Owens turns in another gem in Sea Dogs' victory

Left-hander fans five, scatters three hits over seven scoreless innings

Owens turns in another gem in Sea Dogs' victory

For the second straight start, top prospect Henry Owens threw seven scoreless innings Thursday as Double-A Portland defeated New Britain, 2-1.

Owens, ranked No. 26 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, struck out five batters, walked two and gave up three hits. He threw a season-high 99 pitches.

Shortstop Deven Marrero, who has been in a slump of late, scored a run in the first inning to give Portland an early lead Tuesday. The Red Sox's No. 13 prospect finished the game 1-for-4 with a stolen base.

The Sea Dogs tacked on another run, and with Owens on the mound, didn't need much more offense. The left-hander has allowed just one run in his past four starts, a stretch of 22 innings that dates back to his May 14 start against New Britain.

Overall this season, Owens is 6-3 with a 2.52 ERA in 64 1/3 innings. He leads the Eastern League with 68 strikeouts and his 1.10 WHIP ranks fourth in the circuit.

Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.