BOSTON - The Red Sox were 2-2 on April 4. Little did they know it would take them another month and three days to get back to the .500 level again.
They finally broke even Wednesday night, rallying twice from behind, to overtake the Cincinnati Reds, 4-3. Before Wednesday night, the Red Sox had lost the last eight previous games that would have lifted them to the .500 mark.
A.J. Pierzynski's ground-rule double down the right field line scored Mike Napoli with the tying run and Will Middlebrooks, who was 4-for-26 on the homestand before the eighth inning, drove a single through the middle to put the Red Sox ahead for good.
Koji Uehara nailed the down the ninth with his eighth save.
Starter Jake Peavy allowed just two runs over the first six innings, but when he failed to retire any of the three batters he faced in the seventh.
Chris Capuano and Burke Badenhop got the next three hitters, but Todd Frazier scored the go-ahead run on a groundout to second base.
The Sox were blanked over the first five innings by Reds starter Mike Leake, showed signs of life in the sixth. Following singles by Jonathan Herrera and Shane Victorino, David Ortiz singled home one run and Napoli doubled home another.
But with two runners in scoring position, Grady Sizemore hit a broken-bat roller to second, forcing Ortiz to stay anchored at third and after an intentional walk to Pierzynski, Leake got Jackie Bradley Jr. to leave the bases loaded with a fielder's choice.
Cincinnati used a double from Chris Heisey and homer into the bullpen by Skip Schumaker to forge a 2-0 lead off Peavy in the third inning.
Star of the Game: Will Middlebrooks
Middlebrooks had been just 4-for-26 on the homestand but came through with the game-winning hit, a bases loaded single, in the bottom of the eighth.
Honorable Mention: Jake Peavy
Peavy gave the Red Sox his 6th quality start in seven tried this season, pitching into the seventh while allowing just three runs.
Goat of the Game: Dustin Pedroia
For just the second time in his career, Pedroia stuck out four times, including three times in the final three Innings, stranding five in the process.
Turning Point: In the seventh inning, Peavy left a bases-loaded, no out jam. But Chris Capuano and Burke Badenhop got the final three outings while allowing just one run when he damage could have been far worse
By the numbers: The Red Sox had lost their previous eight times when given a chance to get to .500
Quote of Note: "Yesterday after the game, everybody was all happy so I said, 'Don't be afraid tomorrow to get to .500." - A.J. Pierzynski