BOSTON (AP) — Jake Peavy has been around long enough to know that pitchers go through stretches without run support.
Peavy grinded through six tough innings and left with the lead before the Cleveland Indians rallied for two unearned runs against Boston’s bullpen for a 3-2 victory yesterday.
Entering the day with the second-lowest run support in the AL behind Baltimore’s Ubaldo Jimenez, Peavy left with a 2-1 lead after stranding nine Cleveland base runners.
Peavy, 0-4 with a 5.46 ERA in his past nine starts, came into the day with his teammates averaging just 3.21 runs while he was in the game.
“He was great. He deserved to win,” said Boston catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who made the key error that led to the unearned runs. “He battled the whole six innings, one run, left with the lead. We had a chance to shut them down, didn’t do it. It’s all my fault.”
Craig Breslow (2-2) took the loss, allowing both unearned runs and two hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning.
Jason Kipnis had three hits as the Indians snapped a four-game losing streak.
The Red Sox led 2-1 when Breslow relieved Peavy to start the seventh. Cabrera hit a grounder behind second base that shortstop Jonathan Herrera grabbed with a diving stop, but his throw to first short-hopped Mike Napoli and popped off the heel of his glove.
Michael Brantley singled to right, then second baseman Dustin Pedroia tried to come home on Kipnis’ grounder but Pierzynski couldn’t come up with the ball. Home plate umpire Sean Barber initially signaled out, but changed the call when he saw the ball rolling in the dirt.
“I just missed it,” Pierzynski said. “(Pedroia) made a great play. That’s why he’s a Gold Glover and I’m not.”