The good news for Jake Peavy? He didn’t give up five or more runs for the fifth time in six outings.
The bad news? The Red Sox offense was baffled by Orioles starter Bud Norris all Monday night, tallying just three hits as the Sox were shut out in the opening game of a three-game set in Baltimore.
Baltimore put on a power show, lighting up Peavy for three home runs; all the offense the O’s would need as their starter did the rest.
Peavy went a full seven frames, allowing four runs on eight hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. This was the first time Peavy gave up three homers in a start since being traded to the Red Sox on July 31, 2013.
Adam Jones got the Orioles on the board in the bottom of the first, hitting a solo shot to centerfield after the Red Sox turned a double play.
Peavy kept the Sox in it over the next three frames, allowing no runs and just three baserunners from the second through the fourth innings, but the Red Sox couldn’t take advantage.
Nick Markakis made it 3-0 Orioles with a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth right after Ryan Flaherty singled with one out. Flaherty added a solo homer of his own in the bottom of the seventh.
Peavy was very accurate on the night, throwing 66 of his 94 total pitches for strikes. It was the fewest pitches this season Peavy threw while still going seven full innings; Monday was also only the third time this year that Peavy made it through the seventh.
Peavy’s season ERA of 4.72 rose .04 to 4.76 in the loss. His next start is slated for Saturday, when the Red Sox take on the Indians in the third game of a four-game series at Fenway.