LOS ANGELES -- The Red Sox rode the strong starting pitching of Jake Peavy and a balanced 12-hit attack that featured three homers to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 8-1.
The win gave the Red Sox their second straight series win while handing the Dodgers their first series loss since the middle of June. The Dodgers had won or tied their last 18 series in a row. Until Saturday, the Dodgers had lost just three times this month. The Red Sox then beat them twice in as many tries.
Until this weekend, the Dodgers hadn't lost back-to-back games to the same team since June 20-21 at San Diego. They hadn't lost back-to-back games at home to the same team since June 8-9 when Atlanta won two in a row at Dodger Stadium.
Peavy won his second start since joining the Red Sox at the trade deadline, holding the Dodgers to just three hits in a complete game effort. One, a solo homer by Adrian Gonzalez, produced the Dodgers' only run of the night. It was the fourth complete of the season for the Red Sox and second in this series. John Lackey went eight innings in a losing effort Friday in the series opener.
For the second straight game, the Sox took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a run-scoring hit from Mike Napoli, who doubled home Shane Victorino in the first.
A sacrifice fly from Dustin Pedroia and a double from Xander Bogaerts -- resulting in his first RBI in the majors -- pushed the lead to 3-0 before Gonzalez cut into the lead with his 17th homer.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia's two-run homer in the sixth and a solo shot from Shane Victorino in the seventh gave Peavy and the Red Sox some breathing room.
Napoli closed out the scoring in the ninth with a titanic homer to left with Pedroia (three hits) aboard.
STAR OF THE GAME: Jake Peavy
Peavy turned in his best outing in a Red Sox uniform, going the distance in a three-hitter in which his only mistake was an 0-and-2 pitch to Adrian Gonzalez, which Gonzalez hit out to deep center.
HONORABLE MENTION: Mike Napoli
Napoli drove in the first run with a double in the first and closed out the scoring with a monster blast into the left field seats for the final two in the ninth. He has five hits in his last two games and four RBI, too.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Carl Crawford
After Crawford was a pain in the Red Sox' sides Friday in the series opener with two hits, two steals and a run scored, he wasn't much of a factor Sunday, going 1-for-4 with two strikeouts and failed to jump-start the Dodgers offense.
TURNING POINT: A number of Red Sox players talked about the play made by Shane Victorino to hold Skip Schumaker to a single to open the fourth. Victorino cut the ball off in the gap and made a quick throw back into the infield. That held Schumaker to a single, instead of a leadoff double, which could have changed the inning greatly.
BY THE NUMBERS: The Red Sox became the first team to beat the Dodgers in consecutive games at home since Atlanta did in early June.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "They've got some guys who can swing the bat over there, so to hold them to just one run is what we needed." -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia on Jake Peavy.