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Durable hurler Ryan Dempster delivered again for the Red Sox Thursday night at Rogers Centre in Toronto, lifting Boston to a 3-1 victory — and the team’s league-leading 20th of the season.
The 35-year-old tossed a six-inning, four-hit game on 100 pitches, striking out four and walking three to lower his ERA to 3.00 while evening his record to 2-2.
Like a bachelor party in Vegas, Dempster was flirting with trouble all night, but the savvy veteran came through in the clutch on several occasions.
In the first inning Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie took a pitch deep to center field for an early 1-0 lead, but Dempster was able to coax an inning-ending double play out of Edwin Encarnacion to escape further damage. In the third inning he walked three to load the bases with one out but again was able to elicit a twin killing off Encarnacion’s bat to stymie the potential rally.
Dempster then retired nine of the n...