Rookie Owens Needs Work; Red Sox Fall To Jays In 10

Boston Red Sox's Henry Owens pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Boston, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Boston Red Sox's Henry Owens pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Boston, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Boston rookie left-hander Henry Owens knows he's got a lot of work to do.

Owens struggled with his command mainly from the windup, but he and the Red Sox hung around long enough until the AL East-leading Toronto Blue Jays pulled out a 5-1 victory in 10 innings on Tuesday night.

The 23-year-old Owens held the Blue Jays to one run and three hits in 5 1-3 innings, but he walked four, hit two batters and had a balk. He was backed by three sharp plays by shortstop Xander Bogaerts, two starting double plays.

"I think out of the stretch I felt in command of most at-bats," Owens said. "Out of the windup I had a couple hit batters and a walk, so there's some refinement I still need to do with my mechanics out of a windup, which begins tomorrow."

Troy Tulowitzki singled in the go-ahead run off Alexi Ogando to trigger the 10th inning that lifted the Blue Jays to their 13th win in 17 games.

With the victory, Toronto increased its lead in the East to 1 1-2 games over the New York Yankees, who lost 2-1 to Baltimore.

Travis Shaw homered for Boston, which had its four-game winning streak stopped.

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia returned after missing seven weeks with a strained right hamstring. He went 1 for 4 with a double.

"I felt great. No problems," Pedroia said. "Just a little upset they took me out after the ninth. But it felt great, just if we'd won. We played hard and just couldn't find a way to score some more runs."

Interim manager Torey Lovullo said he took Pedroia out so he could play Wednesday.

Josh Donaldson led off the 10th with a triple against Ogando (2-1), a towering fly ball that appeared to hit the top corner of the Green Monster and bounced back.

After a review upheld the call of the ball not crossing the red line at the top for a homer, the umpiring crew reviewed and confirmed Donaldson was safe at third.

Tulowitzki singled past third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Chris Colabello followed with an RBI single, Ogando balked in the next run and Kevin Pillar had a sacrifice fly.

Aaron Sanchez (7-5) worked one inning for the win.

Toronto starter R.A. Dickey gave up one run and four hits in six innings. He was 0-3 with a 5.76 ERA in four starts against Boston this season.

The Blue Jays moved ahead without a hit in the first inning. Ben Revere was hit on the right hand with the game's second pitch, advance on a wild pitch and a double steal before scoring on Edwin Encarnacion's ground out.


Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman will make his first start of the season Saturday against New York at Yankee Stadium. He underwent surgery in March after tearing the ACL in his left knee. ... LHP Mark Buehrle is getting a cortisone shot in his pitching shoulder.

Red Sox: Lovullo said RHP Steven Wright may not pitch again this season due to the time he's lost recovering from a concussion.


Pillar's bat slipped out of his hands, went flying into the stands about 10 rows behind the Blue Jays' on-deck circle and was caught by a fan.


Mookie Betts of the Red Sox extended his career-best hitting streak to 14 games with a third-inning single.


Blue Jays: RHP Drew Hutchison (13-3) looks to rebound from a rough outing in the series finale Wednesday. He gave up six runs in five innings of a loss against Baltimore after winning his previous four starts.

Red Sox: RHP Joe Kelly (9-6) tries to win his eighth straight start. If successful, it would be the club's longest since Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez won nine in a row in 1999.


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