Steven Wright dominates, David Ortiz homers as Boston Red Sox win 2-1 over New … – MassLive.com
NEW YORK — One day after highly-touted Red Sox prospect Henry Owens made his major league debut here at Yankee Stadium, highly-touted Yankees prospect Luis Severino made his.
The 21-year-old Severino, a Dominican Republic native who Baseball America ranked the 35th best pro prospect entering 2015, pitched well. He went 5 innings, allowing two runs, the only earned run coming on a solo homer by David Ortiz.
But it was Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright who stole the show from the Yankees rookie.
Wright pitched tremendously, hurling 8 strong innings and allowing just one run on a homer to Carlos Beltran in the seventh.
Koji Uehara entered for the ninth inning and recorded his 24th save. Boston won 2-1 over New York.
Wright didn’t give up a hit until there was one out in the bottom of the fifth. No. 7 hitter Didi Gregorius singled to center field to break up the no-hit bid.
Wright pitched out of a first-and-second situation in the fifth.
After Stephen Drew flied out for the second out of the fifth inning, John Ryan Murphy singled to left, moving Gregorius to second.
But Wright struck out Jacoby Ellsbury swinging to end the threat.
Wright gave up another single to Murphy to begin the eighth but escaped further trouble when he got Ellsbury to ground into a double play.
The knuckleballer threw 108 pitches, 72 for strikes (67 percent strikes). He struck out nine and walked two.
Severino, meanwhile, entered having posted a 7-0 record with a 1.91 ERA in 11 starts at Triple-A this year. He allowed just two hits and no walks while striking out seven.
The Red Sox scored an unearned in the second inning off Severino to take a 1-0 lead. With two outs, Mike Napoli reached on a throwing error by third baseman Chase Headley and advanced to second base on the wild throw.
Alejandro De Aza then bashed a double to right-center that scored Napoli.
Ortiz made it 2-0 when he crushed a solo homer to lead off the top of the fourth.
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