TORONTO -- It took longer than they would have liked, but the Red Sox eventually got their win Tuesday night -- the hard way.
After coughing up a one-run lead in the eighth, the Sox outlasted the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-2 in 11 innings. Shane Victorino singled home two runs with a two-out single, providing the margin of victory.
The win improved the Red Sox to 8-4 in extra innings this season.
Koji Uehara, who got the final out in the 10th, pitched the 11th and picked up the victory. It was Uehara's 55th appearance this season, vesting his $4.25 million option for 2014.
After seven innings, the Red Sox and starter Ryan Dempster seemed headed for a far simpler win. But reliever Junichi Tazawa, who had allowed half of his eight homers this season to the Blue Jays before Tuesday night, yielded another one to catcher J.P. Arencibia, the first batter he faced, leading off the eighth inning.
That tied the game at 2-2 and cost Dempster a victory. Dempster was pulled after just 88 pitches. Dempster, with just one win in his last seven starts and an ERA of 7.27 in his last five, turned in his best start in more than a month, allowing just one run on four hits through seven innings.
The only run off Dempster came in the fifth when Brett Lawrie doubled and Arencibia drilled a two-out single to center to score him from third.
The Red Sox, who loaded the bases with one out in the sixth but couldn't score, broke through in the seventh off the Blue Jays' bullpen. A one-out double by Will Middlebrooks and a line single to center by Jacoby Ellsbury produced Boston's first run.
After Ellsbury stole his first of two bases, Dustin Pedroia slapped an opposite field single to right to snap a 1-1 tie.
STAR OF THE GAME: Shane Victorino
In the field, Victorino recorded his eighth assist of the season when he gunned down Jose Reyes at the plate in the sixth. With his bat, Victorino's two-run single up the middle in the top of the 11th put the Red Sox ahead for good.
HONORABLE MENTION: Ryan Dempster
Dempster had just one win in his last seven outings before Tuesday and got robbed of a victory when the bullpen coughed up the lead. But that doesn't take away from what he did in limiting the Blue Jays to a run on four hits over seven innings.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Junichi Tazawa
Tazawa has had trouble with the Toronto lineup all season and Tuesday was no different. He came on for the eighth with a 2-1 lead, but that didn't last past the first batter -- J.P. Arencibia -- who hit a 3-and-1 pitch out for a game-tying homer.
TURNING POINT: Toronto had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the ninth with the potential game-winning run on second base and one out, but Tazawa got Brett Lawrie to foul out to first and Craig Breslow fanned Maicer Izturis.
BY THE NUMBERS: Nineteen of the Red Sox' 72 wins -- or 26 percent -- have come in the team's final at-bat.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "I want to do something every game to help us win. That's what it's about." -- Will Middlebrooks, who had two more hits and two nice plays at third.