Game over: Red Sox 5, Diamondbacks 2 Jake Peavy (9-4) made a strong debut in with seven innings, allowing four hits and two runs. He threw 99 pitches, 65 for strikes in limiting the Diamondbacks to four hits. Paul Goldschmidt touched him up for a fourth inning homer.
Shane Victorino tied it with a homer in the fifth inning and the Red Sox broke a 1-1 deadlock with two seventh-inning runs against 12-game winner Patrick Corbin. Jacoby Ellsbury and Victorino drove in the runs. Jarrod Saltalamacchia made Koji Uehara’s save a lot easier with a two-run homer in the eighth. The game was played in 3:02 before 37,941 at Fenway, a sellout.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 5, Diamondbacks 2 – A two-run homer Jarrod Saltalamacchia has extended Boston’s lead. Tenth of the season for Salty.
Top 8th: Red Sox 3, D-Backs 2 – Jake Peavy left the game at the top of the inning after allowing a single to Wil Nieves. He received a roaring standing ovation. Peavy’s runner eventually scored. Cliff Pennington was hit witha pitch by reliever Craig Breslow and Gerardo Parra singled to load the bases.
Junichi Tazawa came on and surrendered a single to Aaron Hill scoring one run, but the second runner, Pennington, was gunned down on a nice throw from left field by Jonny Gomes, an ill-advised decision by third base coach Matt Williams. Another key at-bat was Tazawa striking out Paul Goldschmidt with two runners on and one out.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 3, D-backs 1 -The Red Sox finally broke through against Patrick Corbin with a pair of runs to take the lead. Drew and Snyder led off with singles to put the runners at the corners with no outs. A wild pitch got Snyder to second base. Ellsbury singled to center scoring Drew..Corbin left for righty Will Harris. Victorino hit a sacrifice fly to center to knock in the insurance run.
Top 7th: D-Backs 1, Red Sox 1 – Peavy records three groundball outs.
Bottom 6th: D-Backs 1, Red Sox 1 – After Mike Napoli walked, Jonny Gomes lined out to center and Jarrod Saltamacchia knocked into a 5-4-3 double play.
Top 6th: D-Backs 1, Red Sox 1 – Peavy allowed a single to leftcenter to Aaron Hill with one out, but Paul Goldschmidt hit a hard liner to right which was caught by Victorino and Eric Chavez popped out foul to
Bottom 5th: D-Backs 1, Red Sox 1 – Shane Victorino hits a righthanded homer in to the Monster seats to tie it up off Patrick Corbin.
Top 5th: D-Backs 1, Red Sox 0 – Peavy retired the bottom of the D-Backs order.
Bottom 4th: D-Backs 1, Red Sox 0 – A two-out single by Stephen Drew was about it.
Top 4th: D-Backs 1, Red Sox 0 – Paul Goldschmidt, whose dad David grew up in Natick, Ma., homered, his 26th, to deep center on an 0-2 pitch from Peavy. Goldschmidt, having a monster season, knocked in his 89th run.
Bottom 3rd: D-Backs 0, Red Sox 0 – The Red Sox put two men on vs. Corbin when Shane Victorino singled to left and Dustin Pedroia reached on an infield single, but again Corbin found another gear when he struck out Davis Ortiz and got Mike Napoli to pop out to shortstop.
Top 3rd: D-Backs 0, Red Sox 0 – A leadoff single by Wil Nieves, but Peavy got the next three outs including two strikeouts.
Bottom 2nd: D-Backs 0, Red Sox 0 – Busy inning for the Red Sox but nothing to show for it. David Ortiz singled, Mike Napoli walked and after Jonny Gomes struck out, the D-Backs’ middle infield dropped the ball when Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s grounder to second, but butchered by Aaron Hill, who then threw errantly to second base where the ball was dropped by Cliff Pennington. Bases loaded one out. Stephen Drew fanned on a nasty slider and Brandon Snyder lined out to right as Corbin got out of the jam.
Top 2nd: D-Backs 0, Red Sox 0 – Peavy allowed allowed a one-out walk To Martin Prado, but was able to get out of the inning unharmed with Cody Ross flew out to center and Jason Kubel struck out swinging.
Bottom 1st: D-Backs 0, Red Sox 0 – Right back at ‘ya from lefty Patrick Corbin who struck out Jacoby Ellsbury and then got Shane Victirino and Dustin Pedroia to ground out.
Top 1st: D-Backs 0, Red Sox 0 – Good start for Jake Peavy., He got the first two batters – Gerardo Parra (fly to CF) and Aaron Hill (strikeout) before walking Paul Goldschmidt. But Jarrod Saltalamacchia gunned him down trying to steal.