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Jake Peavy pitched beautifully through eight innings, but he couldn't finish what he started and ended up with nothing to show for it.
Peavy pitched beautifully in what might be his swan song for the Sox. He allowed just a hit and a walk over the first eight innings -- the hit was a solo homer by Shin-Soo Choo -- and Dayan Viciedo finally gave him the lead with a titanic two-run homer to center off Chris Perez in the top of the inning.
A bloop and a Travis Hafner blast off the outside of the right-field foul pole later, Peavy was heading to the dugout with a tie game and a no-decision, cementing a hard-luck season with a sub-.500 record. He finished the season 11-12, but did establish team highs in innings (218) and strikeouts (194).
Matt Thornton would feel the sting of the loss three innings later, when he allowed a one-out double that came around to score via a Jason Donald walk-off single on Nate Jones' watch.
Orlando Hudson did provide a bit of a boost, going 3-for-6 with a stolen base and the Sox's first RBI, which drove in Dewayne Wise in the sixth inning. The rest of the offense lagged before and after Viciedo's homer, including Adam Dunn. He went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts, which only knocked his average down to .204, but put him within one strikeout of Mark Reynolds' single-season record of 223. He might not play tomorrow.
*After giving up the homer to Viciedo and a subsequent single to Jordan Danks, noted dolt Perez threw at Tyler Flowers' head, hitting him around the wrist instead. Flowers took a long look at Perez, and home plate umpire Paul Schrieber warned both benches for some reason, instead of ejecting Perez. Perez seemed to tell Flowers after the inning he had no intent, which might be true, since intent would require thinking.
*Dunn also committed his second error of the year when he took his eye off Brett Myers' pickoff throw, which gave up a base and put the potential winning run in scoring position. Myers pitched around it.