Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - The Boston Red Sox have done what no other team has been capable of doing over the last two-plus months: take a series from the otherworldly Los Angeles Dodgers.
Buoyed by ex-Dodger Shane Victorino and a complete-game gem from Jake Peavy, the visiting Red Sox captured the rubber match of this three-game interleague set with an 8-1 victory at Chavez Ravine on Sunday night, the one-year anniversary of the monster deal between the two clubs.
The win, coupled with Tampa Bay's loss, gave Boston a one-game lead over the Rays in the battle for AL East supremacy.
Victorino doubled and scored in the first inning, dropped down a sacrifice bunt that led to a run in the third and belted a solo homer in the seventh.
Peavy (10-5), meanwhile, limited the Dodgers to three hits in his 300th career start. The right-hander's lone blemish was Adrian Gonzalez's fourth-inning homer.
Los Angeles failed to win a series for the first time since losing two of three at Pittsburgh from June 14-16.
That streak wasn't the only one to end.
The Dodgers came in having won each of Chris Capuano's (4-7) last seven starts, but the Massachusetts native absorbed his first loss since July 4 after allowing three runs on six hits in five frames.