On the cusp of a four-game sweep of the Red Sox’ home-and-home series with the Braves, Jake Peavy had his best outing in over three weeks to keep the Sox in the game and help them to victory.
Peavy went eight full innings for the first time this season and allowed three runs or less for the first time since May 7, as the Red Sox scored three runs on three Atlanta errors over the final two innings to walk-off with the win.
Jason Heyward got the scoring started in the third, hitting a shot to right that just got over the head of Grady Sizemore and into the stands for a solo home run. Peavy then got B.J. Upton to pop out to second to end the frame.
The biggest error for Peavy came in the fourth. With one out and Freddie Freeman on first base, Peavy was called for a balk, allowing Freeman to move up to second. Evan Gattis then hit a single to right field that allowed Freeman to score and Gattis to advance to second on the throw.
The Braves threatened again in the fifth, as Andrelton Simmons singled with one out, stole second, and advanced to third on a single by Heyward to put runners on the corners with one out. A lineout by B.J. Upton and a ground out by Freeman got the Red Sox out of the inning.
Peavy was efficient later in the game, getting out six of the seven batters he saw in the sixth and seventh innings, sitting at 97 pitches as he walked off the field. He came out for the eighth and allowed a single to B.J. Upton, who then scored on a double by Freeman to make it 3-1. Peavy then retired the next three batters to get out of the inning.
The Red Sox scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to get Peavy off the hook for his third loss of the year, and Koji Uehara came out for the ninth, ending Peavy’s outing. His final line for the night was eight innings pitched, allowing three runs on eight hits with one walk and four strikeouts.
Peavy hadn’t pitched a quality outing over his past three starts, giving up six, five, and five runs, respectively – all Red Sox losses. With Felix Doubront and Clay Buchholz on the DL, the Red Sox will need to lean on the veteran trio of Jon Lester, John Lackey, and Peavy to help get the team back in the AL East race after they fell well behind the pack during their 10-game losing streak.