PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The Red Sox top-rated pitching prospect Henry Owens was knocked around giving up his first runs of 2014, but Portland rallied with a six-run sixth inning in a 9-4 win over Binghamton.
Owens, who won his previous two starts without allowing a run, including a no-hitter on Opening day, gave up a pair of two-run homers in the third inning. Owens' finale line: 5 innings pitched, 4 earned runs, 6 hits, and 3 walks allowed with 4 strikeouts.
The Sea Dogs offense was paced by third-baseman Sean Coyle, who finished 3-for-4 with one of those hits being a two-run home run in the second inning. Along with his second long ball of the year, he also scored 3 runs scored and drove in 3 more.
First baseman Stefan Welch had two RBI and two runs as well. Lead-off hitter Mookie Betts finished 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI. He's reached base in 40 consecutive games.
Keith Couch will get the start for Portland (7-4) on Tuesday in game two of their three-game series with the B-Mets.