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Boston's Dempster returns, works past White Sox

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BOSTON -- Ryan Dempster could only watch as Boston's starters pitched one strong game after another.

He finally joined in Friday night.

Dempster returned from his suspension for hitting Alex Rodriguez with a pitch and worked into the seventh inning, leading the Red Sox over the Chicago White Sox 4-3 for their fifth victory in six games.

It was the 10th straight game in which Red Sox pitchers allowed three or fewer runs, a streak that began with the first game after Dempster (7-9) plunked Rodriguez on Aug. 18, which led to a five-game suspension.

"They've done an unbelievable job, all of us in the rotation. I'm glad I could just slide in and do a little bit of my part," Dempster said. "Hopefully, that's just something that will continue to build up."

Dempster held Chicago hitless through the first four innings and allowed three runs on five hits in 6 1-3 innings.

"When you're not out playing and you're not injured, it's not a fun thing," he said. "I worked hard in the time off I had to be as ready as possible."

David Ortiz snapped an 0-for-23 slump with a two-run single for the AL East leaders.

"I told you guys last night, don't worry about me," Ortiz said. "Start worrying about me when I go up to the plate with no bat."

Koji Uehara struck out two in the ninth for his 15th save. He worked 1 1-3 innings in his 20th straight scoreless appearance.

Boston manager John Farrell, a former pitching coach, said it's the best stretch by a closer he's ever seen.

Chicago lost for the second time in six games as it started a 10-game road trip after winning its previous five series.

The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the third on a bases-loaded walk to Mike Napoli. They made it 4-0 in the fourth when Will Middlebrooks walked, stole second and scored on Shane Victorino's single. Ortiz followed with his two-run single off Hector Santiago (4-8).

"I felt fine," Santiago said. "It's just one of those days you go out and stink. If you can't throw strikes, you can't succeed."

Dempster struck out five and walked three. He walked the first two batters of the game, then got Alexei Ramirez to ground into a double play and struck out Adam Dunn.

"The biggest pitch he made of the night was the groundball double play," Farrell said. "They had a chance to build an inning against him. He shuts it off right there."

Dempster's next three innings were perfect, with only one of the nine outs getting beyond the infield.

"When you get opportunities with a guy who knows what he is doing, you have to take advantage. Obviously, we didn't do that," Dunn said. "He threw a little bit of everything."

Dempster ran into trouble in the fifth when Paul Konerko led off with a double for Chicago's first hit and went to third on a single by Avisail Garcia. Konerko was thrown out at home on a grounder. Dayan Viciedo then singled in Garcia.

The White Sox cut the lead to 4-3 in the seventh on Garcia's fourth homer of the season, a single by Viciedo and a triple by Alejandro De Aza off Junichi Tazawa.

But Dempster pitched well long enough to give the Red Sox a chance.

"It was great to have him back out there," Victorino said.

Notes

Jon Danks (4-10) pitches for Chicago against Jake Peavy (10-5) on Saturday in the second game of the three-game series. ... Ramirez returned to the starting lineup at SS after missing his first game of the season. ... Chicago's six-game road winning streak ended. ... Boston left the bases loaded in the third and sixth. ... Chicago acquired Garcia from Detroit on July 30 in a three-team trade that sent Peavy to Boston. ... The Red Sox became the first AL team to win 80 games. ... Santiago allowed more than three earned runs in a road game for the first time in his career.

 
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Ryan Dempster holds Chicago hitless through the first four innings and allows three runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings. (USATSI)
Ryan Dempster holds Chicago hitless through the first four innings and allows three runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Garcia
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Boston

S. Victorino
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alejandro De Aza, CF3011102 .272
Gordon Beckham, 2B3000111 .287
Alexei Ramirez, SS4000001 .285
Adam Dunn, DH3000121 .230
Paul Konerko, 1B4010001 .245
Avisail Garcia, RF4221020 .297
Jeff Keppinger, 3B4000010 .248
Dayan Viciedo, LF4121000 .258
Josh Phegley, C3000012 .209
Totals3236337  
Batting
2B - Paul Konerko (15, Dempster)
3B - Alejandro De Aza (4, Tazawa)
HR - Avisail Garcia (4, Dempster)
RBI - Alejandro De Aza (54), Avisail Garcia (20), Dayan Viciedo (45)
2-OUT RBI - Alejandro De Aza (20)
SB - Alejandro De Aza (17, 2nd base off Dempster/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 5
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hector Santiago (L,4-8) 3.2544530 3.43
Jake Petricka 1.1000010 3.38
David Purcey 2100220 1.76
Matt Lindstrom 1000000 2.98
IBB - Pedroia by David Purcey
WP - David Purcey (5)
HBP - Gomes (by Hector Santiago)
Pitches-Strikes - Hector Santiago 101-52, Jake Petricka 17-13, David Purcey 45-24, Matt Lindstrom 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hector Santiago 4-4, Jake Petricka 2-1, David Purcey 1-3, Matt Lindstrom 1-2
Batters Faced - Hector Santiago 22, Jake Petricka 4, David Purcey 9, Matt Lindstrom 3
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5000021 .297
Shane Victorino, RF4221101 .296
Dustin Pedroia, 2B2110201 .301
David Ortiz, DH2012202 .310
Jonny Gomes, LF3000016 .226
Mike Napoli, 1B3001110 .247
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4000013 .267
Stephen Drew, SS4010010 .248
Will Middlebrooks, 3B3110101 .225
Totals3046476  
Batting
2B - Dustin Pedroia (35, Santiago)
RBI - Shane Victorino (51), David Ortiz 2 (81), Mike Napoli (75)
2-OUT RBI - Shane Victorino (19), David Ortiz 2 (24), Mike Napoli (26)
SB - Shane Victorino (18, 2nd base off Santiago/Phegley), Will Middlebrooks (1, 2nd base off Santiago/Phegley)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Drew-Pedroia-Napoli
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Dempster (W,7-9) 6.1533351 4.75
Junichi Tazawa (H,21) 1100000 2.70
Franklin Morales (H,1) 0.1000000 6.32
Koji Uehara (S,15) 1.1000020 1.19
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Dempster 99-60, Junichi Tazawa 9-6, Franklin Morales 2-2, Koji Uehara 17-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Dempster 7-6, Junichi Tazawa 1-2, Franklin Morales 1-0, Koji Uehara 1-1
Batters Faced - Ryan Dempster 26, Junichi Tazawa 4, Franklin Morales 1, Koji Uehara 4
Game Information
Attendance - 36063
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Doug Eddings