Ryan Dempster was wearing a blue United States Postal Service cap after the game Tuesday night. Perhaps it was an unintentional metaphor about his reliability.
On a night when the Red Sox had a season-best 20 hits in an 11-4 victory against the Colorado Rockies, their starting pitcher also stood out by going six strong innings. Dempster allowed two runs on six hits.
Dempster has gone at least six innings 11 times in 16 starts and his 95 1/3 innings are the second most on the team, only six fewer than Jon Lester.
In his last six starts, Dempster has a 3.40 earned run average. On a team struggling to find consistent starters at the top of the rotation this month, old veterans Dempster and John Lackey have come through.
“We have an incredible offense,” Dempster said. “You just go out there and worry about doing your job. The wins come both as a team and as an individual. That’s all I care about, is I when I start we win the game. I want to give us a chance to win the game.”
Dustin Pedroia was 3 for 5 and drove in four runs. On the day the Sox demoted former third baseman Will Middlebrooks to the minors, new third baseman Jose Iglesias was 3 for 5 with a double and one RBI.
“It's good to get an idea that you're going to play a lot, hopefully every day. I'm just happy to be here,” Iglesias said. “I've always been a confident guy and tried to stay positive as much as possible and it's been very good for me so far.
“It's good to have an opportunity to play every single day. It kind of surprised me. I never thought about playing third in my life and now, I'm getting a chance to play here.”
Including the 2007 World Series, Pedroia is 11 for 26 with three doubles, four homers and 13 RBIs in 10 games against the Rockies.
See the Globe on Wednesday for more on Dempster.