Game over: Red Sox 8, Dodgers 1 – Oh well, Carl Crawford’s dream of sweeping the Red Sox didn’t come true. The Red Sox took two out of three here and finished the road trip 4-2. Jake Peavy (10-5) was terrific in his 300th career start with a complete game three-hitter. The only mistake was a solo homer by Adrian Gonzalez on an 0-2 pitch in the fourth inning. The Red Sox slammed three homers – a key two-run homer by Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the the sixth which turned a close 3-1 game into a 5-1 game; Shane Victorino, who had a sensational game in the field, homered in the seventh; and Mike Napoli hit a garbage time homer in the nine with Dustin Pedroia aboard. The win coupled by a Tampa Bay loss gives the Red Sox a one-game lead in the AL East. The game was played before 44,109 at Dodgers Stadium in 3 hours.
Top 9th: Red Sox 8, Dodgers 1 – Red Sox content to get into the ninth with a 7-run lead after Mike Napoli’s two-run bomb. Dustin Pedroia doubled to right with two outs to start things off.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 6, Dodgers 1 – Nothing doing for the Dodgers who have not been able to solve Jake Peavy.
Top 8th: Red Sox 6, Dodgers 1 – Xander Bogaerts with his second hit. Nice hitter. after a Jarrod Saltalamacchia walk. Jake Peavy hit for himself and lined to the pitcher. Hit the ball hard three times tonight.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 6, Dodgers 1 – Peavy goes perfect again in 7th.
Top 7th: Red Sox 6, Dodgers 1 – Shane Victorino has impacted this game with his glove, but he also just impacted it with his bat – a solo homer to left. Victorino has also doubled and had a sacrifice bunt.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 5, Dodgers 1 – Dodgers have no oomph in their lineup tonight. Carl Crawford singled, but the Dodgers could do no more vs. Peavy.
Top 6th: Red Sox 5, Dodgers 1 – Mike Napoli walked off Chris Withrow, the new Dodgers pitcher, and then scored ahead of Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s opposite field home run, his 11th.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 3, Dodgers 1 – Great play by Shane Victorino to cut off a ball that was headed to the rightcenter gap by Skip Schumaker. Victorino held him to a single. Peavy was able to retire the next three batters including pinch-hitter Andre Ethier with a strike out.
Top 5th: Red Sox 3, Dodgers 1 – Capuano has settled down and retired the side with a pair of fly balls to center by Shane Victorino and Dustin Pedroia and a ground out from Jacoby Ellsbury.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 3, Dodgers 1 – Adrian Gonzales belted his 17th homer, a shot to rightcenter on an 0-2 pitch for LA’s first hit and run off Jake Peavy, who by the way is making his 300th career start tonight.
Top 4th: Red Sox 3, Dodgers 0 – Xander Bogaerts drove in Will Middlebrooks with a double to right center, for his first Major League RBI. Skip Schumaker bobbled the ball for a moment and Middlebrooks had been stopped by 3B coach Brian Butterfield. Probably should have been an E-8 and no RBI. Middlebrooks singled with one out.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 0 – Dodgers had their first baserunner – A.J. Elis with a walk. Chris Capuano sacrificed him to second with two out. Carl Carwford, who wanted to sweep the Red Sox, struck out for the second time.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 0 – Hanley Ramirez just doesn’t get rid of the ball quickly enough at SS. Ellsbury beat out a grounder to short, then stole second base, his 47th steal. Victorino sacrificed him over to third base and Dustin Pedroia got him on with a sac fly to center.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 1, Dodgers 0 – Peavy has now retired six straight.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 1, Dodgers 0 – Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out and Xander Bogaerts and Jake Peavy grounded out in an easy inning for Capuano.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 1, Dodgers 0 – Carl Crawford and Nick Punto went down on strikes against Jake Peavy and Adrian Gonzales flew out to deep left.
Top 1st: Red Sox 1,Dodgers 0: – The Red Sox know that the Rays have lost before the game. Let’s see how they respond.
After Jacoby Ellsbury struck out against Chris Capuano (that’s one out, Jacoby), Shane Victorino lined a double to left. Dustin Pedroia then reached on an infield hit to shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who made a short throw to first which was scooped nicely by Adrian Gonzalez, but Pedroia was ruled safe. Mike Napoli followed with a ground-rule double to center scoring Victorino with the first Red Sox run.