Red Sox-Dodgers Preview
After slowing down baseball’s hottest team, the Boston Red Sox
are looking for more.
Boston tries to become the first team since mid-June to take a
series from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday night at Chavez
While the Red Sox (76-55) were held to a pair of singles in
Friday’s 2-0 loss, they got going right away in a 4-2 victory
Saturday. Jonny Gomes’ three-run homer capped a four-run first
inning, and Jon Lester pitched effectively into the eighth.
“If you’ve got a good aggressive hitter like Jonny who can hit
the ball out of the ballpark and he jumps on that first pitch, it’s
huge,” catcher David Ross said.
Boston has now won three of five, a stretch in which its
rotation has posted a 1.21 ERA.
“Our starting pitching has been absolutely grinding and keeping
us in the game,” said Gomes, who has seven RBIs in his last four
The Dodgers (76-53), meanwhile, saw their four-game winning
streak come to an end after going 1 for 6 with runners in scoring
position. Los Angeles is still 46-11 dating to June 22, by far the
best record in the majors over that stretch, but on Sunday it’ll be
in danger of losing its first series since dropping two of three in
Pittsburgh from June 14-16.
Yasiel Puig, third in the NL with a .345 average since getting
called up June 3, collected two of the team’s five hits
“More times than not with our offense we’re going to be able to
get back in the game all the way, but (Lester) didn’t allow it,”
catcher A.J. Ellis said.
The Dodgers will try to bounce back against Jake Peavy (9-5,
4.25 ERA), who has allowed one or two runs in three of his four
starts since being traded to the Red Sox on July 30. The
right-hander yielded one run and five hits in 5 2-3 innings in a
3-2 walkoff loss at San Francisco on Tuesday.
“You don’t ever like to come out of a game,” Peavy, who was
removed after throwing 92 pitches, told MLB’s official website. “It
was tough coming out. But that’s the way the game goes.”
Peavy hasn’t faced the Dodgers in more than four years, but he
gave them fits while with San Diego from 2002-09. The former NL Cy
Young Award winner is 13-2 in 24 career starts versus Los Angeles
while compiling a 2.27 ERA – his second-lowest mark against any NL
Andre Ethier is 5 for 33 (.152) with 10 strikeouts versus Peavy,
and Hanley Ramirez is 1 for 13. Former Padres teammate Adrian
Gonzalez, though, is 3 for 7 with a homer.
Gonzalez drove in both Dodgers runs Saturday, giving him 14 RBIs
in his last 17 games.
Los Angeles tries to get back on track behind Chris Capuano
(4-6, 4.70), who has compiled a 7.53 ERA over his last three
starts. The Dodgers, though, have won each of his last seven
outings, including Tuesday’s 6-4 victory at Miami after the
left-hander gave up three runs and six hits in five innings.
Capuano now returns home, where he is 2-4 with a 6.23 ERA in
nine outings, for his first career start against the Red Sox.
Boston, which has outscored opponents 79-30 during an 11-3
stretch in interleague play, is 1-4 all-time at Dodger Stadium.