In what could be looked back upon as the season’s most important series, the Boston Red Sox turned to their three biggest starters in hopes of claiming a signature series win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
What the Red Sox asked for is what the they received.
John Lackey, Jon Lester and Jake Peavy shone bright for the Red Sox, registering two complete games and a combined 1.47 ERA against the red-hot Dodgers. Setting the tone early was Lackey. Despite falling to the hands of Ricky Nolasco by a score of 2-0, Lackey registered his season’s first complete game. Recording six strikeouts over eight innings, Lackey yielded just two runs on three hits.
Carrying the momentum of Friday night’s start, Lester took the ball for the Red Sox on Saturday afternoon. Turning in one of his most impressive outings of the season, Lester surrendered just one run over 7.1 innings. Despite failing to complete the eighth inning, Lester claimed his 12th win of the season by a score of 4-2.
In the rubber match of the three-game series, the Red Sox handed the ball to newly-acquired Peavy, and the former two-time All-Star and Cy Young Award winner for the San Diego Padres logged yet another impressive performance at Dodger Stadium. Prior to Sunday night’s start, Peavy held a 3.08 ERA in 12 starts at Dodger Stadium. Continuing that success, Peavy dominated the Dodgers lineup on Sunday night.
Posting the Red Sox’ second complete game, Peavy held the Dodgers to three hits and one run over nine commanding innings, helping the Red Sox win 8-1.
Not only were the Red Sox able to take two of three games against the Dodgers, but they were also able to gain back sole possession of first place in the AL East with help from the New York Yankees.
Not a bad weekend.