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Peavy solid but bullpen can't pick him up

6/14/2014

BOSTON -- When all was said and done after the first six innings of Saturday's game, Red Sox right-hander Jake Peavy had done his part on the mound.

He pitched a quality outing, holding the Cleveland Indians offense to one run on seven hits. He battled through tough spots, keeping their bats hitless in seven chances with runners in scoring position. Above all, he left with a chance to pick up a win, one that would be his first since April 25 against the Toronto Blue Jays.

However, in his own words, things weren't meant to be for that win to go down in the books.

In a series of frustrating events, the Red Sox lost the one-run lead Peavy staked them to in the seventh inning, allowing two unearned runs to score and leaving Peavy winless for the ninth consecutive start in their eventual 3-2 loss. The right-hander remains at 1-4 on the season, the lowest number of wins among American League pitchers with 14 or more games started.

"Wins and losses are all that matter," Peavy said. "We lost so obviously there's disappointment anytime that goes down."

Entering Saturday's contest, the Red Sox offense had averaged 3.19 runs with Peavy on the mound, the second-lowest mark among starters in the AL. With the team mustering only two runs against Cleveland left-hander T.J. House, it was more of the same for Peavy, who voiced his frustration.

"Obviously it's been tough to score on my day, that's something I'm not going to shy away from," Peavy said. "I'm not blaming anybody. I've got to be better. The guys have got to be better on my day to find a way to win. It's frustrating, there's no doubt. At the end of the day it's frustrating to lose."

Although Peavy refrained from pointing the finger, several of his teammates owned up to their roles in the loss. Craig Breslow, who came on in relief of Peavy in the seventh and was charged with the two runs, said it's his and the rest of the bullpen's job to maintain a lead regardless of the circumstances. Meanwhile, catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who committed a key error in the seventh on a tag at home plate to allow the tying run to score, was particularly hard on himself.

"[Peavy] was great, he deserved a win," Pierzynski said. "He battled the whole six innings, one run. He left with the lead. We had a chance to shut them down and we didn't do it. It's all my fault."

After being told what Pierzynski said, Peavy stood up for his battery mate, acknowledging that "stuff happens." Still, having grinded through an Indians lineup that stacked five lefties and three switch-hitters against him, resulting in 25 of the 28 batters he faced batting from the left side of the box, Peavy knew that he had done his job.

"You just try to do what you can do to win," he said. "We'll try to do as much as we can to get ready for Oakland and give us a chance to win."