Dodgers fall 8-1 to Red Sox

Adrian Gonzalez punctuated the anniversary of last year’s

blockbuster nine-player trade that brought him to the Dodgers from

the Boston Red Sox with a home run.

But that was all the offense the NL West leaders could muster on

Sunday night against longtime nemesis Jake Peavy, who pitched the

Boston Red Sox to 8-1 victory with a three-hitter.

The Red Sox took the deciding game of the interleague series,

becoming the first team to win a series from the Dodgers in 2 1/2

months.

”You never want to lose two games in a row,” said left fielder

Carl Crawford, another player who came over in the trade along with

Josh Beckett and Nick Punto.

”But we’ve just got to get back to doing what we do, put these

two games behind us real quick and get back to our winning

ways.”

The Dodgers hadn’t lost a series since June 14-16, when

Pittsburgh took two of three. But they are still 9 1/2 games ahead

of Arizona in the NL West and 46-12 since June 22, after trailing

the Diamondbacks by as many as 9 1/2 games on June 22.

”I think this was a good little lesson for us,” manager Don

Mattingly said after watching his team total just four runs and

nine hits in 24 1-3 combined innings by Peavy, John Lackey and Jon

Lester.

”If we’re going to be fortunate enough to do anything and get

anywhere, that’s the kind of pitching we’re gonna see. You’re gonna

see teams with veteran pitching that knows that they’re doing, and

you better have a game-plan when you walk up there.”

Chris Capuano (4-7) gave up three runs and six hits through five

innings in his first career appearance against Boston. The

35-year-old left-hander, who was born in Springfield, Mass., has

gotten through the seventh inning in only one of his 18 starts this

season.

”They’re a veteran team that grinds out at-bats, plays great

defense and makes you work for everything you get,” Capuano said.

”We’re definitely disappointed to drop the last two. But at the

same time, we have a really good pitcher on the mound tomorrow

night (Zack Greinke) and we’re looking forward to starting another

streak.”

Peavy (10-5) threw 111 pitches in his 300th big league start,

going the distance for the 16th time while striking out five and

walking one.

The right-hander is 14-2 with a 2.21 ERA in 25 career starts

against the Dodgers, the other 24 coming with the Padres.

”We got ahead of most guys and dictated the count. You have to

do that when you’re going against a lineup as talented as they

are,” Peavy said. ”Fortunately we were able to put a good game

plan together.”

Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Mike Napoli and former Dodger Shane

Victorino all homered for the Red Sox, who regained sole possession

of the AL East lead and put them a game ahead of the Tampa Bay

Rays, who lost 3-2 to the Yankees in 11 innings.

”Tonight was a very big night for us, and we knew that,” said

Peavy, who is 2-1 with a 3.31 ERA in five starts since Boston

acquired him in a trade from the Chicago White Sox.

Gonzalez’s 17th homer came on an 0-2 pitch with one out in the

fourth – the Dodgers’ first hit after the Red Sox staked Peavy to a

3-0 lead.

”I don’t like facing Adrian Gonzalez,” said Peavy, Gonzalez’s

teammate for three-plus seasons in San Diego.

”He’s an extremely good player, but that can’t happen there on

0-2. I’ve got to make a better pitch. I was trying to change his

eye level way higher than it was. When I played with him, he hit

about 40 a year, so I’ve seen that multiple times. And it doesn’t

feel good being on the receiving end.”

NOTES: ESPN ”Sunday Night Baseball” analyst John Kruk,

scheduled to work the game with play-by-play man Dan Shulman and

former Red Sox ace Curt Schilling, was taken to a hospital less

than an hour before gametime because of dizziness and dehydration,

according to a network spokesman. … The Dodgers are 94-72 since

the trade, and the Red Sox are 84-82. … The Dodgers finished

their interleague schedule 12-8, their first winning record against

AL clubs since 2004 (10-8). The Red Sox, who don’t complete their

interleague slate until Sept. 24-25 at Colorado, are 13-5 against

NL teams.