Wright's knucklers stifle Yankees as Ortiz, Red Sox win 2-1 – ESPN
NEW YORK — Steven Wright had the secret to success against that torrid Yankees lineup.
Throw it soft and slow.
Wright handcuffed New York hitters with his steady supply of floating knuckleballs, and David Ortiz launched a colossal home run for the Boston Red Sox in their 2-1 victory on Wednesday night.
“Given this lineup in this ballpark,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said, “he was outstanding from start to finish.”
A costly throwing error by third baseman Chase Headley helped spoil the debut of prized Yankees pitching prospect Luis Severino, who yielded only two hits over five impressive innings. He struck out seven and walked none.
“That young kid, he’s got good stuff, man. I think he’s going to be pretty good,” Ortiz said. “I think at the end of the game he was missing location a little bit, but other than that, his stuff is very explosive.”
Koji Uehara retired pinch hitter Brian McCann with two on for his 24th save in 26 attempts.
Alejandro De Aza hit an RBI double with two outs in the second — immediately following Headley’s 18th error. Ortiz connected on a 96 mph 2-0 fastball leading off the fourth, a drive that landed more than halfway up the elevated concrete bleachers in right field.
“We don’t leave New York without David probably going deep one time. He just put a beautiful swing on the pitch,” Farrell said. “But there’s no question we’ll see Severino a lot in years to come, and that’s a good-looking young pitcher.”
The last-place Red Sox snapped an eight-game road losing streak behind Wright (5-4). He struck out nine in eight innings, setting career highs in both categories for the second consecutive start.
Tossing his 74-75 mph knuckler to both sides of the plate, the 30-year-old righty allowed just four hits — including Carlos Beltran’s leadoff homer in the seventh.
“Today it just was moving a little bit more than it has in the past,” Wright said.
Uehara worked around a single and a walk in the ninth. McCann, who flied out to center, did not start because of a stiff left knee.
It wasn’t the first time the Yankees had trouble with Wright, who entered with a 1.80 ERA in 10 innings against them. He worked five innings of relief in a 19-inning victory at Yankee Stadium on April 10.
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