BOSTON - Jake Peavy tipped his hat to the crowd as he left the mound to a standing ovation after his first start since joining the Boston Red Sox.
A smile would have to wait.
"I was upset giving up that hit," Peavy said after allowing four hits, one of them against his final batter in Boston's 5-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday. "I hope every last person knows it from the bottom of my heart: (the ovation) was something special."
Shane Victorino low-fives Red Sox teammate David Ortiz after hitting a solo homer in the fifth inning of Boston’s 5-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday. Victorino finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Shane Victorino, a St. Anthony High School alumnus, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered for the Red Sox.
Victorino knew what he was going to do after the victory.
"Great team win!!!!! Awesome start by @JakePeavy_44. Now time for #UFC163," Victorino tweeted.
Jonny Gomes threw a runner out at the plate to protect a one-run lead in the eighth and preserve the win for Peavy, who was acquired from the Chicago White Sox late Tuesday in a three-team trade.
"Jonny Gomes might be my favorite player in the big leagues," Peavy told reporters after the game with a broad smile on his face.
Peavy (8-5) struck out seven batters and walked two, giving up Paul Goldschmidt's homer in the fourth and leaving with a 3-1 lead after a leadoff single in the eighth.
Koji Uehara pitched the ninth for his 10th save for the Red Sox.
Arizona's Patrick Corbin (12-3) allowed three runs in six-plus innings.
Peavy left after giving up a leadoff single to Wil Nieves in the eighth, then the Diamondbacks loaded the bases against Craig Breslow. Aaron Hill singled off Junichi Tazawa to make it 3-2, but Gomes threw out Cliff Pennington when he tried to score from second.
"We're aggressive," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said, defending third-base coach Matt Williams. "I make mistakes, Matty makes mistakes, players make mistakes at times. We stand behind each other."