Royals - 000 101 000 - 2 4 2 Red Sox - 030 202 00x - 7 14 1In only his fourth major league start, Henry Owens shut down the team with the second-best record in baseball: 8-4-2-1-4, 103. One of the runs was unearned.
Jon Shestakofsky notes that in the last 15 games, three Red Sox rookies have had outings of eight innings and one earned run allowed: Steven Wright (August 5), Eduardo Rodriguez (August 18), and Owens (August 21).
On the other side, the Red Sox battered Johnny Cueto for 13 hits in six innings (6-13-7-0-3, 96). It was the bottom of the order that did the most damage with the sticks, with Boston's 7-8-9 hitters going 8-for-12 and scoring six of the game's seven runs.
Blake Swihart went 4-for-4 (with two doubles), scored three times, and drove in two. ... Mookie Betts went 3-for-5. ... Josh Rutledge had two hits, including his first home run of the season, and two RBI. ... Rusney Castillo singled and tripled, and scored twice.
Betts, CFJackie Bradley's last nine hits have all been for extra bases. JBJ is slugging .527 this season. (For comparison purposes, David Ortiz is at .515).