In one of their most exciting series of the year with so much swirling around the big Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers trade from the last August, Boston got the edge this time around.
Pitching for the Red Sox dominated the series as John Lackey, Jon Lester and Jake Peavy all turned in solid performances as Boston took two out of three from the Dodgers in their first trip to Dodger Stadium since June 2002.
Peavy’s start was the most impressive as he was able to go the distance on Sunday night in 8-1 victory. He struck five Dodger hitters while allowing just three hits in the complete game effort. The win marked Peavy’s first win vs. LA since September 25, 2008.
Despite being shutout on Friday night by Dodgers starter Ricky Nolasco, the Boston offensive attack picked up the slack starting with a four run first inning off Hyun-Jin Ryu. Jonny Gomes lead the attack with three run homerun that was enough to seal the 4-2 victory.
Aside from Peavy’s masterful start on Sunday, the longball was a key factor in the win as Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino all homered for the Red Sox. Napoli’s shot went 437 feet into the leftfield bleachers.
Both Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, both involved in the big trade last August each had two and three hits respectively against their former club. Gonzalez drove in three runs against the Red Sox including hitting a solo home run.
Looking ahead:After an off day on Monday, the Red Sox will embark on a nine game homestand beginning on Tuesday night when they host the Baltimore Orioles for a three game series. Boston will face the Orioles twice over the next month at home and with the AL East in a tight battle, these games will shape up to be very important ones.