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Sunday, April 20th (All times eastern)
Baltimore Orioles (8-8) at Boston Red Sox (8-10), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Baltimore - Ubaldo Jimenez (0-3, 7.31) Boston - Jake Peavy (0-0, 1.93)
(SportsNetwork,com) - Jake Peavy takes aim at his first win of the season on Sunday when the Boston Red Sox continue their four-game series with the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park.
Peavy has been remarkably consistent through his first three starts, going at least six innings, while surrendering two runs or less in each outing. But, despite a 1.93 ERA Peavy has yet to record a decision.
His offense failed him on Tuesday in Chicago, as he held his former team, the White Sox, to just a run and three hits over six innings. He also struck out eight, but issued four free passes as well.
"We battled through six, gave us a chance to win," said Peavy. "That's what I'm trying to do on my fifth day."
Peavy has faced the Orioles three times and is 2-0 against them with a 3.15 ERA.
Baltimore, meanwhile, sill counter with a winless pitcher of its own, but one who hasn't been nearly as effective as Peavy in Ubaldo Jimenez, who is 0-3 with a 7.31 ERA.
Jimenez was thrashed again last Sunday against Toronto, as he allowed five runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. He has surrendered at least four runs in each of his three starts this season.
Jimenez has allowed 13 runs on 23 hits over his first three starts this season, with 13 strikeouts and 10 walks. Over 30 career starts during March and April, Jimenez is 10-12 with a 5.20 ERA, his highest ERA in any month.
"If you look at his history, (Jimenez) gets better as the year goes along," said Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He's better than that."
The Red Sox battered Jimenez for four runs in six innings back on April 2, dropping him to 1-3 lifetime against them with a 10.27 ERA in five starts.
Boston bounced back from a loss in Friday's opener on Saturday, as Brock Holt scorched a go-ahead triple in the bottom of the seventh inning to boost the Red Sox to a 4-2 win. David Ortiz finished 2-for-4 with a solo homer for Boston, which has won three of four.
Junichi Tazawa (1-0), who replaced starter Felix Doubront in the seventh and recorded the final out of the frame, then spun a perfect eighth before Koji Uehara worked around a leadoff walk in the ninth to nail down his fourth save of the season.
"They continue to go out and pound the strike zone," Boston manager John Farrell said of Tazawa and Uehara. "Two guys we rely on heavily late in games."
Nelson Cruz collected two of Baltimore's five hits and drove in both runs for the Orioles, who had a three-game win streak halted.
The benches also emptied in this one, as Boston catcher David Ross took exception to a pitch from Baltimore starter Bud Norris.
"Just a couple pulled balls at my head, and it kind of rattled me a little bit," Ross said. "Probably said some things I shouldn't have said. But it's all good. Baseball stuff."
The Red Sox have won three of five from the O's this season.
Prior to Sunday's game, the Red Sox will commemorate the one-year anniversary of last year's Boston Marathon tragedy.
04/20 10:25:42 ET