Red Sox manage 3-1 win over Blue Jays, take series

Red Sox manage 3-1 win over Blue Jays, take series
May 2, 2013, 10:45 pm
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TORONTO - Collecting just five hits, the Red Sox nonetheless managed a 3-1 win for themselves over the Toronto Blue Jays, taking the series here and winning for the seventh time in their last eight games overall.

After falling behind on a Brett Lawrie solo homer in the bottom of the first, the Sox scored twice in the second on a run-scoring single from Mike Carp and a sacrifice fly from Stephen Drew.

They later added a run in the eighth on an opposite-field, bloop single from Jacoby Ellsbury.

The Sox were just 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded a runner on third base in every inning from the second through the fifth.

Ryan Dempster battled some wildness in the third inning when he issued three walks, but finished strong to retire 10 of the last 11 hitters he faced to pick up his second straight victory after beginning the season with four winless starts.

Andrew Miller issued a walk, threw a wild pitch and allowed a single in the seventh. Junichi Tazawa walked Lawrie to load the bases, then fanned Adam Lind with the bases loaded for the final out of the inning.

Joel Hanrahan -- and not Andrew Bailey -- handled the ninth and posted his fourth save in five chances.


STAR OF THE GAME: Ryan Dempster
He wasn't exactly masterful, but he showed poise working out of his own mess in the third (three walks) and finished strong, retiring 10 of the last 11 hitters he faced.

The Sox bullpen bent some in the seventh, but Uehara came on for the eighth, facing the middle third of the Toronto lineup, and after a one-out single, finished the inning with consecutive strikeouts.

This wasn't the same Happ who one-hit the Sox back in April. He was wild at times -- walking seven -- and couldn't get out of the fourth inning before the Jays had to go to their bullpen

TURNING POINT: Dempster appeared on the ropes in the third when he walked the bases full. But he got Edwin Encarnacion to hit into an inning-ending double play and was never threatened again.

BY THE NUMBERS: This is the first time since 1982 that the Red Sox have won their first four road series of a season.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "If comments are going to be made because pitchers pitch well, then we'll take it as a compliment.'' -- John Farrell after Toronto broadcaster Jack Morris alleged that Junichi Tazawa was using a foreign substance to doctor the baseball.