Postgame notes: Dempster gets a few games worth of runs

Postgame notes: Dempster gets a few games worth of runs
September 5, 2013, 2:00 am
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Ryan Dempster had plenty of run support on Wednesday and cruised to his eighth win of the season.

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BOSTON – Ryan Dempster was the beneficiary of the Red Sox offensive barrage Wednesday night. He earned the win, as the Sox thrashed the Tigers, 20-4 in the finale of the nine-game homestand.
 
Dempster went six innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks  with seven strikeouts and a home run. He threw 100 pitches, 64 for strikes, improving to 8-9 with a 4.79 ERA.
 
He struck out seven –- the most he’s recorded since striking out 10 Astros on April 26 -- including the side in order in the sixth. It was his first career win against the Tigers. He has now beaten every major league team, except the Yankees.
 
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The Sox won for the fifth time in their past six games and the ninth time in their past 11.

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At 84-57, the Sox are a season-high 27 games over .500. They haven’t been 27 games over .500 since ending being 85-58 on Sept. 8, 2011.

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With the win, the Sox  took two of three from the Tigers for their MLB-leading 29th series victory. The Sox have won their past five series, their longest such streak since also winning five straight in June 2012.

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Daniel Nava went 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk, three runs scored, and two RBI. He has now reached safely in 39 straight starts since June 22. It is the longest active on-base streak as a starter in the majors and  the third-longest streak in the American League this season behind Miguel Cabrera’s 44 games and Mike Trout’s 40 games.  It marks the longest on-base streak when starting by a Red Sox batter since Kevin Youkilis reached in 44 consecutive starts in 2008. It is the longest such streak by a Sox switch hitter since at least 1916.
 
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Shane Victorino went 1-for-2 and was hit by a pitch twice. He has been hit 14 times, tying Nava and the Twins' Josh Willingham for the AL lead.  In 29 games since Aug. 4, he has been hit by a pitch an ML-high 11 times. In his previous 78 games from the beginning of the season, he was hit just twice. All but one of his 14 HBP in 2013 have come as a right-handed batter.
 
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Ryan Lavarnway hit safely in both plate appearances after entering the game in the seventh inning. He hit his first home run since Sept. 14, 2012 at Toronto.
 
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John McDonald made his Red Sox debut as a defensive replacement at second base in the seventh inning. The New London, Conn., native is the 21st Connecticut-born player to appear in a game for the Red Sox. He has played for four different major league teams this season, matching the single-season ML record, last matched by last Jose Bautista in 2004.
 
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It was the largest margin of defeat for the Tigers this season. The previous was 10 runs against the A’s on Aug. 28. They gave up their most runs in a game since the Royals scored 26 runs on Sept. 9, 2004 in the first game of a doubleheader.  It is the 14th time in team history since 1916 they allowed 20 runs or more. . . . Tigers pitchers gave up a team-record eight home runs, surpassing the previous high of seven (done four  times, the last on Sept. 11, 2007, in the first game of a doubleheader against the Rangers). They hadn’t allowed more than three home runs in a game since July 7.