Thursday's Red Sox-Braves matchups: Jake Peavy vs. Mike Minor

May 29, 2014 - 8:46 am
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The Red Sox close out their series with the Braves on Thursday when they send Jake Peavy to the mound against Mike Minor. Peavy (1-2, 4.65 ERA) ran his winless streak to five games with a no-decision Saturday at Tampa Bay, but not for a lack of support. The right-hander took the mound at Tropicana Field with a five-run cushion but gave up five of his own on eight hits over six innings in a game in which the Sox lost in 15 innings, 6-5. It was the first game this year in which Peavy did not surrender a home run, but he gave up five runs or more for the third straight outing to push his ERA to 6.59 in May. "That's tough, there's no excuse," Peavy said after the game. "I've got to be able to hold that lead and make it stand up with as bad as we're going. When things are going bad, they're going bad. Can't catch a break. You make David Price throw [34] pitches and give up five [runs], and to not win that game is frustrating." Peavy is 3-4 with a 3.86 ERA in eight career starts against the Braves. His last start against Atlanta came on July 20, 2013, in his second-to-last outing as a member of the White Sox. Peavy gave up four runs -- two earned -- on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts over six innings in a 10-6 Chicago win. Peavy has had relative success against most of the current Braves lineup, except for Justin Upton. Upton is 6-for-9 with a home run and five RBIs against Peavy in his career. If the Red Sox hope to find more success hitting home runs, Minor (2-3, 3.90 ERA) may be the pitcher to do that against. Seven of the left-hander's 13 runs allowed this season have come via the long ball, including a pair of homers in his latest outing Saturday against Colorado. Minor gave up three runs on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings in a 3-1 Rockies win. "It was a battle today and I didn't feel like I had my best stuff," Minor said after the game. "There were a couple of defensive plays that kept me in the game. Obviously, the solo shots is what killed us." Minor enters Thursday's outing against the Red Sox coming off three straight quality starts. The 26-year-old is 2-1 with a 2.29 ERA and 17 strikeouts in his last three starts. Minor has just one career start against the Sox, and it was a forgettable one, on June 24, 2012. He lasted just 4 2/3 innings and allowed seven runs (four earned) on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts in a 9-4 loss. Minor gave up hits to Dustin Pedroia and Daniel Nava in that game. Braves vs. Peavy (RHP) Dan Uggla (16 plate appearances): .214 AVG/.313 OBP/.643 SLG, 1 HR, 1 triple, 1 double, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts Ryan Doumit (15): .200/.200/.267, 1 double, 4 strikeouts B.J. Upton (9): .250/.333/.375, 1 double, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts Justin Upton (9): .667/.667/1.222, 1 HR, 1 triple, 5 RBIs, 1 strikeout Freddie Freeman (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 RBI Evan Gattis (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double Chris Johnson (3): .000/.000/.000 Gerald Laird has a strikeout in his two career plate appearances. Andrelton Simmons is hitless in his two plate appearances. Red Sox vs. Minor (LHP) Daniel Nava (3 plate appearances): .333 AVG/.333 OBP/.333 SLG, 1 strikeout Dustin Pedroia (3): .500/.667/.500, 1 walk Jonny Gomes has a double and a strikeout in his two career plate appearances.

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