Dempster gives Sox another quality outing in win

Dempster gives Sox another quality outing in win
June 26, 2013, 1:15 am
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BOSTON – Ryan Dempster earned the win Tuesday night, as the Red Sox pummeled the Rockies, 11-4, at Fenway Park. The right-hander went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts, a home run, and a wild pitch. He threw 106 pitches, 64 for strikes.
 
“It’s just a good win for us,” Dempster said. “We just came off a really tough series in Detroit where we could have won three of four and we didn’t. We lost three of four. And we bounced right back tonight against a really good team with a huge performance by our offense. Everybody really got involved. It was a lot of fun tonight.”
 
Dempster started the game by allowing the first two batters he faced to reach base – Rockies lead-off batter Dexter Fowler on a walk, and DJ LeMahieu with an infield single. But, he got Carlos Gonzalez to pop out to Jose Iglesias at third and Michael Cuddyer to ground into a 6-4-3 inning-ending double play.
 
Dempster needed just 13 pitches, seven strikes, to get through the inning.
 
“I thought the key was in the first inning,” said manager John Farrell. “He’s sitting there with men at first and second, nobody out, one of the better hitters in the National League and all of baseball at the plate and the way Cuddyer’s swinging the bat…those two guys came in red hot and he gets a popup on a 2-0 pitch and then second pitch he gets a ground ball double play and gets out of it."
 
“While he might not have been his most sharp tonight, still, six quality innings of work and he had a number of runs to work with.”
 
The Sox pounded out a season-high 20 hits, giving Dempster eight runs of support. That hasn’t always been the case this season, though. While Dempster has been the beneficiary of 62 runs from his offense in his 95 1/3 innings of work, an average of 5.85 runs per start, 32 of those runs came in three starts, including Tuesday night. In his other outings, spanning 76 1/3 innings, Dempster has received just 30 runs of support, a 3.54 average.
 
But, Dempster, who improved to 4-0 in five starts when receiving at least four runs of support, will take it when he can.
 
“We have an incredible offense,” Dempster said. “So you just go out there and worry about doing your job. It’s just making pitches and executing pitches. The wins come as a team more than an individual. But that’s all I care about is that when I start we win the game. I want to give us a chance to win the game, and was able to do that tonight and we put up a lot of runs.”
 
For Dempster, who improved to 5-8 with a 4.15 ERA, it was his sixth straight quality start since May 28, and 10th overall. He is now tied with Clay Buchholz for the longest streak of quality starts by a Sox pitcher this season, and most quality starts on the staff.
 
Quality starts are nice, but for Dempster, they’re not everything.
 
“I value it as a marker for giving the team a chance to win a ballgame,” he said. “Obviously if you try to do your job as a starter, go six, seven, eight innings, and keep the score as close as possible, it’s something that I value. But I value the innings and the quality innings more than that.”
 
Dempster gave up a home run to Wilin Rosario, a solo shot with one out in the second, which the Rockies catcher crushed, sending Dempster’s 3-and-1 slider over the Green Monster on Lansdowne Street.
 
“I didn’t see it,” Dempster said. “I think it hit a car on the turnpike probably. It happens.”
 
It was the 17th home run Dempster has given up this season. Oddly, in his string of quality starts, he has given up at least one in each of those outings, and a total of eight.
 
“I’ve always said solo home runs don’t beat you,” he said. “I wish there weren’t that many I’ve given up. But in, especially in a situation like tonight where we’re putting up runs, I’m trying to attack the strike zone and if somebody hits one out, they hit one out. So hopefully I can cut those down, keep the ball in the ballpark. But at the same time, if you’re going to give them up, give them up with nobody on base.”