August 21, 2015

G122: Red Sox 7, Royals 2

Royals  - 000 101 000 - 2  4  2
Red Sox - 030 202 00x - 7 14  1
In 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.
Johnny Cueto / Henry Owens
Betts, CF
Sandoval, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, LF
Shaw, 1B
Castillo, RF
Swihart, C
Rutledge, 2B
Jackie 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).

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