Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/4/13
In his Red Sox debut Jake Peavy had the unenviable duty of being matched up against Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin. But Peavy was up to the challenge earning the win as the Sox beat the Diamondbacks 5-2 at Fenway Park Saturday night. The two nearly matched each other pitch for pitch. Through five innings Corbin a National League Cy Young candidate had given up one run on five hits and a walk with six strikeouts. He threw 78 pitches 54 for strikes. Through five innings Peavy had given up one run on two hits with two walks and six strikeouts. He threw 69 pitches 46 strikes. Each run allowed came on a home run. The Diamondbacks took the lead on Paul Goldschmidt’s 26th home run of the season leading off the fourth. The Sox tied the score with one out in the fifth on Shane Victorino’s seventh home run of the season. Peavy earned the win improving to 9-4 with a 4.14 ERA (combined between the White Sox and Red Sox). He went seven innings (plus one batter) giving up two runs on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts and a home run. Koji Uehara pitched a scoreless ninth for his 10th save. The Sox missed a good opportunity to do more damage off Corbin in the second when the loaded the bases with one out. It was the first time this season Corbin making his 22nd start had loaded the bases with less than two outs. But they got to Corbin in the seventh when Stephen Drew Brandon Snyder and Jacoby Ellsbury opened the inning with consecutive singles to score a run. That stretch also ended Corbin’s outing. He went six innings (plus three batters) giving up three runs on eight this and two walks with six strikeouts a home run and two wild pitches. He had given up just one run in each of his last four starts. His record fell to 12-3 with a 2.33 ERA. Will Harris entered giving up a sacrifice fly to Shane Victorino to score Brock Holt pinch-running for Snyder giving the Sox a 3-1 lead. But the D’backs cut the lead in the eighth. Will Nieves led off with a single ending the outing for Peavy who walked off to a loud standing ovation.
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