Steven Wright allowed one run over seven innings and struck-out 10 batters as the Pawtucket Red Sox beat the Charlotte Knights 6-1 on Thursday in the opening game of their four-game series from McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, R.I.
The Knights scored their only run of the game in the first inning and did courtesy of Marcus Semien, who hit his third home run of the season. The home run, which was a solo shot off Wright, was Semien’s second home run over his last three games. He had three of Charlotte’s four hits on the night and finished the game 3-for-4.
As for Wright (1-1, 1.35), he settled in over his next six innings and allowed just two hits along the rest of the way. He walked just one batter and was helped out by his offense, which belted out 10 hits in all.
Charlotte starter Erik Johnson (1-4, 6.70) allowed four runs on six hits over four innings and was charged with the loss. Johnson, who is ranked by Baseball America as the Chicago White Sox second-best prospect, walked five and struck-out three.
Three PawSox batters had at least two hits each, including Christian Vazquez, who hit Pawtucket’s lone home run. Vazquez finished the game 2-for-3 with two runs scored and the home run. His solo shot came off Donnie Veal in the eighth inning.
The two teams will play game two of their series on Friday night. RHP Dylan Axelrod (2-6, 5.02) is scheduled to start for the Knights, while Boston’s Clay Buchholz is expected to make a Major League rehab start for the PawSox.
Pre-game radio coverage of Friday’s 7:05 p.m. game from Pawtucket starts at 6:50 p.m. on ESPN Radio 730 AM and WRHI (94.3 FM and 1340 AM).
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