Sox bats fail to back Peavy's strong start

Sox bats fail to back Peavy's strong start
August 16, 2013, 12:00 am
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TORONTO -- In his third start since being obtained at the non-waiver trade deadline, Jake Peavy wasn't part of the problem -- he was part of the solution.

But Peavy, who allowed two runs over six-plus innings, couldn't overcome his own teammates inability to provide him with runs when they had chances and he ended up saddled with the loss Thursday night in a 2-1 defeat to the Toronto Blue Jays.
    
"I thought Jake threw the ball well,'' said John Farrell. "He certainly deserved a better fate, given the way this one turned out.''
     
After struggling against Kansas City in his last outing, Peavy was far more crisp Thursday night. Through the first four innings, he had allowed just one runner -- Adam Lind, who doubles with two outs in the second.
     
Through six, the Jays managed just one more runner, when J.P. Arencibia singled with two down in the fifth.
     
But trying to protect a 1-0 lead in the seventh, Peavy slipped some, allowing three straight singles, which tied the game. And when reliever Craig Breslow gave up a fly out to center, it was deep enough for the go-ahead run to score.
     
"I was facing the middle of their lineup and I got away from my game plan just a little bit,'' said Peavy.
     
Jose Bautista hit a shot to third which handcuffed Will Middlebrooks, a play on which the third baseman was initially charged an error, but later, the official scorer ruled a hit.
     
Edwin Encarnacion followed with a single to center, giving the Jays runners at first and second with no out. With Brett Lawrie due, Peavy left a ball up in the zone which Lawrie smacked into center for a tying single.
     
"I've got to execute better there,'' said Peavy. "I know he's been hot but, like I said, I take full responsibility. It was the wrong pitch to throw there, and even at that, it wasn't executed. They made the most of that inning. Tough way to lose; I've got to be better.''
     
When it was pointed out to Peavy that the Sox didn't give him much support given all the baserunners they had -- 11 hits and three walks -- Peavy was having none of it.
     
"At the end of the day, we had a lead and I've got to do all I can do to hold that lead,'' said Peavy. "I wouldn't dare put that on [anyone else]. I'm sure other guys will take some responsibility, but there ain't nobody that will take any more than I am.
     
"I've got to make that one run stand up sometimes. That's got to be good enough, especially in a rubber game where you want to come out on top. I wasn't good enough. The seventh inning just got away from us. They did enough in that inning, and unfortunate, that was enough.''