Coming into Tuesday’s game against the Twins, Jake Peavy had gotten through the fifth inning in all of his starts in 2014.
The key word here, however, is had.
Peavy had his worst outing of the year on Tuesday, throwing 91 pitches in just 4.1 innings and was pulled from the game with the Red Sox trailing 6-2 and Kurt Suzuki on first base.
Chris Capuano came in for relief and allowed a single to Chris Parmlee that got Suzuki to third, threw a wild pitch that advanced Plouffe to second, then struck out Eduardo Nunez and got Eduardo Escobar to ground out and end the bottom of the fifth, closing the book on Peavy.
Peavy’s final line was 4.1 innings pitched, six runs allowed on nine hits with two walks and one strikeout.
The righthander’s previous season-low was when he went 5.2 innings against the Orioles on April 20. He allowed five runs on 10 hits with four walks and five strikeouts. Trailing 5-0 when he left the game, The Red Sox came back with three runs in the sixth and two in the seventh to tie the game 5-5. Dustin Pedroia scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth when Mike Carp lined out to left and Pedroia took home on a bad throw.
Peavy could only sit and hope that the Red Sox could come back against the Twins after his poor outing in Minnesota, and he was only let off the hook when the Red Sox tied the game 6-6 in the top of the seventh to eliminate Peavy from taking his second loss of the season.