AKRON, Ohio — Left-hander Henry Owens (8-3) is Boston’s top pitching prospect for a reason. On Saturday night, he earned his league-leading eighth win, as the Sea Dogs (43-23) beat the Akron RubberDucks (40-29) 5-1 in front of a sellout crowd of 8,107 at Canal Park.
Owens (8-3) did not allow a run until the sixth inning on Joe Wendle’s RBI single, but established a franchise record with 27 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings, surpassing Kris Johnson’s mark of 24 innings in 2008. He gave up six hits and a walk while striking out seven in 6 ⅔ innings.
Portland (43-23) gave right-hander Duke von Schamann (3-1) his first loss of the season, despite a quality start. Blake Swihart knocked home the first run, delivering a two-out single in the third to plate Derrik Gibson (2-for-4). Swihart tagged a homer of von Schamann on the first pitch of the sixth, his seventh of the season.
The Sea Dogs added a run in the seventh inning off Tyler Sturdevent, who had not allowed a run in 15 consecutive appearances. Keury De La Cruz (2-for-4) led off with a double and scored on two wild pitches.
Jonathan Roof added the icing on the cake in the ninth inning, delivering a two-run single off Adam Miller.
Portland’s Noe Ramirez relieved Owens in the seven and worked 1.1 innings on one-hit and one strikeout. Miguel Celestino wrapped up the win with a scoreless ninth.