A turnaround outing for Dempster against Jays

A turnaround outing for Dempster against Jays
August 14, 2013, 12:45 am
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TORONTO -- Ryan Dempster lost his chance at a win Tuesday night when Junichi Tazawa gave up a game-tying homer in the bottom of the eighth inning.
     
But that didn't take anything away from what Dempster accomplished in a start that saw him limit the Blue Jays to a single run on four hits over seven innings in a game the Sox would win, 4-2, in 11 innings.
     
"I felt like I was able to make pitches when I was behind in the count," said Dempster, "which was huge. I had a real good split tonight and that's probably what kept them off balance more than anything."
     
Dempster had won just once in his previous seven outings and over the last five starts, with a bloated 7.27 ERA.
     
Tuesday night, he thinks he may have turned a corner.
     
"I know I'm better than that,'' he said. "Sometimes you hit those patches and those rough spots, but I was able to make an adjustment and be a little bit better tonight."
     
Dempster allowed just one hit over the first four innings -- a sharp single off the glove of a diving Will Middlebrooks by Brett Lawrie. He held the Jays scoreless until the fifth when a one-out double by Lawrie and a two-out single by J.P. Arencibia -- who would later homer off Tazawa -- produced the only run off Dempster.
     
"He was crisp, he was down in the strike zone,'' said John Farrell. "This is a free-swinging team, so he never felt like he was out of the count, even though a couple of times he was behind. He could go to a split or a slider to get some misses. His style is good matchup for this team."