Red Sox edge Blue Jays in 11 innings
Shane Victorino’s two-out, two-run single in the 11th inning lifted the Boston Red Sox past the host Toronto Blue Jays, 4-2, on Tuesday night.
After Toronto tied the game in the eighth inning on a J.P. Arencibia solo home run, Victorino emerged as the hero with a sharp single up the middle off Aaron Loup (4-5). Koji Uehara (3-0) recorded the final four outs to secure the win as Boston extended its lead atop the American League East to four games over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Arencibia drove in both Toronto runs while Brett Lawrie had a pair of hits for the Blue Jays, who have dropped three straight and five of six.
After Lawrie hit a double in the fifth inning — the second hit off Dempster to that point — Arencibia opened the scoring by lining a single to left-center, ending an 0-for-23 slump. Toronto nearly doubled the lead the following inning, but Jose Reyes was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second base on a Jose Bautista single to right.
Boston finally hit the scoresheet in the seventh, as Will Middlebrooks stroked a one-out double off the right-field wall and scored on Jacoby Ellsbury’s single up the middle. Ellsbury promptly stole second — his league-best 43rd steal of the season — and Dustin Pedroia drove him home with a single to right.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Dempster threw seven strong innings, limiting Toronto to a run on four hits. Blue Jays counterpart Todd Redmond was even stingier, allowing just three hits over 5 1/3 shutout innings. ... Dempster hasn’t lost in 10 career starts in his native Canada, going 1-0 in two games at the Rogers Centre and going 5-0 in eight appearances at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. ... Toronto has hit five of the eight home runs Red Sox RHP Junichi Tazawa has surrendered in 2013.
Marrero goes to Portland
Xander Bogaerts isn’t the only shortstop of the future making waves this season. Former No. 1 pick Deven Marrero was promoted to Double-A Portland Monday. The No. 24 pick in the 2012 draft out of Arizona State has drawn rave reviews for his defense, and he had 21 steals in 23 attempts at High-A Salem this year before getting the call.
Marrero was hitting .256 with a .341 on-base percentage and .334 slugging percentage at Salem, having skipped Low A altogether.
Marrero may not have the range of former Sox farmhand Jose Iglesias, but he has drawn comparisons to the defensive wizard because of quick hands, above-average instincts and an accurate arm.
Like Iglesias, Marrero needs to develop more consistency as a hitter before he’s ready to take the next step, but his glove is already considered big league caliber.
News of his promotion was first reported by SoxProspects.com.