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Boston's Peavy performs splendidly against White Sox

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BOSTON -- Jake Peavy's known for studying hitters. It certainly gave him an edge against his former teammates.

Peavy pitched seven strong innings, Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and the Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 7-2 on Saturday night for their sixth win in seven games.

Acquired in a three-team, seven-player deal July 30 that sent infielder Jose Iglesias to Detroit, Peavy spent four seasons with the White Sox. The 32-year old right-hander went 36-29 after being picked up in a trade from San Diego on July 31, 2009.

"I certainly knew that team in and out," he said. "I did know pretty much for the most part what they were going to do. I think that worked pretty much to my advantage."

Peavy (11-5) allowed two runs and five singles in his sixth start for the Red Sox. He struck out four and walked one while throwing 109 pitches.

Even White Sox manager Robin Ventura could see him working his hitters a certain way.

"He's good at seeing some weaknesses, and he tried to exploit them," he said. "Today you could see him do it. You could see what he was trying to do. I don't know if it's that easy at the plate, but, from afar, when you're sitting back, you could see him do it."

Ellsbury also scored twice and drove in a run for the AL East-leaders. David Ortiz, who snapped an 0-for-23 stretch with a two-run single in Friday's win, went 2 for 4 with a walk and an RBI in Boston's 15-hit attack.

It was the 11th straight game Boston's pitchers have held an opponent to three or fewer runs, matching the best since April of 1988. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it's the most since 12 in a row in 1915.

"I'm certainly happy I wasn't the one to end it," Peavy said, smiling.

Chicago, last in the AL Central, had won 10 of 12 before dropping the first two of a three-game series against Boston.

Boston broke open a tie game with three runs in the fourth against John Danks (4-11), and then scored again in the fifth.

That was more than enough for Peavy.

"I don't think Jake can be any more amped up than he is in any game," Danks said. "He looked like typical Jake. He had a pretty good game plan and stuck to it. That's why he's had the success he's had over how many years he's played. He's certainly one of the best that's played."

Ellsbury's tiebreaking ground-rule double gave the Red Sox a 3-2 lead. Dustin Pedroia then drove in run with a groundout before Ortiz lined an RBI single to left.

Rookie Xander Bogaerts, regarded as one of the top prospects in baseball, added an RBI single in the fifth that made it 6-2.

Danks gave up six runs, five earned, and 11 hits over five innings. He had won his previous two starts, allowing only two runs in 14 innings.

"I knew I had to be good and simply wasn't," he said. "Jake did what he has to do with a lead."

The Red Sox had grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first on Mike Napoli's RBI single. Chicago tied it on Alejandro De Aza's run-scoring groundout.

Jonny Gomes doubled home a run in the third, but the White Sox tied it again on Avisail Garcia's RBI single.

Notes

The Red Sox announced a minor trade with Philadelphia during the game, acquiring utility INF John McDonald and cash for Single-A RHP Nefi Ogando. The 38-year old McDonald, a 15-year veteran, played for Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and the Phillies this season, hitting .098 in 45 games. ... Boston manager John Farrell said the club expects to call up three or four players when the rosters expand Sunday. ... White Sox 3B Conor Gillaspie made a diving catch of David Ross' liner. ... Hall of Famer and former Red Sox and White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk was at the game. ... Felix Doubront (10-6, 3.74 ERA) faces Chicago's Andre Rienzo (1-0, 4.21 ERA) in the series finale Sunday. ... Chicago's Adam Dunn is 5 for his last 46. ... Boston finished August 16-12 and Chicago went 16-13.

 
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Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury comes up with three hits, including a double, and also scores two runs against Chicago. (USATSI)
Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury comes up with three hits, including a double, and also scores two runs against Chicago. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Boston

J. Ellsbury
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Boston

J. Peavy
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 1
K 4
 

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Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alejandro De Aza, LF4001000 .270
Gordon Beckham, 2B4000001 .283
Alexei Ramirez, SS4110010 .285
Adam Dunn, DH3000110 .228
Paul Konerko, 1B4000012 .242
Avisail Garcia, CF4011011 .296
Conor Gillaspie, 3B3110101 .244
Jordan Danks, RF3010013 .255
Josh Phegley, C3010011 .211
Totals3225226  
Batting
RBI - Alejandro De Aza (55), Avisail Garcia (21)
2-OUT RBI - Avisail Garcia (15)
SB - Alejandro De Aza (18, 2nd base off Peavy/Ross), Alexei Ramirez (27, 2nd base off Peavy/Ross), Avisail Garcia (2, 2nd base off Peavy/Ross)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Beckham-A. Ramirez-Konerko, Beckham-A. Ramirez-Konerko-Gillaspie-Beckham-Konerko
E - Paul Konerko (3, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
John Danks (L,4-11) 51165120 4.35
Jake Petricka 2411210 3.86
David Purcey 1000100 1.65
WP - Jake Petricka (3)
Pitches-Strikes - John Danks 110-76, Jake Petricka 43-26, David Purcey 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Danks 7-7, Jake Petricka 3-1, David Purcey 1-1
Batters Faced - John Danks 28, Jake Petricka 11, David Purcey 3
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5231001 .299
Shane Victorino, RF5120015 .297
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5001014 .299
David Ortiz, DH4021100 .312
Mike Napoli, 1B4121102 .249
Jonny Gomes, LF5121004 .229
Will Middlebrooks, 3B4000013 .221
David Ross, C3120101 .195
Xander Bogaerts, SS3121101 .333
Totals38715643  
Batting
2B - Jacoby Ellsbury (30, Danks), Mike Napoli (32, Danks), Jonny Gomes (16, Danks), David Ross (4, Danks)
RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (48), Dustin Pedroia (76), David Ortiz (82), Mike Napoli (76), Jonny Gomes (43), Xander Bogaerts (2)
2-OUT RBI - David Ortiz (25), Mike Napoli (27), Jonny Gomes (17), Xander Bogaerts (2)
Team LOB - 11
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jake Peavy (W,11-5) 7522140 3.91
Craig Breslow 1000010 2.08
Drake Britton 1000110 3.12
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Peavy 109-68, Craig Breslow 14-8, Drake Britton 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Peavy 6-11, Craig Breslow 1-1
Batters Faced - Jake Peavy 27, Craig Breslow 3, Drake Britton 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37363
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Dana DeMuth