Long day for Dempster on mound

Long day for Dempster on mound
May 12, 2013, 6:30 pm
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BOSTON -- Sunday marked the second time Ryan Dempster faced the Toronto Blue Jays this season. And the second time was no charm for the veteran.

Dempster allowed three home runs in five innings while picking up his fourth loss of these season as the Blue Jays defeated the Red Sox 12-4 at Fenway Park.

Including those three home runs, Dempster allowed seven hits and six runs, while walking one and striking out six.

"It was a tough day," said Red Sox manager John Farrell after the loss. "Obviously when they put 12 runs on the board, it hasn't been a real good day from the mound.

"I thought Ryan had similar stuff to which he's pitched with of late, and yet there were some pitches he left up to his arm side. The first home run to Bautista, a fastball that ran back in over the inner part of the plate. A breaking ball that stayed up to Encarnacion. They are obviously very capable of driving the ball out of the ballpark. That's the way their team is built.

In Dempster's last start against the Blue Jays -- on May 2 in Toronto -- Dempster picked up his second win of the season while allowing only one run over six innings of work.

That was not the case on Sunday at Fenway. Dempster spotted the Blue Jays a 3-0 lead, thanks to a Munenori Kawasaki two-out RBI single to right field in the top of the second, and a Jose Bautista solo bomb to lead off the top of the third.

Dempster left the game with the Red Sox trailing 6-1, as an Edwin Encarnacion solo home run that cleared the monster seats in the top of the fifth, answered Mike Napoli's solo home run to lead off the bottom of the fourth.

"I was missing up in the zone a lot today, more than I normally do," said Dempster after the loss. "And for whatever reason, I couldn't really pinpoint it. I'm just trying to get the ball back downhill and be consistent. I'd be good for a few hitters, and then I'd get the ball up. I tried to work hard, but it just wasn't good enough today. It wasn't crisp enough."

Dempster received only one run of support over his five innings on Sunday, and is now averaging a team-low 3.19 runs of support per nine innings this season.

The loss concluded a Red Sox home stand that saw only two wins in seven games. On Sunday, Dempster picked up his second loss in his second straight start.

"Just keep working hard," said Dempster. "They don't hand out trophies in April or May or June or July, August. Sometimes you've got to keep grinding away for the whole year, and at the end of the year, see how it plays out. But the guys in here work extremely hard, and we're going to continue to do that, and bounce back and getting on a winning streak."