BALTIMORE -- Making his first career start in Camden Yards, Ryan Dempster made very few mistakes. But one would have been too many on a night in which his teammates' bats were silenced.
Dempster pitched into the eighth inning and held the Baltimore Orioles to just five hits. But one of those -- off the bat of Chris Davis -- was a solo homer and another was a run-scoring infield chopper to third, helping the Baltimore Orioles shut out the Red Sox, 2-0.
"Sometimes you've got to get away some pitches,'' lamented catcher David Ross. ”But one unexecuted pitch and a swinging bunt was kind of the difference in the game, really. Ryan did a great job, threw a great game.''
"Sometimes you just get outpitched,'' said Dempster, saluting Baltimore starter Chris Tillman, who tossed six shutout innings before turnings over to his bullpen. "There's nothing you can do about it. We don't get shutout very often; it's kind of a rarity.
"I felt good about my outing, for sure. I felt like I pitched well. The other guys just pitched better than me.''
Dempster was also able to take the Sox deep on a night when the bullpen was overworked and in need of a rest. At 102 pitches after seven, he was sent out for the eighth. When the Orioles loaded the bases on a double by Manny Machado and back-to-back two-out walks, Dempster (122 pitches) gave way to Koji Uehara, who fanned J.J. Hardy on three pitches.
"I felt better as the game went along,'' said Dempster. "That's always a good thing. I felt strong all the way through the end.''
When it comes to offensive support, it seems it's all or nothing for Dempster. Friday night marked the fifth time this season that the Sox had scored one or no runs while he was in the game. On the other hand, he was the beneficiary of a 17-run outburst just two outings ago against Texas.
"For me, it's not about me,'' insisted Dempster, 4-7. "It's about us as a team. We're just trying to win games, however we can get them, whether it's winning 1-0 or 17-5, whatever it is.''