While runs had been hard to come by for the Red Sox before Friday night's 10-3 victory over the Indians, Jake Peavy hasn't done much to help his own cause lately. The right-hander has allowed at least four earned runs in five of his last six starts after posting a 2.87 ERA in April.
On Saturday, he'll look to right the ship at Fenway Park against Indians rookie lefty T.J. House, whom he faced June 3 in Cleveland.
House threw 5 2/3 innings in that 5-3 Cleveland win two weeks ago, scattering two runs, two walks, six hits and four strikeouts. Peavy took the loss by allowing five runs and eight hits.
Peavy has surrendered 28 earned runs in his last 37 2/3 innings, which spans six starts. In his last start, a 4-0 loss to the Orioles on Monday, Peavy missed on a just a few pitches, but that was the difference. With the way his team's offense has backed up its starters recently, a pair of solo homers and one two-run shot by the Orioles is all it took.
Boston's offense, which entered Friday with the third-fewest runs scored in the American League, has picked up in the last two days. The Red Sox have scored at least five runs in back-to-back contests for just the second time in 16 games.
"You know that runs are a premium. We know that," Peavy said. "But you can't go out there thinking about that. If you're thinking about that, you're thinking about the wrong thing. You might be a touch careful, but that's the last thing I want to do. You've got to be aggressive. If it takes your aggressiveness away, it ends up going against you."
House, meanwhile, could lose his spot as a starter once Zach McAllister returns. McAllister is scheduled to make a rehab start with Triple-A Columbus on Saturday, lining up with House's turn in the big league rotation.
But the 24-year-old right-hander, who has a 5.24 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 2.0 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings this season, is trying to take care of his responsibilities.
"You just play. One thing I've learned early, and one thing they've always told us, is just let those guys make the decisions," House said. "That's their job. My job is to just go out there and help the team win. if I can continue to do that, then whatever happens, happens, but I'll be happy with myself, that I went out and gave this team a chance to win."
Red Sox: Pawtucket busy with rehab assignments
• Clay Buchholz had his first rehab start pushed back to Saturday after Triple-A Pawtucket's Friday night game was rained out. He has been the 15-day DL since May 28 with a hyperextended knee.
Third baseman Will Middlebrooks was scheduled to serve as the designated hitter Friday and play third Saturday as he recovers from a broken right index finger, but his schedule will be pushed back a day. He's expected to DH in Game 1 and play third in the nightcap.
Outfielder Shane Victorino is expected to play right field for Pawtucket on Saturday. He's recovering from a second hamstring injury --- one that's had him on the DL since May 23 and caused him to miss the first 22 games of the season. Boston manager John Farrell said there's no plan to play Victorino anywhere but right field during this assignment.
Left-hander Felix Doubront is scheduled to make his third rehab start Sunday with Pawtucket. He's been on the DL since May 21 with a strained left shoulder and has thrown 8 2/3 innings, allowing eight hits, four runs and a walk with five strikeouts, in a start each at Double-A Portland and Pawtucket.
Indians: Cabrera's defense takes dip
• Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera made a throwing error in the second inning Thursday night, giving him a league-high 12 miscues entering Friday. Cabrera, who made only nine errors all of last season, is on pace to surpass the career-worst 19 errors he had in 2012 with the Tribe. Indians manager Terry Francona said he is not worried about Cabrera's defense right now.
"When you say 'worried', no," Francona said. "I wish he didn't have 12. I think he's made some errors where, you can see, he's mad at himself. I think the less errors we make, the better team we're going to be. I think that's stating the obvious."
• Daniel Nava went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored Friday after going 3-for-4 Thursday. Those were his second and third multihit games of the season. Since June 4, the switch-hitter is 11-for-26 (.423). Before Thursday, Nava had just one multihit game in 24 tries.
When he was optioned to Pawtucket in May, Nava had a .130/.221/.234 slash line. It has climbed a bit to 203/.287/.301 in eight games since being recalled.
• Cleveland outfielder Nyjer Morgan has begun throwing lightly and doing running drills in the pool as he continues to rehab at the Indians' facility in Goodyear, Ariz. Morgan has been on the 60-day disabled list since suffering a right knee injury May 14 against Toronto.
Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.