BOSTON - Jake Peavy put in one of his better starts of the year, but a win just wasn't in the cards on Saturday.
Sometimes, that's just the way it goes.
Peavy pitched six innings of one-run baseball, more than enough to put his team in position to win the game, but just as he got the outs when he needed them most, so did Cleveland's pitching staff.
It seemed as though the Indians threatened to score just about every inning of this game, but when an out was Peavy's only option, he got it.
The Indians stranded 13 runners on base Saturday, nine with Peavy on the mound. He held the Indians hitless in seven at-bats with runners in scoring position, lowering his opponent average with runners in scoring position this season to .230 (20-for-87).
"On our side I thought Jake did a great job of making a number of big pitches with men on, men in scoring position," John Farrell said. "Yeah, there were opportunities on both sides that came up empty. You can credit good pitching on both sides to make a key pitch. Jake gave us a quality start. I thought he and A.J. [Pierzynski] worked well together."
Terry Francona put out a very heavy-lefty lineup against the righty Peavy. Seven of the nine batters hit from the left side, making things extra difficult for him.
"Anytime you face [seven] left-handed hitters in a lineup you know it's going to be a grind," Peavy said. "A lot of good hitters, a lot of professional at-bats over there. It was a lot of what we expected going in: a grind."
In all, Peavy allowed seven hits, two walks, and hit two more batters. He struck out five and threw 105 total pitches, 63 for strikes. He lowered his ERA to 4.53 on the year.
"You can't have any balls leak back over the middle of the plate," Peavy said of the difficulties in facing so many lefties. "You have to be as good as you could ever be glove side throwing the ball. Obviously for me the ball wants to come back left to right."
But Peavy did his job against all those lefties. The Sox offense once again didn't do theirs on games when he pitches. Peavy has the lowest run support average on the Sox at 3.19. Going into Saturday, that was the second-lowest mark in the AL.