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Closing Time: Jake Peavy dominates with complete game, lifts Red Sox past Dodgers

08.25.13 at 11:09 pm ET
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Jake Peavy made sure the Red Sox were going to punctuate this well-publicized road-heavy stretch in style.

Peavy pitched his second complete game of the season, allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out four. The end result was an 8-1 win for the Red Sox, handing the Dodgers their first series loss in more than two months.

The starter’s ERA drops to 3.31 in the five games pitched for his new team, having allowed more than two runs just once. Peavy also improved to 14-2 against the Dodgers, including a 7-1 mark at Dodger Stadium.

For the six-game road trip, the Red Sox starters totaled a 1.12 ERA (6 earned runs, 48 1/3 innings), having not allowed more than two runs in any of the appearances.

The Sox — who have just two interleague games remaining in Colorado next month — have won 22 of their last 29 games against National League teams dating to last year. This season, the Sox’ interleague mark is a major-league best 13-5.

Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox win:

WHAT WENT RIGHT

– Xander Boegarts notched his second major league hit at a most opportune time, rifling a first-pitch fastball with two outs in the fourth inning into the right-center field gap for a double. The smash allowed Will Middlebrooks, who had singled, to score from first base. The shortstop would finish with a pair of hits.

Dustin Pedroia flashed some leather against former teammate Nick Punto in the home half of the fourth. Punto attempted to bunt his way on, dragging Peavy’s first pitch toward second base. Pedroia, however, charged in and managed to field the ball and flip it out of his glove to first baseman Mike Napoli almost in one motion for the frame’s first out.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia extended the Sox’ lead to four runs with a two-run, opposite field home run in the sixth inning. It was the catcher’s 11th home run of the season, 10 of which have now come hitting left-handed. His 45 extra-base are the most by any American League catcher.

– Mike Napoli continued his recent resurgence, following up a three-hit game by producing a first-inning, run-scoring ground-rule double, along with a two-run homer. The line-drive to right-center field plated Shane Victorino, who had doubled. Then, in the ninth, the first baseman launched his 16th home run of the season deep into the left field stands.

Dustin Pedroia has seemingly rediscovered his stroke, having now hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games (.377 over that stretch). Sunday night he came away with three hits, including a sacrifice fly, which increased the Sox’ lead to 2-0 after three innings.

– After going hitless in the series’ first two games, Victorino came away with a double and solo home run. The homer, his second of the road trip, increased the Red Sox lead to five runs.

WHAT WENT WRONG

Adrian Gonzalez cut the Red Sox’ lead to two runs with a one-out solo home run in the fourth, clearing the center field fence. The homer, coming off a 92 mph fastball out over the plate, was the first baseman’s 17th home run of the season, with none of the blasts landing to the left of center.

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