The Boston Red Sox have rebounded to their winning ways Sunday night in New York taking down the Yankees 5-1. The Red Sox bats came through collecting 5 runs on 4 homers off the bats of Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts, and 2 from David “Big Papi” Ortiz. The Sox also received a stellar performance from starting pitcher, Steven Wright who tossed 9 innings allowing only 3 hits and 1 run. The night was a special one for Wright who did something only one other pitcher has done in the last 100 years.
The last pitcher to accomplish this feat was former Boston Red Sox great Roger Clemens. Both pitchers are the only players to record at least five innings with two or fewer runs and six or fewer hits in eight straight starts. In Wright’s last eight starts he is 4-3 record with a 1.89 ERA and an opponent batting average of .194.
Sunday night there was also another Red Sox breaking record. Designated hitter, David Ortiz, who hit his 511th and 512th home runs of his career, passed Giants great Mel Ott and tying Ernie Banks and Eddie Matthews for 22nd on the all-time home run list. Big Papi also set a team record passing Carl Yastrzemski for 2nd all-time on the Sox home run list with 423 HR’s. Ortiz has been on a tear this year hitting 9 home runs, a mark he did not reach last year until June; a season in which he reached 37 home runs.
The Red Sox go into tonight’s matchup against the Oakland A’s just a half a game back from the Orioles in the division. With Clay Buchholz taking the mound looking for his third quality start in a row, the Sox will see if they can touch up Athletics ace, Sonny Gray, who has struggled in his last three starts.