- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Henry Owens took a moment to enjoy the setting - major league debut, Yankee Stadium, sellout crowd for a matchup between longtime rivals.

Then he went to work, quickly settled into a rhythm and definitely looked like he belonged in the bigs.

The rest of the Red Sox pitchers who followed the rookie, well, they seemed totally overmatched.

Brian McCann and Chris Young hit three-run homers during a nine-run burst in the seventh inning and the New York Yankees broke loose once again, romping past Boston 13-3 Tuesday night.

“Once he came out of the game, they had their way with our bullpen,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “Tried to find guys that at least stem the tide, shutdown an out when needed, but the way they’re swinging the bat, the runs that they’re scoring of late, it was not a good matchup against our bullpen tonight.”

Down 2-1 and held to three singles by Owens going into the sixth, the Yankees suddenly struck. The AL East leaders wound up scoring in double figures for the fourth time in seven games - they’d gone more than a month without doing it until a 21-5 rout at Texas last week.

Overall, the Yankees have totaled 90 runs in 10 games. They did most of their damage this time against relievers Robbie Ross, Jean Machi, Craig Breslow and Alexi Ogando.

“Every guy we brought to the mound, some pitches found the middle of the plate,” Farrell said. “They didn’t miss them.”

Promoted from Triple-A Pawtucket, the highly touted Owens by far was the best Boston pitcher of the night.

“I was anxious to be out here and excited, pleased with the opportunity and tried to seize it the best I could,” the 23-year-old lefty said.

“I looked around when I was warming up. Kind of ‘here I am,’” he said. “So I tried to embrace the best I could and try to have fun at the same time.”

Owens (0-1) began his big league career by striking out Jacoby Ellsbury with a sweeping breaking ball. He had a little trouble with command later in the first inning, and a single by Young, a walk and single by Mark Teixeira produced a run.

But after Chase Headley hit a leadoff single in the second, Owens retired 12 straight batters.

Owens helped himself by working fast.

“I was giving them time to get in the box, and I did not want to make any friends today,” he said.

Owens exited after Young opened the sixth with a single and Alex Rodriguez doubled to the wall. Owens gave up five hits, struck out five and walked one.

“If he gets Rodriguez out, he’s staying in the ballgame,” Farrell said. “But they’re into the third time in the order, didn’t want to over expose him. He’s approaching 100 pitches in that sixth inning. But for the time he was on the mound, I thought he handled the situation well.”

Last-place Boston lost its eighth straight on the road.

Masahiro Tanaka (8-4) left after Pablo Sandoval’s long home run leading off the seventh got the Red Sox within 4-3.

The Yankees’ big seventh began when shortstop Xander Bogaerts bounced a throw for an error on Ellsbury’s leadoff grounder.

McCann hit his 18th homer and drove in four runs.

The Red Sox fell on Farrell’s 53rd birthday and have lost 14 of 19. They began an eight-game trip with the poorest road record in the AL, and matched their worst skid away from Fenway Park since dropping their final eight in the 2012 season.


Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia is expected to begin baseball activities when Boston visits Detroit this weekend. He’s twice been on the disabled list this season because of a shaky left hamstring. … OF Mookie Betts (concussion) also is set to be in Detroit to continue his recovery.


Red Sox: Rookie RHP Steven Wright (4-4, 4.53) set career highs in his last start, pitching seven innings and striking out eight to beat the White Sox.

Yankees: At 21, prized prospect Luis Severino makes his big league debut when he becomes the youngest pitcher to start in the majors this season. The righty began the year in Double-A, then went 7-0 with a 1.91 ERA in Triple-A.


Mike Napoli doubled twice, albeit once on a routine fly that dropped in left-center between Young and Ellsbury when they got mixed up. Napoli is 5 for 8 lifetime vs. Tanaka with three doubles and two homers. … Sandoval hit his first career home run against the Yankees.


Yankees RHP Nick Rumbelow pitched a scoreless ninth. He was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after the game. A corresponding move will be made Wednesday.

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