. Will Middlebrooks is hitting .316/.357/.500 in his last 10 games for Pawtucket with six RBIs. Maybe now is the time to bring him back.
• The crowd of 29,485 was loud during the game. Kansas City hasn't had a winning team since 2003 but winning 15 of 17 has the people excited.
• The Sox have to have Jeremy Guthrie and James Shields in the final two games of the series. They need Felix Doubront and John Lackey to get this road trip back on course after a 2-3 start.