Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/14/13
It took longer than they would have liked but the Red Sox eventually got their win Tuesday night -- the hard way. After coughing up a one-run lead in the eighth the Sox outlasted the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 in 11 innings. Shane Victorino singled home two runs with a two-out single providing the margin of victory. The win improved the Red Sox to 8-4 in extra innings this season. Koji Uehara who got the final out in the 10th pitched the 11th and picked up the victory. It was Uehara's 55th appearance this season vesting his $4.25 million option for 2014. After seven innings the Red Sox and starter Ryan Dempster seemed headed for a far simpler win. But reliever Junichi Tazawa who had allowed half of his eight homers this season to the Blue Jays before Tuesday night yielded another one to catcher J.P. Arencibia the first batter he faced leading off the eighth inning. That tied the game at 2-2 and cost Dempster a victory. Dempster was pulled after just 88 pitches. Dempster with just one win in his last seven starts and an ERA of 7.27 in his last five turned in his best start in more than a month allowing just one run on four hits through seven innings. The only run off Dempster came in the fifth when Brett Lawrie doubled and Arencibia drilled a two-out single to center to score him from third.
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