In the eighth, Jake Peavy capped a impressive performance when he induced five-time All-Star Joe Mauer to hit a popup to shallow left field with the tying run at third base to end a threat.
"We would have liked to have played better in Detroit and Boston," said Peavy, referring to the Sox's 1-6 record against those teams in the span. "But you see the resiliency and attitude of this team. We truly show up to play every day. We have nothing in mind Friday night but beating (the Angels)."
Thursday's day off appears to be a reward for a Sox team that started 3-7 on its second half journey and coped with the arm fatigue of 12-game winner Chris Sale to win seven of its final nine games, including four of six on the road at in Texas and Minnesota.
"You want to be consistent from here on out," said Peavy (9-7), who struck out eight and allowed five hits. "Love the moves (general manager) Kenny Williams has made. We're going to regroup and have a few off days in the next few weeks. We're excited about the off-day, to take care of business. Those off-days help so we can keep running our regular guys out there and it helps pitching-wise, to give Sale some extra rest and not abuse guys."
Tyler Flowers, starting in place of catcher A.J. Pierzynski, began the winning rally in the eighth with his second single and scored when Alejandro De Aza's line drive up the middle caromed off left-hander Scott Diamond.
"A.J. is going well, so it's hard to find times to mix and match (Flowers) in there," Peavy said. "We have a great mixture behind the plate."
Reed earned his second save in as many games despite putting the tying run on base for the second consecutive game.
"I like to make it a little interesting," Reed smiled.
Ventura stood by his rookie closer after his second consecutive close call.
"It's the life of being a closer for him," Ventura said. "He's used to it. It doesn't seem to affect him, even when you get games where it doesn't go so well. He bounces back with the same attitude, which you must have."
After passing his latest test, Reed was ready for the next challenge.
"It's going to be nice to go home and play in front of our home fans and be in our own beds," Reed said. "But it's fun playing anywhere. It's just a little nicer playing at home."