The Red Sox defeated the Yankees in a 2-1 pitcher’s duel. Steven Wright lasted 8 innings, giving up only 3 hits, 1 earned run, walking 2 and striking out 9. The Sox scored first in the second inning. Mike Napoli reached on a 2 base throwing error by third baseman Chase Headley. And Alejandro De Aza nearly knocked the ball out of Yankee Stadium with an RBI double.
Meanwhile, Steven Wright was tossing a no-hitter to a powerful Yankees lineup. The Sox struck again in the 4th with a Big Papi 424 foot solo shot into right field. 2-0 Sox. Yankees debuting youngster Luis Severino lasted 5 innings, giving up two runs and only 2 hits. Steven Wright’s no-hitter was broken up in the 5th, by 2 singles to make it 1st and 2nd. In the 7th, Pablo Sandoval lined a ball to right field for an easy double. Mike Napoli was hit by the pitch, and neither De Aza or Swihart could knock in an insurance run.
Carlos Beltran led off with a dinger in the bottom of the 7th to right center, making it 2-1 Sox. But Wright hung in there and got the rest of the side out in order. In the top of the 8th, John Ryan Murphy robbed Xander Bogaerts’ foul ball to end the inning. Wright nearly got himself in a jam after that. Murphy led off with a single. Then the speedy former Sox player Jacoby Ellsbury, hit a ball off Wright’s leg, and Bogaerts turned it into a double play. Even Ellsbury wasn’t up to pace with Bogaerts.
Wright pitched 106 pitches through 8 innings, leading it to the top of the 9th. Yankees shining end of the bullpen set up man Chasen Shreve came in for lefties Ortiz and Sandoval. Sandoval hit a ground rule double that looked gone when he hit it. He intentionally walks Napoli, then Rusney Castillo pinch hit for De Aza. He walked the bases loaded. But Swihart failed to knock in an insurance run with bases loaded, two outs, and was called out on strikes. On the second out, it looked like it bounced before going into diving Castillo’s glove. Teixeira was credited for a base hit after Joe Girardi’s challenge. Headley walked, but JBJ ran to make the final out on pinch hitter Brian McCann and lead the Sox to a 2-1 win. The Sox rode youngsters JBJ and Wright and future hall of famer Big Papi, plus utility waiver pick-up Alejandro De Aza to a 2-1 win, Wright pitching a gem, and his best game of possibly his entire MLB career. The Sox and Yanks play the rubber match tonight at 7.