For the first time since April 4, the Red Sox are back to an even wins-losses record, and a lot of the thanks can be given to starter Jake Peavy.
Peavy pitched well in his bid to help the Red Sox climb back to .500 for the first time since April 4, throwing six solid innings and allowing only three runs against the Reds on Wednesday.
His final line was six-plus innings pitched, three runs on four hits with four walks and four strikeouts. Peavy’s book closed for the night with the Red Sox trailing by only a run.
One mistake came in the third inning, when he allowed a leadoff double to Chris Heisey, then with one out laid a fastball over the plate on the first pitch to Skip Shumaker that Shumaker crushed into the Cincinnati bullpen for his first home run of the season to make it 2-0.
Peavy settled down after the homer, retiring nine out of the next 10 batters, with only Roger Bernadina getting on base after walking in the fifth.
He left the game in the seventh inning after the bases were loaded on a leadoff double by Todd Frazier, followed by a single by Brayan Pena and a walk to Ryan Ludwick.
Chris Capuano came into the game and got Bernadina to ground out to second, allowing a run; Burke Badenhop then came in and induced a grounder to third from Heisey and the Red Sox got the out at home, then got out of the inning on a nubber in front of the plate by Zack Cozart that A.J. Pierzynski fired to first base.
The Red Sox took the lead in the bottom of the eighth and Koji Uehara shut the door for his eighth save of the season.
Along with John Lackey, Peavy has been arguably the Red Sox most consistent starter this season. Besides a rough game against the Orioles on April 20, where he gave up five runs in 5.2 innings, Peavy has produced quality starts in each of his outings this season.