Henry Owens

Closing Time: Jackie Bradley Jr., Henry Owens lead Red Sox past Tigers

Rob Bradford
August 09, 2015 - 12:31 pm

This wasn't something many could have seen coming. With Henry Owens making his second major league start against former Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander, and Jackie Bradley Jr. coming into Sunday hitting just .121, it wasn't a duo one would think could propel the Red Sox to a series-ending win. But that's exactly what the pair did. Owens picked up his first big league victory, while Bradley Jr. notched five RBIs in pacing the Red Sox past the Tigers, 7-2, in Detroit. For the big lefty, who was coming of a solid debut in Yankee Stadium, gave up just one run on three hits over five innings. He did walk three in his 84-pitch outing, but also struck out a pair. Owens pitched to one batter in the sixth inning, allowing a leadoff double to Ian Kinsler. But Justin Masterson came on to escape the frame without giving up a run. The righty reliever did allow a solo home run to Jefry Marte in the seventh, cutting the Sox lead at the time to a run. Earlier in the seventh it was Bradley Jr. who allowed for the Red Sox' third run thanks to his first home run of the season. He had already accounted for the visitors' second score thanks to a bases-loaded walk. The center fielder, who came into the game with just four RBIs in 68 plate appearances, broke things open in the seventh with a bases-loaded, bases-clearing triple against Tigers lefty Ian Krol. It was his second extra-base hit for the day against a lefty, with the homer coming off of Tom Gozelanny. Besides Bradley Jr., also coming away with two-hit games for the Red Sox were Brock Holt and David Ortiz. Red Sox relievers Robbie Ross Jr., Junichi Tazawa and Jean Machi closed things out with a combined three perfect innings. Verlander, who entered the game with a 5.05 ERA in nine outings this season, allowed two runs (neither earned) on four hits over six innings, striking out seven and walking three.