(SportsNetwork.com) - Solid but nonetheless unrewarded last time out, Jake Peavy will try again to secure his first victory since late April as he takes the mound for the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night in the middle contest of a three-game set with the Cleveland Indians.
Following a victory on April 25, Peavy proceeded to go 0-2 with a 5.89 earned run average in six starts during May, though he capped the month with one of his better outings of the season. That effort, a no-decision against Atlanta on Thursday, came after Peavy allowed five runs in consecutive outings.
The right-hander gave up three runs on eight hits and a walk over a season- high eight innings of work, lowering his season ERA to 4.50 to go along with a 1-2 record.
"Peavy was great," Boston catcher David Ross said. "I thought Peavy was as good as you're going to get for him."
Peavy, who just turned 33 on Saturday, is 5-3 in 11 previous meetings with the Indians to go along with a 3.93 ERA.
The Indians will counter with T.J. House, who made his second career start and third appearance on Wednesday at the Chicago White Sox.
House seemed much more comfortable on the mound, giving up just a run on five hits and a walk in 6 1/3 innings of work. He fanned eight as well, but did not get a decision.
"He pounded the zone (and) worked both sides of the plate," said Indians manager Terry Francona of House. "He was really good. On a night we are going home pretty frustrated, that was about as encouraging a start as you will see."
The 24-year-old lefty had given up five runs on 11 hits and two walks over six innings at Baltimore to lose his first career start five days earlier, and will make his first career start at home sporting a 4.05 ERA on the season.
House will look to deal the Red Sox a second loss in a row after Boston saw its seven-game winning streak halted with a 3-2 setback last night.
Lonnie Chisenhall knocked in a pair of runs in the first inning with a single and Asdrubal Cabrera chased home another run with a base hit in the third frame as Cleveland won its fourth straight game.
Justin Masterson fanned 10 over seven scoreless frames, giving up four walks and three hits for the win. Cody Allen tossed a perfect ninth for his fourth save.
"We were fundamentally sound tonight," Masterson said. "We did what we were supposed to. We pitched pretty good and we put some runs on the board."
Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning for the Red Sox, who had recorded sweeps of Atlanta and Tampa Bay in the last week to erase the memory of a 10-game slide.
John Lackey (6-4) went the distance in defeat, allowing eight hits and three runs.
"I put myself in the situation with the two walks," Lackey said of the first inning. "Bottom line, I can't walk those two guys. I haven't been walking two guys in a game much less in an inning."
Boston won six of its seven matchups with the Indians last season and had won four in a row in Cleveland.