Tuesday’s Red Sox-Indians matchups: Jake Peavy vs. T.J. House

June 03, 2014 - 5:02 am

The Red Sox will face the Indians in the middle game of a three-game series on Tuesday, sending Jake Peavy to the mound against rookie southpaw T.J. House. Peavy (1-2, 4.50 ERA) was efficient in his last start on May 29 against the Braves, holding Atlanta to three earned runs over a season-high eight innings. It was a return to form for the former Cy Young Award winner, as Peavy had allowed a total of 16 earned runs over his three previous starts. "Peavy was great," said catcher David Ross after the game. "I thought Peavy was as good as you're going to get for him. I mean, he threw really well." Despite his solid start, Peavy was in line for the loss, as the Red Sox trailed 3-1 in the eighth inning. Peavy would be saved from a loss in the bottom of the frame, as Boston rallied for two runs to tie the game. The Sox would score again in the bottom of the ninth, as a Xander Bogaerts single and an error from Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella allowed Jackie Bradley Jr. to score, giving Boston the 4-3 victory. "The boys battled hard," Peavy said. "Their guy [Braves starter Mike Minor] did a really good job, but we stayed in it, caught some breaks early and got some big hits late and caught some breaks there in the ninth." Peavy's last start against the Indians came on April 14, 2013, when Peavy was still a member of the White Sox. In that appearance, Peavy was dominant, holding Cleveland to just one run over seven innings while striking out 11. In 11 career starts against the Indians, Peavy is 5-3 with a 3.93 ERA. House (0-1. 4.05 ERA) was excellent for Cleveland in his second big league start, holding the White Sox to one earned run while striking out eight over 6 1/3 innings on May 28. "On a night that we're going home pretty frustrated that was about an encouraging a start as you'll see," Indians manager Terry Francona said after the game. "He was really good." House, selected in the 16th round of the 2008 draft, was called up from the Columbus Clippers, Cleveland's Triple-A affiliate, on May 17. In seven starts with Columbus, House was 1-2 with a 2.40 ERA. He has not faced the Red Sox in his career. Red Sox vs. House (LHP) No Red Sox batters have faced House. Indians vs. Peavy (RHP) Asdrubal Cabrera (20): .250/.250/.450, 1 home run, 1 RBI Michael Brantley (19): .211/.211/.263, 1 double, 4 RBI Ryan Raburn (13): .250/.231/.750, 2 home run, 8 RBIs Jason Kipnis (9): .250/.333/1.000, 2 home run, 4 RBIs David Murphy (9): .250/.333/.500, 2 doubles, 1 walk Mike Aviles (8): .250/.250/.250, 2 singles, 1 strikeout Jason Giambi (8): .125/.125/.250, 1 double, 1 RBI Michael Bourn (6): .600/.667/1.200, 1 home run, 1 RBI Lonnie Chisenhall (5): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts Yan Gomes (2): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout George Kottaras (2): .000/.500/.000, 1 walk