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Peavy helps Red Sox to 7-2 win over White Sox

  • Boston Red Sox's Jake Peavy pitches in the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Jake Peavy pitches in the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Chicago White Sox's Avisail Garcia (26) steals second base as Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts puts on a late tag in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Chicago White Sox's Avisail Garcia (26) steals second base as Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts puts on a late tag in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jarrod Saltalamacchia (39) pulls Mike Napoli's beard after Napoli scored on a double by Jonny Gomes in the third inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Jarrod Saltalamacchia (39) pulls Mike Napoli's beard after Napoli scored on a double by Jonny Gomes in the third inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Chicago White Sox's Conor Gillaspie throws to first base on a ground out by Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Chicago White Sox's Conor Gillaspie throws to first base on a ground out by Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Chicago White Sox's Gordon Beckham bobbles the throw on a double by Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli (12) in the third inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Chicago White Sox's Gordon Beckham bobbles the throw on a double by Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli (12) in the third inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Chicago White Sox's Gordon Beckham bobbles the throw on a double by Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli (12) in the third inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Chicago White Sox's Gordon Beckham bobbles the throw on a double by Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli (12) in the third inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts, right, reacts after getting the forced out on Chicago White Sox's Josh Phegley (36) but failing to turn the double play on Alejandro De Aza in the third inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts, right, reacts after getting the forced out on Chicago White Sox's Josh Phegley (36) but failing to turn the double play on Alejandro De Aza in the third inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jake Peavy pitches in the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Chicago White Sox's Avisail Garcia (26) steals second base as Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts puts on a late tag in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's Jarrod Saltalamacchia (39) pulls Mike Napoli's beard after Napoli scored on a double by Jonny Gomes in the third inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Chicago White Sox's Conor Gillaspie throws to first base on a ground out by Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Chicago White Sox's Gordon Beckham bobbles the throw on a double by Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli (12) in the third inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Chicago White Sox's Gordon Beckham bobbles the throw on a double by Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli (12) in the third inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts, right, reacts after getting the forced out on Chicago White Sox's Josh Phegley (36) but failing to turn the double play on Alejandro De Aza in the third inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON – Jake Peavy pitched seven strong innings against his former team, Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and the Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox, 7-2, last night for their sixth win in seven games.

Ellsbury also scored twice and drove in a run for the AL East-leaders. David Ortiz, who snapped an 0-for-23 stretch with a two-run single in Friday’s win, went 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI in Boston’s 15-hit attack.

Acquired in a three-team, seven-player deal on July 30 that sent Boston infielder Jose Iglesias to Detroit, Peavy spent four seasons with the White Sox. The 32-year-old right-hander went 36-29 after being picked up in a trade from San Diego on July 31, 2009.

Chicago, last in the AL Central, had won 10 of 12 before dropping the first two of a three-game series against Boston.

Peavy (11-5) allowed two runs and five singles in his sixth start for the Red Sox. He struck out four and walked one while throwing 109 pitches.

Boston broke open a tie game with three runs in the fourth against John Danks (4-11), and then scored again in the fifth.

Ellsbury’s tie-breaking ground-rule double gave the Red Sox a 3-2 lead. Dustin Pedroia then drove in run with a groundout before Ortiz lined an RBI single to left.

Rookie Xander Bogaerts, regarded as one of the top prospects in baseball, added an RBI single in the fifth that made it 6-2.

Danks gave up six runs, five earned, and 11 hits over five innings. He had won his previous two starts, allowing only two runs in 14 innings.

The Red Sox had grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first on Mike Napoli’s RBI single. Chicago tied it on Alejandro De Aza’s run-scoring groundout.

Jonny Gomes doubled home a run in the third, but the White Sox tied it again on Avisail Garcia’s RBI single.

NOTES

∎ Boston Manager John Farrell said the club expects to call up three or four players when the rosters expand today.

∎ White Sox 3B Conor Gillaspie made a diving catch of David Ross’s liner.

∎ Hall of Famer and former Red Sox and White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk was at the game.

∎ Felix Doubront (10-6, 3.74 ERA) faces Chicago’s Andre Rienzo (1-0, 4.21 ERA) in the series finale today.

∎ Chicago’s Adam Dunn is 5-for-his-last-46.

∎ Boston finished August 16-12 and Chicago went 16-13.

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