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ARLINGTON, Texas — Lefthander Henry Owens, who was demoted to Double A Portland last month, pitched his first game for Sea Dogs on Tuesday and it was another backward step.

Owens could not get through the first inning against New Hampshire. He walked six and allowed three runs before he was taken out of the game after 42 pitches, only 15 of them strikes.

Portland lost the game, 4-0. Owens had not pitched since June 23. The Sox had him skip a start to work on a new three-quarters arm slot in the hopes that would improve his control problems.

Owens, a supplemental first-round pick in 2011, had not pitched in Double A since 2014. In 15 starts this season, he has walked 66, hit six, and thrown six wild pitches in 69⅔ innings.

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Owens, who turns 25 on July 21, has not pitched in the majors since Sept. 29 against the Yankees. He is 4-6 with a 5.19 ERA in 16 major league starts.

He made his major league debut Aug. 4, 2015, giving up five hits and three runs in five innings in a 13-3 road loss to the Yankees.


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