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Red Sox power past Dodgers

Posted: August 25, 2013 8:19 p.m.
Updated: August 25, 2013 8:19 p.m.
Boston Red Sox’s Shane Victorino, right, points to the sky as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis looks on Sunday in Los Angeles. Boston Red Sox’s Shane Victorino, right, points to the sky as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis looks on Sunday in Los Angeles.
Boston Red Sox’s Shane Victorino, right, points to the sky as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis looks on Sunday in Los Angeles.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jake Peavy pitched a complete-game three-hitter and the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-1 Sunday night, becoming the first team to win a series from the NL West leaders in 2½ months.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Shane Victorino and Mike Napoli homered for the Red Sox 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 an 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 victory enabled the Red Sox to regain sole position of first place in the AL East and put them a game ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays, who lost 3-2 to the Yankees in 11 innings.

The Dodgers maintained their 9½-game lead over Arizona in the NL West, following the Diamondbacks' 9-5 loss at Philadelphia.

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