Notes: Breslow gets Dempster out of jam

Notes: Breslow gets Dempster out of jam
June 30, 2013, 7:15 pm
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BOSTON – Ryan Dempster left in the sixth inning Sunday in the finale of the Red Sox four-game series against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park. It was a chance for him to improve his record to 6-8. Instead, he took a no-decision as the Jays tied the game in the ninth before the Sox pulled out their seventh walk-off win of the season, 5-4.
 
Dempster went 5 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts. He threw 96 pitches, 59 strikes, lowering his ERA slightly to 4.11  Dempster left the bases loaded, with one out for Craig Breslow, who shut down the Jays threat, getting out of the inning with no runs allowed.
 
He snapped a six-start streak of recording a quality start, matching Clay Buchholz for the longest such streak by a Sox pitcher this season. Dempster would have liked to stay in to get out of his own jam, but on a hot (83 degrees at first pitch), humid day, he understood manager John Farrell’s decision to go to the bullpen.
 
“I told him that I could get [the Jays] out and he said, ‘Yeah, I know but so can Bres [Craig Breslow}.’ And he did,” Dempster said. “As a competitor you always want to stay out there, but at the same time, you trust who’s behind you and they’re going to go out there and do their job and Bres did an awesome job.
 
“It’s a situation where you hate to put that [bases-loaded jam] on anybody to come in there. And Bres just came in and made some big pitches there and got out of that unscathed. So you need those during the year and hopefully I don’t put them in too many situations.”
 
In his last seven starts, Dempster has allowed 17 earned runs over 45 innings, for a 3.40 ERA. He is unbeaten in six starts when he has received at least four runs of support, going 4-0 in those games.
 
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The Sox are 5-1 on their current nine-game homsetand, and 15-5 at Fenway since May 24.

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It was the Sox 17th series win this season, tied for most in the majors.

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The Sox are now 35-7 when scoring first.

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At 50-34, the Sox matched their season high at 16 games over .500  and have the best record in the American League. They are the first AL team to 50 wins and have reached 50 by the end of June for just the fourth time in franchise history (2008, 1978, 1946).

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Jacoby Ellsbury singled in the fifth inning to extend his hit streak to 11 games, his third hit streak of at least 10 games this season. The only other major leaguer three streaks of 10 or more games this season  is Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, who has four. Ellsbury  is batting .404, going 19-for-47, with seven RBI, and nine runs scored during the streak. He has hit in 25 of 28 games since May 26, batting .382 in that time.

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Ryan Lavarnway, making his first appearance since June 23, went 1-for-4. He has hit safely in each of his last 5 major league games, matching his career high from Aug. 24 – 29, 2012.

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This was the Red Sox 13th blown save this season, matching the Indians for fifth-most in the majors. The Orioles have the most, with 16.