Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Ryan Dempster tossed six solid innings in a happy homecoming, and the Boston Red Sox kept up their early-season success with a 3-1 decision over the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
Pitching in his native country for the first time in 10 years, the Canadian Dempster (2-2) yielded just a run on four hits to help Boston take the rubber match of this three-game series and improve its MLB-best record to 20-8 with its seventh win in eight outings.
Toronto's lone score came when leadoff hitter Brett Lawrie homered off Dempster in the bottom of the first.
Mike Carp and Jacoby Ellsbury delivered RBI singles to back the Red Sox' strong pitching effort, which included a combined three shutout frames from a quartet of relievers. Joel Hanrahan finished out the victory with a scoreless ninth for his fourth save of the season.
The Blue Jays, on the other hand, received a shaky performance from J.A. Happ (2-2) in their sixth loss in seven games. The lefty tied a career high with seven walks and was touched for two runs before being removed after 3 2/3 innings.
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