The last time Red Sox starter Jake Peavy threw a quality start, Braves hurler Mike Minor was getting roughed up in his second turn of 2014. Since then, Minor has recorded three straight quality starts while Peavy has struggled.
Atlanta hopes these trends continue as the club tries to avoid a four-game series sweep at the hands of Boston. The Braves have proved to be a cure for the Red Sox, who came to Turner Field on Memorial Day having lost 10 straight games.
Boston has scored 18 runs against Atlanta this week for an average of six runs per game. However, Peavy has given up five earned runs or more in three consecutive starts, which would render almost any good offensive showing moot.
On Saturday at Tropicana Field, the Red Sox gave Peavy five runs in the top of the first against Rays ace David Price, but Peavy failed to preserve the cushion, letting Tampa Bay tie the game in a three-run fifth with four hits.
Peavy, who has surrendered four hits or fewer in four of his 10 starts this season, took a no-decision as the Rays won the game, 6-5, in 15 innings.
"That's tough, there's no excuse," said Peavy. "I've got to be able to hold that lead and make it stand up with as bad as we're going. When things are going bad, they're going bad. Can't catch a break. You make David Price throw  pitches and give up five [runs] and to not win that game is frustrating."
A.J. Pierzynski provided the big blast in that first inning for Peavy with a three-run homer. The right-hander may get some more long balls in support with Minor on the mound for Atlanta.
Seven of the 13 runs Minor has given up in five starts this season have come on homers. The left-hander surrendered two in his most recent start, a 3-1 loss to the Rockies on Saturday at Turner Field.
Minor said he felt like he did not have his "best stuff" against Colorado, but he still managed to surrender only four hits in his fourth quality start of 2014.
"The two-seamer wasn't running back as much as it usually did in previous games," Minor said. "So I was missing with that and I was just falling deeper into counts and throw it more over the plate."
Red Sox: Buchholz placed on the DL
The Red Sox placed Clay Buchholz on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with a hyperextended left knee and recalled reliever Alex Wilson from Triple-A Pawtucket in a corresponding roster move.
"We are going to be cautious," Boston manager John Farrell said. "We don't want to put him at risk of further injury, whether that is the knee or elsewhere."
Braves: La Stella promoted, makes Major League debut
Tommy La Stella, the No. 7 prospect in Atlanta's organization, made his Major League debut on Wednesday night after earning a promotion from Triple-A Gwinnett earlier in the day to help address the Braves' woes at second base. La Stella went 2-for-4 with two singles.
Dan Uggla, Ramiro Pena and Tyler Pastornicky have compiled a MLB-worst average (.165) and the second-worst OPS (.503) at second base in 2014.
La Stella finished 2-for-4 in a 4-0 loss to the Red Sox, recording his first Major League hit in his second at-bat with a single up the middle against John Lackey.
• The Braves have won only two of their past 10 road games. Atlanta's 10 road victories are the fewest among division leaders this season.
• The Red Sox improved to 23-29 with Wednesday night's victory, putting them nine games behind their pace through 52 games last season.
Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.