Like John Lackey on Monday, Jake Peavy got off to a rocky start in the first inning, but settled down after and put the Red Sox in a good position to come back and win.
Unlike Lackey, however, Peavy ran into trouble late in the ballgame and the bullpen couldn’t bail him out.
Five straight singles for the Indians in the top of the first made it 2-0 before Peavy could get an out. Another run scored on a 6-4-3 double play, and Cleveland held a 3-0 lead at the end of the first.
Peavy’s problems followed him to the bottom of the second, when Yan Gomes hit a grounder back to him that went off his glove and towards third. He ran off the mound to try and make a play, but threw the ball wide of first and into the Red Sox’ dugout, allowing Gomes to advance to second, getting to third after Mike Aviles laid down a sacrifice bunt.
He fought back to keep Gomes at third, however, getting Bourn to ground out to third and Cabrera to fly out to right to keep it 3-0 after two.
Peavy breezed through the third, fourth, and fifth innings, throwing three straight 1-2-3 frames. He got three outs in the fourth on just five pitches, making it nine Indians in a row he had retired, and made it 12 in a row after shutting down the Tribe in the fifth.
Peavy came back for the bottom of the sixth and retired Michael Brantley on a flyout and Jason Kipnis on a ground out to second to make it 14 in a row. Chisenhall hit a two-out single up the middle to snap the streak, but Peavy got Ryan Raburn to ground out to shortstop to end the inning.
Peavy started the seventh inning by walking David Murphy and Yan Gomes followed that up with a single to left. Peavy spoiled a sac bunt attempt by Mike Aviles and got the force out at third. John Farrell then came out to get his starter and end Peavy’s night at 106 pitches.
Andrew Miller took over in relief and promptly allowed a double to Bourn that scored Gomes and Aviles to make it 5-3 and close the book on Peavy’s night.
The Red Sox starter’s final line was 6.1 innings pitched, allowing five runs on eight hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
Peavy had a solid outing his last time out, allowing three runs in a 4-3 Red Sox win over the Braves on May 29, but after his performance tonight he has now allowed five or more runs in four of his last five outings.