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Joe Kelly's 8-game winning streak over as he exits with tight shoulder

BALTIMORE -- After removing right-hander Joe Kelly in the third inning with tightness in his shoulder, Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo said the team will re-evaluate the 26-year-old pitcher on Wednesday, and discuss how much more he will pitch this season.

"He's had a great year, he's been on a great run, we'll talk about that tomorrow,'' Lovullo said of Kelly, who had been a major disappointment until returning from a minor league demotion and reeling off eight straight wins, matching Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs for the longest winning streak in the majors this season.

Kelly said he felt the tightness while warming up before his start against the Baltimore Orioles and that it remained a hindrance in the third inning, when he gave up five hits, including a home run to Steve Pearce, in the span of six batters. After the fifth hit, a single by Adam Jones, Lovullo and trainer Brad Pearson came to the mound, and after a brief conversation, Kelly was removed from the game.

"He just couldn't get loose,'' Lovullo said, "and it was something that didn't get better in the couple innings we sent him out there. We just decided it was the best thing to pull him out and evaluate him [Wednesday].

"It was just some shoulder fatigue and he felt like he couldn't get extended. He was showing signs of it, we were asking him some questions during the innings he was in the dugout. He was hinting at it. ... At some point we had to draw the line and make a decision.''

The abbreviated outing ended what was the longest winning streak by a Sox pitcher since Pedro Martinez won nine straight starts in 1999.

Kelly was charged with four runs, three earned, in 2⅓ innings in a game the Sox lost in the 13th inning, 6-5, on a walk-off single by Chris Davis off Robbie Ross Jr., the ninth Sox pitcher of the game.

"Frustrated, obviously, is one,'' Kelly said when asked how he felt after the game. "I wanted to stay in the game as long as I could, but the shoulder wouldn't let me.

"There was a lot of inconsistent firing. It was super tight. I'd try to throw a fastball, it was 88, then a fastball 94, fastball 92. A lot of inconsistencies. The way it was working, they said that it was best I come out.''

Lovullo said no imaging was done on the shoulder Tuesday night, and Kelly said he didn't anticipate such tests would be necessary Wednesday, although the club may think otherwise.

"I don't think it's that big a deal,'' he said. "Obviously a little tight. That's about it.''

Kelly has made 25 starts for the Sox this season and pitched a total of 153⅓ innings, including 19 innings in four starts for Pawtucket. The most innings he has thrown in any season was 132 innings in 2011, which he split between Double-A and Triple-A. So it would not be surprising, given the initial finding of shoulder fatigue and given their place in the standings, if the Sox elect to shut down Kelly.