Papi's 2 HRs back Wright's stuff in New York

May 9th, 2016

NEW YORK -- David Ortiz continued to torment the Yankees with a two-homer night and Dustin Pedroia also went deep off Luis Severino, supporting Steven Wright's three-hitter as the Red Sox posted a 5-1 victory on Sunday, winning the final game of the weekend series.

Big Papi clubbed a pair of tape-measure solo shots off the young right-hander, connecting for a 422-foot blast in the fourth inning and a 398-foot homer in the seventh.

"In this ballpark, he's extremely dangerous for obvious reasons, with the dimensions," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "He's in such a good groove, so many balls he's squaring up, he's hit hard. He's having fun. He's having fun playing."

Pedroia's two-run homer in the first provided Wright with instant support, and the knuckleballer did the rest, baffling the Yankees as he turned in the first complete game of his career.

"I feel like I've always had the same confidence. It's nice to go out there and be able to do well," said Wright. "A lot of guys have helped me along the way to keep the rhythm, especially on this team. I just try to go out there and keep the same confidence, no matter if I'm doing good or bad."

Severino rang up nine strikeouts to tie his career high as he scattered five hits over 6 2/3 innings, but run support continued to be an issue. The Yankees have scored just four runs behind Severino through his first six starts.

"If he's throwing the ball like tonight, I think he's going to win games if we score runs," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We really haven't given him much to work with."

Xander Bogaerts tacked on an eighth-inning solo home run off Yankees reliever Chasen Shreve. A ninth-inning two-out homer by Brett Gardner cost Wright a shutout.


Papi pounds Yankees, passes Yaz and Ott: Ortiz continued to put an absolute hurting on the Yankees. His two moonshots on Sunday gave him five homers in six games against the Bombers this season. With 454 homers for the Red Sox, Ortiz moved past Carl Yastrzemski and into second place behind Ted Williams on the team's all-time list. It was homer No. 512 in the career of Big Papi, moving him past Hall of Famer Mel Ott for 24th all-time. Ortiz has 52 career homers against the Yankees, placing him in a tie with Yaz for fifth in that category, behind Jimmie Foxx (70), Williams (62), Manny Ramirez (55) and Hank Greenberg (53).

"Well, it means a lot. You're talking about [some of the] all-time greatest in the history of the game, and they have done wonderful things," said Ortiz. "To be a part of that, it's something special, it makes me part of a special group. It's an honor." More >

Severino settles in: It was another night of mixed results for Severino, who continues to teeter on the brink of a demotion to the Minors. Severino's command seemed to improve after a first-inning mound visit from pitching coach Larry Rothschild, as he retired the next 10 batters with seven strikeouts before Ortiz's homer in the fourth. In all, Severino retired 19 of the final 23 men he faced, though the three homers -- and no run support -- doomed him to his fifth loss of the season.

"I feel good. I feel like my pitches are working," Severino said. "My fastball is good. My slider is [good]. I'm throwing good pitches, you know? I have to have better consistency." More >

The Wright Stuff: After winning the fifth spot in the starting rotation late in Spring Training, the knuckleballer has been the best starting pitcher for the Red Sox this season. Wright's sparkling effort lowered his ERA to 1.52, second in the American League behind Jordan Zimmermann.

"It's fun. I just want to pitch," said Wright. "As long as I can get an opportunity to pitch, I'm going to enjoy every minute of it and just go out there and try to attack the zone." More >

Castro wanders off: Baserunners were extremely hard to come by against Wright, making Starlin Castro's seventh-inning leadoff double almost a cause for celebration in the Yankees' dugout. The opportunity was squandered, however, as Castro advanced to third base on a flyout and then -- with New York trailing, 4-0 -- wandered too far from the bag on a ball that squirted away from catcher Ryan Hanigan, who fired down the line to third baseman Travis Shaw in time to erase Castro. Castro tweaked his left oblique on the play and is questionable for Monday.

"It just feels like a knot in there," Castro said. "I talked to the doctor and he tells me, if it [happened on] a swing, it would be more bad. It's not any swing, just a slide. Hopefully tomorrow we'll be all right." More >


"No idea. But a lot. It's a good park to hit homers." -- Ortiz, when asked how many homers he would have hit had he spent his career playing his home games at Yankee Stadium


Wright joined Roger Clemens and Clay Buchholz as the only Red Sox pitchers in the last 50 years to go at least six innings while allowing two runs or fewer in the first six starts of a season.


Red Sox: Buchholz (1-3, 5.71 ERA) opens a seven-game homestand for the Red Sox on Monday night against the Athletics. The right-hander turned in a strong effort in his last start, holding the White Sox to two runs over seven innings. Oakland counters with ace Sonny Gray (3-3, 4.84 ERA), who has had a tough start to the season.

Yankees:Ivan Nova will make his first start of the season on Monday as the Yankees host the Royals at 7:05 p.m. ET. Nova is replacing CC Sabathia, who is on the disabled list with a groin strain. The Yankees will add closer Aroldis Chapman to the active roster before Monday's game, as Chapman's suspension for violating baseball's domestic violence policy is set to expire.

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