BOSTON — Right-hander Jake Peavy started against his former team for the first time since the Chicago White Sox sent him to Boston in a three-team deal at the trading deadline and came away with a victory as the Red Sox beat the White Sox 7-2 on Saturday night at Fenway Park.
Peavy went seven innings, giving up two runs, five hits and a walk with four strikeouts. He improved his record to 11-5 and lowered his ERA to 3.91. Since being acquired by the Red Sox, Peavy is 3-1.
White Sox left-haner John Danks (4-11) took the loss. He pitched five innings, giving up six runs (five earned), 11 hits and one walk with two strikeouts.
The Red Sox scored three runs against Danks in the fourth inning, sending seven batters to the plate, to take a 5-2 lead.
The Sox opened the inning with three straight hits — a bunt single by David Ross, a single by Xander Bogaerts and a ground-rule double by Jacoby Ellsbury that scored Ross. Bogaerts scored on Dustin Pedroia’s groundout and Ellsbury came home on David Ortiz’s single.
Boston added a run in the sixth when Bogaerts’ two-out single scored Jonny Gomes, who opened the inning with a single, to give the Red Sox a 6-2 lead.
NOTES: The White Sox plan to call up catcher Bryan Anderson and pitcher Charlie Leesman when rosters expand on Sunday. Leesman made his major league debut earlier in August. … Infielder Chris Curley was named the Carolina League’s Most Valuable Player. Curley has 24 home runs, 90 RBIs, 89 runs and 248 total bases for the White Sox’s Winston-Salem team. It is the third straight year a Winston-Salem player has been named the to the league’s top award. … The Red Sox acquired INF John McDonald and cash considerations from the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league RHP Nefi Ogando. … The Reds Sox expect to call up three or four players on Sunday from Triple-A Pawtucket, likely a pitcher, a catcher and an infielder. … 1B/OF Mike Carp, who was sidelined the last few days with soreness in his left shoulder, was available off the bench on Saturday night. … RHP Daniel Bard, who has struggled since attempting to transition from the bullpen to the starting rotation last season, has joined high-Class A Lowell from the rookie Gulf Coast League. Lowell’s regular season ends Wednesday. … RHP Clay Buchholz, who has been on the DL since June 9 with what was eventually diagnosed as inflammation of the bursa sac of his right shoulder, is expected to make one more rehab start on Wednesday with Pawtucket. That would be his third rehab outing. … Ortiz entered Saturday’s game with 1,994 career hits.