Notes: Fourth inning no good for Dempster

Notes: Fourth inning no good for Dempster
April 21, 2013, 6:15 pm
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BOSTON -–  Ryan Dempster took the loss, as the Red Sox fell to the Royals, 4-2, in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader. He went seven innings, giving up four runs on six hits, including a home run, and three walks with eight strikeouts. He fell to 0-2, while his ERA rose from 2.65 to 3.38.
 
Dempster is averaging 12.38 strikeouts per nine innings, with 33 strikeouts in 24 innings this season, and has stuck out at least seven batters in each of his four starts. It is the second-longest stretch to begin a Red Sox career since at least 1916 behind only Pedro Martinez’s five straight in 1998.
 
Kansas City opened the scoring on Sunday on Alcides Escobar’s first-inning, one-out solo home run over the Monster in left.
 
The Royals added three more runs against Dempster in the fourth. Billy Butler and Eric Hosmer opened the inning with back-to-back singles, with Butler scoring on Lorenzo Cain’s double. After Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster struck out Mike Moustakas and Jeff Francoeur, Salvador’s Perez single to center scored Hosmer and Cain, giving the Royals a 4-2 lead.
 
“I thought he pitched with equal effectiveness as he has in previous starts this year,” said manager John Farrell. “They bunched those four hits in that fourth inning and after that consecutive strikeouts and the difference in today’s game was swing by Perez on a 1-1 slider as opposed to our eighth inning when we had the bases loaded and had the chance to create something on our part.
 
“I thought Ryan felt not only strong and wanted to go out for the seventh inning and did a good job for us today.
 
“They got some fastballs early in the count. First-pitch base hit by Butler, first-pitch double by Cain. They attacked him early in the count as they were trying to get ahead. Still, felt like we had opportunities early in the game and [Royals right-hander Ervin] Santana kept us in check. I thought Ryan did a very good job for us.”
 
Dempster’s outing also snapped the Sox’ starting pitchers’ streak of allowing just three or fewer runs in the first 16 games of the season.
 

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The Sox snapped their season-high seven-game winning streak. It was their longest win streak since nine in a row from June 3-12, 2011.

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The Sox are now 15-7 at home against the Royals since 2008 and 23-11 against them at Fenway since the start of 2005.

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Daniel Nava went 2-for-4 with a run scored. He has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games since Sept. 12, 2012. He is now batting .357, going 15-for-42, this season, to lead all Sox batters. He is hitting .381, going 8-for-21, with three home runs and seven RBI at Fenway this season.

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With his first-inning single, Dustin Pedroia extended a streak of reaching base safely to all 17 games this season and 27 straight going back to Sept. 21, 2012. He is the first Red Sox player to reach base in the team's first 17 games of a season since Manny Ramirez did it in the first 23 games in 2001.

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With his second-inning single, Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 10 games. It is the longest hitting streak by a Sox batter this season and tied for the fourth longest in the American League this season.

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The Sox will go back to wearing their regular home white jerseys with ‘Red Sox’ across the chest.

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Shane Victorino is not in the starting lineup for the second game and is not expected to be available.