Jake Peavy managed to cool down the red-hot Dodgers, put the Red Sox back in first place and support a great cause all in one night.
The right-hander pledged to donate $300 to the Jimmy Fund for every strikeout made by either the Red Sox or the Dodgers on Sunday to support cancer research. Peavy made the pledge in recognition of his 300th major league start and in tribute to his grandmother, Dama Lolley, and former Padres bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds — both of whom lost their battles with cancer.
The Sox beat the Dodgers 8-1 to move back into first place in the American League East. Los Angeles’ pitchers struck out seven and Peavy struck out five in a complete game to cement his donation, which will go toward supporting the Jimmy Fund and Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, which funds care and research of adult and pediatric cancer.
The proceeds will be added to the total of the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon, which takes place Aug. 27 and 28.