Hector Santiago had a full workload with 101 pitches. His problem was that he threw them all in 3 2-3 innings.
The left-hander kept missing the plate and Boston's patient hitters kept laying off his pitches on their way to a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.
''He had a very high pitch count early in the game. They've done it to a lot of teams,'' Chicago manager Robin Ventura said of the Red Sox. ''They do a good job of grinding on you.''
Half of the 22 batters Santiago faced reached base on five hits, five walks and one hit batter.
''I felt fine. It's just one of those days you go out and stink,'' Santiago (4-8) said after the shortest outing of his last 11 starts. ''If you can't throw strikes, you can't succeed.''
Ryan Dempster did that for Boston after walking the first two batters of the game. He walked just one more before leaving after 6 1-3 innings.
''When you get opportunities with a guy who knows what he is doing, you have to take advantage. Obviously...