RED SOX NOTES (65-73)
THE RED SOX snapped a season-high-tying 4-game winning streak…Continued a 10-day, 9-game homestand (5-3 thus far)…Fell to 38-35 at home and 7-8 against TOR this season…Are 5-5 in extra-inning games.
· Snapped a streak of 19 consecutive games with at least 7 hits, the longest streak by any team this season…Have homered in 6 straight games.
HENRY OWENS (5.1 IP, 3 H, R, 4 BB, 3 SO, 2 HBP) has allowed only 1 ER in at least 5.0 IP in 4 of his 8 ML starts…Recorded 2 HBP after not hitting a batter in any of his first 7 starts…Matched his career high with 4 BB (3rd time).
· Sox starters are 12-4 with a 2.85 ERA in the club’s last 20 games since 8/18 (41 ER/129.1 IP), allowing 1 ER or fewer in 11 of those, and 3 ER or fewer in 16.
RED SOX RELIEF PITCHERS combined to throw 3.2 hitless innings before surrendering a leadoff triple in the 10th…JUNICHI TAZAWA (0.2 IP, SO) and NOE RAMIREZ (0.2 IP, SO) have each made 4 scoreless appearances this homestand…TOMMY LAYNE (0.1 IP, BB) has made 8 consecutive scoreless appearances since 8/22 (5.0 IP, H).
MOOKIE BETTS (1-4) has hit safely in 14 straight games, the longest active streak in the majors and the longest of his career (previous: 13, 6/11-26/15)…Has hit safely in each of his last 16 games against the Jays since 9/5/14, the longest hit streak vs. TOR for any player since Jacoby Ellsbury’s 16-game stretch from 9/16/12-8/14/13.
TRAVIS SHAW (1-4, R, HR, RBI) tied the game at 1-1 with a solo HR in the 2nd inning…Has homered in back-to-back games for the first time in his career…9 of his last 13 hits have gone for extra bases (5 2B, 4 HR)…Is 32-for-91 (.352) with 8 HR in only 25 home games.
DUSTIN PEDROIA (1-4, 2B) started at 2B after missing the Sox’ previous 42 games with a right hamstring strain…Has hit safely in each of his last 18 home games since 5/21, the longest active home hitting streak in the majors…It also marks the Sox’ longest single-season home hit streak since Jacoby Ellsbury (18, 7/6-8/6/11).
· Has reached base via hit, BB, or HBP in each of his last 24 games against AL East opponents since 4/24…Has reached base via hit or BB in each of his last 18 games vs. TOR since 7/29/14, the longest active on-base streak against the Jays…Has hit safely in 17 of those 18 games, including each of his last 11…The only AL player with a longer active hitting streak vs. TOR is Mookie Betts (16).