Big Papi helps Wright improve to 9-5

Big Papi helps Wright improve to 9-5

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - He's been the best in the Red Sox starting rotation this season, and heading into Friday's match up Steven Wright led the American League with a 2.18 ERA. But, it took a little help from David Ortiz's historic home run to get the Red Sox past the Angels today in Boston.

The University of Hawaii product, Wright, started off strong against the Angels. The knuckleballer struck out three, walked three, without giving up a run through the first five innings of Friday's match up.

Then, with a two run lead in the bottom of the fifth, David Ortiz ripped a solo homer down the right field line, further etching his name in Red Sox history. That homer is Big Papi's 19th of the season, and his 522nd career home run on his 2000th hit. With that he moves up to take sole possession of the 19th spot on baseball's all time list (a position he previously shared with Hall of Famers Ted Williams, Frank Thomas and William McCovey).

The Red Sox would head into the top of the 6th up 5-0.

That's when a C.J. Cron grand slam would end Wright's day on the mound.

Boston would hold on to win it 5-4. Wright is now 9-5 on the season, his 2.42 ERA drops him to second in the AL behind Cleveland's Danny Salazar (who's current ERA is 2.22).