Jake Peavy is battling through the season, often coming up winless as he watches balls leave the yard.
The veteran Red Sox righty hasn't picked up a victory in his last 12 starts, something he'll look to change when he takes the mound against young righty Kevin Gausman and the Orioles on Sunday at Fenway Park.
Peavy has given up 17 home runs in 17 starts, posting a 4.82 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. In June, his ERA was 5.40 and opponents hit .287/.344/.490 against him.
The Red Sox have scored two runs or fewer in 13 of Peavy's 17 outings, so even when he's been good --- like the two runs over six innings he allowed Monday against the Cubs, who shut out the Boston offense that night--- he hasn't gotten help.
"You just go out and try to give your team the best chance that you can give them on that night to win," Peavy said. "And I've got to do a better job of that. It's going to change. This isn't going to keep happening. I promise you, I've got my head down and working. It'll change. There's going to be games where we score five, six, seven runs on the day I start. I'm not going to believe that this is how it's going to be for the next 16 or 17 starts."
Gausman, meanwhile, will make his first start since June 27, when he allowed five runs on seven hits and four walks over five frames. The Orioles have shuffled their 2012 first-round Draft pick around the system this year, calling on him in June for four starts with Miguel Gonzalez injured.
The 23-year-old made three quality starts in June while a regular in the rotation. But in that last outing he struggled with command, throwing 50 strikes on 95 pitches against the Rays.
"I think we all search for the why, but a lot of it just has to do with a young pitcher having an inconsistent day today," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said.
Red Sox: Drew shows power in doubleheader
• Public opinion can often be fickle and swaying, so maybe it will change on Stephen Drew soon.
Drew has had a rough start to 2014, posting a .136/.174/.182 slash line in 19 games entering Saturday. But in the twin bill against the Orioles, he broke out.
Drew homered in both games of the doubleheader, getting the Red Sox on the board for the first time in each. The last time he went deep twice in the same day, Drew hit two homers against the Orioles on June 27, 2013.
His first long ball Saturday came in the second inning of Game 1, when he sent a solo shot over the right-field bullpen. In Game 2, he did the same to a similar spot, but it was a two-run shot in the fourth.
"It's something that I've dealt with my whole career," Drew said of the scrutiny from fans and media. "Everybody deals with it. I know my talent and I know it was going to be tough coming in the way I started. I'm going to keep my head high and it's going to come around."
Drew went 2-for-6 in the two games.
Orioles: Machado returns to lineup after suspension
• Manny Machado's five-game suspension ended after Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader, and he played third and batted seventh in the nightcap. He went 2-for-5 with a double and two strikeouts.
Machado went through a long appeal of the ban, which was eventually upheld. He received it for throwing his bat down the third-base line against the Athletics on June 8. The 23-year-old also got into an altercation with Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson in that series. Both incidents resulted in bench clearings on both sides.
• Red Sox slugger David Ortiz missed the first game of Saturday's doubleheader because of his daughter's high school graduation in the Dominican Republic. He was back in the lineup batting fourth during the nightcap.
• The Red Sox called up lefty Tommy Layne as their 26th man for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader. The 29-year-old has made 40 relief appearances with the Padres in the last two seasons.
Layne inherited a pair of runners with one out in the sixth and the Orioles leading 6-4. He walked the first batter he faced on four pitches, but retired the next two to end the inning.
• Mike Yastrzemski --- grandson of Red Sox great and Hall of Famer Carl --- hit for the cycle Saturday for the Frederick Keys, a Class A affiliate of the Orioles. He completed it with a triple in the ninth and finished 5-for-6 with five RBIs. The Keys routed the Lynchburg Hillcats, 17-3.
Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.