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Red Sox Power Past Dodgers 8-1

Boston Red Sox's Shane Victorino, left, watches his ball go out for a solo home run along with Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Chris Withrow during the seventh inning of their baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Boston Red Sox’s Shane Victorino, left, watches his ball go out for a solo home run along with Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Chris Withrow during the seventh inning of their baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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 2 1/2 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 9 1/2-game lead over Arizona in the NL West, following the Diamondbacks’ 9-5 loss at Philadelphia.