RED SOX NOTES (75-80)
THE RED SOX have posted 3 consecutive shutout victories for the 1st time since 2004 (4/25 at NYY, 4/28-29 G1 vs. TB)…Had not swept a 3-game series with 3 shutout wins since 9/19-21/58, when they earned 3 consecutive 2-0 victories over the Washington Senators at Fenway Park…Last won 3 consecutive home games in shutout fashion in 1987 (4/21-22 vs. KC, 5/5 vs. OAK)…Posted 3 consecutive shutouts against the Orioles for the first time since the franchise moved to Baltimore in 1954.
THE RED SOX completed a 3-game sweep, their 4th sweep of the season and 1st against BAL since winning all 4 games from 7/7-10/11 at Fenway…Finished the season with an 8-11 record vs. BAL…Out-scored the Orioles, 86-79, including 17-0 in this series…Have won their last 4 games against the Orioles, out-scoring them 27-1 in that time.
· Closed out their home schedule with a 43-38 record at Fenway Park…Won 19 of their final 30 home games.
· Have won 14 of their last 22 games overall and are 31-22 since 7/30…With TOR’s win vs. TB today, the Red Sox move into 4th place in the AL East standings and are only 1.0 game behind BAL.
HENRY OWENS (7.2 IP, 3 H, BB, 5 SO) made his 10th major league start…Has recorded at least 7.0 IP in each of his last 3 starts, 2 of which have been scoreless…Is 1 of only 3 Red Sox pitchers in the last 100 years to record at least 5.0 IP and allow 1 or fewer runs in as many as 6 of their first 10 major league appearances (also Eduardo Rodriguez in 2015 and Dave Ferriss in 1945).
· In his last 4 starts since 9/8, is 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA (5 ER/28.0 IP) and .192 opponent AVG (19-for-99)…Has made 2 starts against BAL this season, allowing 0 runs in 7.2 innings in each of them (15.1 IP, 9 H, BB, 9 SO).
RED SOX STARTING PITCHERS have not allowed a run in their last 20.2 IP (Hill-9.0, Breslow-4.0, Owens-7.2)…Have not allowed a run against the Orioles in the teams’ last 4 meetings since 9/16 (Owens-15.1, Hill-9.0, Breslow-4.0)…Have posted a 2.83 ERA (75 ER/238.1 IP) in the club’s last 37 games overall since 8/18.
BLAKE SWIHART (1-3, R, HR, RBI) gave the Red Sox a 2-0 lead with a solo HR in the 3rd inning, the club’s 1st homer of the series.
MOOKIE BETTS (0-4) snapped his on-base streak at 29 games, which had been the 2nd-longest active streak in the majors (Joey Votto, 43) and the longest by a Red Sox since Mike Napoli’s 33-game stretch from 4/4-5/14/14…During the streak from 8/24-9/26, Betts hit .372 with a .425 OBP and .579 SLG.
ROBBIE ROSS JR. (1.0 IP, H, 2 SO) has converted each of his last 6 save opportunities since 9/4, earning the save in each of his last 4 appearances.