HOUSTON - Jake Peavy (1-8) allowed six hits and three runs with a season-high nine strikeouts in seven-plus to extend his career-long losing streak to eight games. He hasn't won since April 25 as the Red Sox have struggled to score when he's on the mound.
"I think his run support is probably less than three runs a game on the year, and the way he's pitched isn't reflected in his won-loss record," manager John Farrell said. "He can only control so much, and what he was able to control (Saturday), he was outstanding at, and that was leaving guys in scoring position."
David Ortiz sent the first pitch of the fourth inning several rows back into the seats in right field to get Boston within 2-1.
Jackie Bradley Jr. singled to start the fifth inning before consecutive singles by Brock Holt and Dustin Pedroia loaded the bases with one out. Houston starter Brett Oberholtzer escaped the jam when Ortiz grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Bradley and Betts hit back to back singles to start the seventh before Oberholtzer was replaced by Fields with one out.
Pedroia's sacrifice fly came next to tie it before Houston intentionally walked Ortiz. Fields limited the damage by striking out Mike Napoli.
That was all the Red Sox could manage and Houston pulled ahead in the eighth with what turned out to be the deciding run.