Jake Peavy allowed just three hits as the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-1 to become the first team to win a series from the National League West leaders in two and a half months.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Shane Victorino and Mike Napoli homered for the Red Sox in the interleague game on the anniversary of the blockbuster nine-player trade in which the Dodgers acquired Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto from Boston.
Gonzalez hit his 17th homer, driving a 0-2 pitch to center field with one out in the fourth for the Dodgers’ first hit after the Red Sox staked Peavy to a 3-0 lead.
The Red Sox were the first team to win a series from the Dodgers since June 14 to June 16, when Pittsburgh took two of three. Los Angeles are 46-12 since June 22.
In the American League, Curtis Granderson hit a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning as the New York Yankees avoided a three-game sweep by defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2.
Alfonso Soriano started the winning rally with a one-out double off Jamey Wright (2-2). He stole third and came home on Granderson’s fly-ball to center.
Jordan Danks homered after replacing the injured Avisail Garcia, backing a solid start by his brother John and helping the surging Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 5-2.
Also in the American League, the Toronto Blue Jays claimed a late 2-1 win over the Houston Astros, the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 3-1, the Baltimore Orioles trounced the Oakland Athletics 10-3 and the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Seattle Mariners 7-1.
In interleague games, the Kansas City Rangers beat the Washington Nationals 6-4 and the Detroit Tigers defeated the New York Mets 11-3.
In the National League, Mike Minor bounced back from the shortest outing of his career with seven strong innings to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 5-2 win over the St Louis Cardinals.
Atlanta, who have the best record in the National League, salvaged the finale of the four-game set.
Andrelton Simmons hit his 12th homer for the Braves, who closed out a 2-4 road trip.
Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay pitched six effective innings on his return from the disabled list and John Mayberry Jr homered as the Phillies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-5.
Also in the National League, the San Francisco Giants blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0, the Milwaukee Brewers downed the Cincinnati Reds 3-1, the Colorado Rockies edged the Florida Marlins 4-3 and the San Diego Padres were 3-2 winners over the Chicago Cubs over 15 innings.