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Pedroia, Ortiz back solid outing from Owens in Red Sox victory

Rookie Henry Owens was dominant Wednesday night in 7 2/3 scoreless innings.Rob Carr/Getty Images

BALTIMORE — Dustin Pedroia hit two home runs and drove in five runs for the Red Sox on Wednesday night. David Ortiz also hit a home run, No. 501 in his career.

But it was a quiet rookie pitcher who made the biggest impact for the Red Sox in a 10-1 victory against the Baltimore Orioles.

Lefthander Henry Owens threw 7⅔ shutout innings, silencing a potent Baltimore lineup. The 23-year-old allowed six hits, all singles, and struck out four without a walk. Of his career-high 113 pitches, 75 were strikes.

“Great outing. What we needed,” interim manager Torey Lovullo said. “Controlled every inning . . . nothing was really driven. He never looked like he was in trouble.”


With president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski watching from the press box, Owens allowed one or fewer earned runs for the fourth time in his last five starts. As the season winds down, he is one of the players making a big impression.

Owens (3-2) is not overpowering but commands his fastball well and uses a changeup and breaking ball effectively. His delivery adds some deception to the mix.

Baltimore did not advance a runner beyond first base until the fifth inning and never came close to scoring against Owens. He took some lessons from watching lefthander Eduardo Rodriguez allow one run over 5⅓ innings against the Orioles on Monday night

“He showed me some things that I could do with a couple of lefties,” Owens said. “Threw some good changeups, got some swing and misses. The majority of their lineup was pretty aggressive.”

In four starts on the road this season, Owens has given up only five earned runs over 22⅔ innings. His next start will be at Fenway Park and that is where the problem has been, Owens allowing 16 earned runs in 21 innings there.


“I had a couple of outings where I had to learn some lessons and I’m just trying to roll into each outing and learn as much as I possibly can from the time I’m out there,” he said.

The Red Sox scored nine runs over the first four innings.

It started in the second inning when Ortiz connected on a fastball from rookie righthander Mike Wright and drove it over the fence in straightaway center field.

It was Ortiz’s 35th home run this season, the sixth time he has done that in 13 years with the Sox. That’s a team record. Ortiz had been tied with Jimmie Foxx, Ted Williams, and Manny Ramirez.

Ortiz is the fourth player age 39 or older to hit 35 home runs in a season. Barry Bonds (45 in 2004), Hank Aaron (40 in 1973), and Steve Finley (36 in 2004) are the others.

Ortiz has 25 career home runs at Camden Yards, six in his last nine games.

Jackie Bradley Jr. drew a walk to start the third inning. Brock Holt singled before Pedroia homered to left field with two outs.

Rusney Castillo singled and took third on a double by fellow rookie Blake Swihart to start the fourth inning. That was enough for Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who marched to the mound and all but snatched the ball out of Wright’s hand.

Jorge Rondon didn’t cool the Sox down. Deven Marrero singled to right field to score Castillo. After Holt’s RBI single, Pedroia again homered to left field.


A strained right hamstring forced Pedroia to miss all but six games from June 25 to Sept. 7. He is 11 of 29 (.380) with three doubles, three home runs, six runs, and eight RBIs in six games since being activated off the disabled list.

“I feel good. Just feel strong, feel healthy,” Pedroia said. “Just a matter of getting back in the rhythm of the game. Just feeling normal.”

The Sox brought Pedroia back off the disabled list too quickly in July and he reinjured the hamstring. The second time, they made him wait and the reward has been the return of his powerful swing.

“We know that he’s a healthy athlete, a strong athlete, and a prepared athlete right now,” Lovullo said. “When guys are in that frame of mind, you see how productive they can be.”

Marrero (3 for 4 in his first major league start at shortstop) singled in the eighth inning against T.J. McFarland and scored on a double by pinch hitter Allen Craig.

It was Craig’s first RBI in a major league game since May 1 and his third in 67 at-bats this season.

The Sox are 3-3 on their road trip, which continues on Friday night in Toronto. They have won eight of 12 and improved to 19-12 under Lovullo.

The Sox also snapped a seven-game losing streak at Camden Yards.

Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.