Game 34: Reds at Red Sox - Can Peavy help Sox to Cincy sweep?

Ben Whitehead
Contributing Writer

An extra-inning walk-off by Grady Sizemore moved the Boston Red Sox to within one game of .500 for the ninth time this season. They haven't had an even record since April 4 when the Sox were 2-2.

That feat can be accomplished tonight as Jake Peavy tries to pick up a sweep for Boston against the Cincinnati Reds. Peavy is unblemished against Cincinnati in his career, boasting a 6-0 record with a 2.14 ERA in 10 career starts. Peavy's ERA against the Reds is his best against any team he's faced at least three times and it's the second-best among active pitchers vs. Cincinnati.

For the season, Peavy is 1-1 with a 2.87 ERA and coming off consecutive quality starts. He took the loss against the Rays in his last start, however, giving up two runs on three hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Here is the Red Sox (16-17) lineup for tonight's game (first pitch - 7:10 pm ET):

1) Pedroia, 2B
2) Victorino, RF
3) Ortiz, DH
4) Napoli, 1B
5) Sizemore, LF
6) Pierzynski, C
7) Bradley Jr., CF
8) Middlebrooks, 3B
9) Herrera, SS

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Mike Leake will start for the Reds (15-17). Leake has a 3.53 ERA this year and dropped to 2-3 with a loss in his most recent outing. He went seven innings against Atlanta, but allowed four runs on eight hits in the loss.

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Xander Bogaerts gets the night off and the Sox have the day off tomorrow to travel to Texas. Bogaerts ranks last on the team with RISP with a .125 average (4-for-32) ... David Ortiz played his 2,000th career game in the extra-inning win Tuesday. Fittingly, he stayed in the entire game and scored the winning run ... Boston gets a day off before facing the Rangers in Texas for a three-game series. The Sox get another off day to head north to Minnesota for a three-game series against the Twins after that.

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