Win or lose, Jake Peavy was going out for dinner with a group of former White Sox teammates after the game tonight. That he pitched seven solid innings in a 7-2 victory meant he could walk into Chicago’s hotel smiling.
“You know what? It really wasn’t that big of a deal once you got out there. When you get out there you’re in compete mode,” Peavy said. “We’re all used to guys being traded and you know guys. I just knew those guys a little bit more.”
Peavy used that knowledge mostly to his advantage as he allowed two runs on five hits, all singles. He walked one and struck out four to improve to 3-1 with a 3.18 earned run average in six starts with the Red Sox.
The one White Sox hitter who did give Peavy some pause was Adam Dunn.
“It was different having to face my best friend in the world. It was different for sure,” Peavy said. That Dunn was 0 for 3 with a strikeout gave Peavy some bragging rights.
“That team’s in a rough position not playing for anything. There won’t be any jabs until maybe later on in the winter,” Peavy said. “But I can promise you he wouldn’t have that same respect towards me if he had gotten the better of it. Adam’s a great competitor.”
• The 81-56 Red Sox have won six of their last seven games. With Tampa Bay losing at Oakland, their lead in the division is up to 4½ games. That’s the largest it has been since July 12.
• Red Sox pitchers have gone 11 consecutive games without allowing more than three runs. That’s the longest streak for the franchise since 1988 and the longest in the majors since the Blue Jays went 12 games in 1991. The starters have a 2.15 ERA in those 11 games.
• The Red Sox collected 15 hits off three White Sox pitchers. Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits, scored two runs and drove in another. Shane Victorino, David Ortiz, Mike Napoli, Jonny Gomes, David Ross and rookie Xander Bogaerts each had two hits.
• The 20-year-old Bogaerts is the youngest Red Sox player to reach base three times, score at least one run and drive in at least one other since Tony Conigliaro and Tony Horton in 1965.
• Victorino hit .328 in August with eight doubles, seven homers and 22 RBIs. He’s at .2976 for the season.