The Red Sox who carried the leagued best record proved why they are the dominate team and caused the Dodgers to lose their first series since June 22nd.
Ahead 1-0, Dustin Pedroia hit a sacrifice fly to center that scored Jacoby Ellsbury in the third inning. Xavier Bogaerts connected on a RBI double to center that scored Will Middlebrooks for the 3-0 lead n the fourth inning.
On an 0-2 pitch, Adrian Gonzalez blasted a solo home run deep to center that placed the Dodgers on the scoreboard as they trailed 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning. That was Gonzalez' 17th homer run on the season.
"I don't like facing Adrian Gonzalez," said Peavy. "He's an extremely good player, but that can't happen there on 0-2. I've got to make a better pitch. I was trying to change his eye level way higher than it was. When I played with him, he hit about 40 a year, so I've seen that multiple times.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia knocked a two run home run off rookie reliever Chris Withrow in the sixth inning with the 5-1 lead. Withrow also gave up a solo home run to Shane Victorino in the seventh inning.
Chris Capuano (4-7) had a terrible outing and gave up three runs and six hits in six innings of work.
Brandon League also gave up a two run home run to Mike Napoli in the ninth inning that scored Pedroia.
The Dodgers despite the loss, still maintain a 9.5 game lead over Arizona in the NL West.
"You never want to lose two games in a row," Carl Crawford said. "But we've just got to get back to doing what we do, put these two games behind us real quick and get back to our winning ways."
The victory allowed the Red Sox to take a 1.5 game lead in the competitive AL East over the Tampa Bay Rays, who lost to the New York Yankees in extra innings.
"I think this was a good little lesson for us," manager Don Mattingly said regarding the two game loss.
Jake Peavy (10-5) went the distance for only the 16th time in his career as he struck out five, with one walk. Peavy's ERA is 3.31 and has a 2-1 record since he was traded from the Chicago White Sox. Ironically the Dodgers could've had an opportunity to acquire Peavy at one point during the trade talks.
Peavy spoke about the win against the Dodgers, "fortunately we were able to put a good game plan together. Tonight was a very big night for us, and we knew that. We had to come in here and play a very good team that hadn't lost a series in quite a while. You watch them on tape, then watch them get ready for a game, and you see why they've been so successful."
The Dodgers will try to turn the page as the Chicago Cubs come to Dodger Stadium for a three game series beginning on Monday night.