Steven Wright was on his game on Wednesday night. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Steven Wright dominant, David Ortiz homers as Red Sox defeat Yankees

John Tomase
August 05, 2015 - 6:00 pm
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NEW YORK -- With the Red Sox trying to figure out exactly who'll be pitching in their rotation next season, here's one name that almost never comes up -- Steven Wright. It's understandable. The 30-year-old knuckleballer can only be as consistent as the most unpredictable pitch in baseball. When things go bad, the results are borderline unwatchable. But when things go well, Wright can make even the most dangerous lineup look punchless. Such was the case on Wednesday night, when Wright's knuckler danced and the Yankees dropped like flies. All things considered, it might've been the best outing of Wright's career. For the second straight start, Wright was in complete control. Last week, he outclassed White Sox ace Chris Sale in a surprising victory over the white-hot White Sox. On Wednesday, he limited the Yankees to one run on a solo homer by Carlos Beltran, otherwise silencing them in a 2-1 victory. With Yankees phenom Luis Severino throwing gas in his highly anticipated big-league debut, Wright began the game as little more than an afterthought, but by night's end he was the story. He limited the Yankees to four hits in eight masterful innings, walking two and striking out a career-high nine that bested his previous mark of eight set in his last start. Wright's performances have progressively improved over his last four outings, from six hits and six runs against the Angels during the West Coast trip to nowhere, to four runs (2 earned) in a loss to the Tigers, to beating Sale, to Wednesday night. The Red Sox have no idea who's going to make up their starting five in 2016, but with more outings like Wednesday's, Wright will least force himself into the conversation. PLAYER OF THE GAME: No shock here. Steven Wright did it all to shut down the high-powered Yankees offense. WHAT WENT RIGHT -- David Ortiz put one of the team's few good swings on Severino, driving a fourth-inning offering deep into the right field seats for his 21st home run. -- Runs were hard to come by all night, but Alejandro De Aza made sure the Red Sox took advantage of a two-out error by Yankees third baseman Chase Headley when he lined a double to right that scored Mike Napoli with the game's first run. -- Shortstop Xander Bogaerts continued to exhibit his defensive maturation with a pivotal double play in the eighth on a deflected grounder that hit Wright before kicking towards short. Bogaerts gathered it, stepped on the bag, hurdled the runner, and threw out the speedy Jacoby Ellsbury at first. -- On a quiet night for offense, third baseman Pablo Sandoval was a standout, going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles. WHAT WENT WRONG -- Left fielder Hanley Ramirez got a bad read on a ball off the bat of John Ryan Murphy leading off the eighth, letting his soft liner fall for a single in a 2-1 game. Bogaerts saved him moments later with the double play. -- Slumping leadoff man Brock Holt went 0-for-4, dropping his average to .277, the lowest it has been since he went 0-for-1 on Opening Day.

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