Webster reels it in for third win of season

Webster reels it in for third win of season
August 14, 2014, 11:45 pm
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BOSTON - Allen Webster did plenty to put the Sox in a winning position through six innings Thursday night.

But Webster was still staring at a 4-1 deficit as he walked off the field.

At 85 pitches, manager John Farrell was set to send him out again for the 7th inning.

Then the bottom of the 6th inning happened.

The Red Sox finally rewarded Webster with some runs - seven to be exact. The Sox stayed on offense long enough where Farrell thought it was probably best to go to the bullpen after.

Now that's a gift.

"Yeah. I was grinding through it until the 6th and then they took off," Webster said. "Once you get seven runs, you can't complain about that at all."

"I thought Webby got on a little bit of a role," Farrell said, "and then the long inning felt like it was time to get him out of there and stay on a positive note with him."

Webster improved to 3-1 on the season after allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks with two strikeouts. It was his second straight win after a rough outing against the Yankees back on Aug. 2.

"I think we're seeing some small gains here when you compare it to two starts ago where things might have gotten away from him a little bit," Farrell said. "He did bend today, but he didn't break. And that was an encouraging sign. And I think more than anything he'll wake up tomorrow knowing that there's another win to his name, and hopefully that's added confidence along the way."

Webster had some control issues early on against lefties, as he walked the first two batters - Dexter Fowler and Jason Castro - of the second inning on eight straight balls. One would eventually come around to score on an error by first baseman Mike Napoli on a hard grounder by Jon Singleton.

Again in the fourth inning, a walk to Singleton would come back to hurt when the next batter, Matt Dominguez blasted a two-run home run over the Green monster.

"I had a few innings when the lefties came up I started pushing the ball again," Webster said, "not staying true to my mechanics. Then once Vazquez came up and talked to me, I got back in it and locked it back in together."

After the home run allowed, Webster gave up just one hit the rest of the way, a single in the 6th inning to Castro. But two batters later Webster would get Dominguez to ground into the inning-ending double play.

It's the second straight start that he's gone at least 6.0 innings - and he could have kept going if not for the long rest (not that he's complaining).

The reason he's going longer is because he's not working up his pitch count by throwing too many balls.

"It starts from being able to attack the strike zone and making them put it in play let the defense behind us [do the job] - Jackie [Bradley Jr.] in center, Pedey [Dustin Pedroia] out there," Webster said. "Anything that's around there, they're running it down and catching it."