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It’s a shame that we couldn’t get this done within nine innings.  But if we had to go into extras, it’s a good thing we won.  Coming off of our off day, we were well-rested and raring to go, and it showed.  We really held on and ground it out, and it’s always nice to really see all that hard work paying off.  Though the offense wasn’t as strong as it could have been, it was great to see the pitching, at least for the most part, pull its weight.

Dempster should pitch like this all the time.  Every start of his should be like this.  Actually, every start of everybody should be like this.  He pitched seven innings of one-run ball and gave up only four hits and two walks while striking out four and throwing eighty-eight pitches.  He tossed seven innings and only threw eighty-eight pitches.  That’s insanely efficient.  You generally expect your starter to throw around a hundred pitches if he lasts through seven.  And Dempster just threw eighty-eight.  Wow.

He issued his first walk in the second and his second walk in the sixth.  He went one-two-three in the first, third, fourth, and seventh.  He gave up his run in the fifth thanks to a double-single combination.

Meanwhile, we had the bases loaded with one out in the sixth but failed to deliver.  We were one run down when we finally struck back in the seventh.  Salty struck out to lead it off, but then the Jays made a pitching change and Middlebrooks doubled and scored on a single by Ellsbury.  Ellsbury stole third, moved to second on a groundout by Victorino, and scored on a single by Pedroia.  So then we were the ones with a one-run lead.

Unfortunately, it didn’t stay that way.  Tazawa came on in the eighth and earned himself a blown save when he let the Jays tie it at two by giving up a solo shot on his fifth pitch of the night.  After he got two out and put two on in the ninth, Breslow came on and ended the inning.  He and Uehara combined to pitch a one-two-three tenth.

Just in time for our rally in the eleventh.  Drew flied out, Salty walked, Middlebrooks singled, Ellsbury grounded into a double play and then stole second, and Salty and Ellsbury both scored on a single by Victorino.  Pedroia’s flyout ended the inning, and Uehara’s one-two-three eleventh ended the game.  The final score was 4-2.

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