BOSTON (AP) -- That’s the Ryan Dempster the Texas Rangers hoped they got at the trade deadline.
Dempster rebounded from a rough debut with Texas by pitching shutout ball into the seventh inning, Ian Kinsler had a pair of RBI singles and the Rangers snapped a two-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.
"Anytime you have a rough one you want to get out there the next day," Dempster said. "Those five days take a long time. I think just knowing the lineup a little bit facing these guys. I was able to use the fastball and had a good split."
Dempster (1-0) allowed three unearned runs, six hits, struck out six and walked one in 62Ž3 innings.
Acquired from the Chicago Cubs minutes before last week’s non-waiver trade deadline, he was tagged for eight runs in 42Ž3 innings by the Angels in his first Rangers’ start on Thursday.
On Tuesday, he showed why he was the one of the top prizes at the deadline.
"Even though he gave up all those runs against Anaheim, he kept us in that ballgame and we won that ballgame," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He had a two-point-something ERA, leading the National League in ERA, leading the National League in (batting average) against. We know he’s capable of getting outs, and he proved that tonight, without a shadow of a doubt. We’re very happy to have him. We certainly need his leadership in the front part of our
Rangers outfielder David Murphy knew how Dempster felt, having been dealt by Boston to the Rangers at the deadline in 2007.
"He’s a veteran and he’s an easygoing guy to begin with, but I think as a man you want to earn your keep," he said. "Obviously after not having his best stuff his first outing, he wanted to turn that around as quickly as possible. I think he did that tonight."
Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz each had two hits and drove in a run for Texas.
Will Middlebrooks had a pinch-hit three-run homer for the Red Sox, who have lost five of seven.
The AL West-leading Rangers have lost three straight only three times this season.
Jon Lester (5-10) gave up four runs on six hits in 62Ž3 innings. He’s 0-5 in his last six starts.
"It’s another heck of a performance. We didn’t score the runs and he didn’t get the breaks," Bobby Valentine said.