Monday, June 20, 2016

AL ERA leader Wright leads Red Sox against White Sox

The Red Sox and the White Sox open a four-game set Monday night at Fenway Park when a pair of right-handers take the mound. Steven Wright of the Red Sox opposes Miguel Gonzalez of the White Sox in the series opener.
Wright comes in with a five-game winning streak and leads the American League with a 2.22 ERA. The knuckleballer has gone at least seven innings in five of his last six starts. During that span, he has allowed 10 runs in 43 2/3 innings with 33 strikeouts.
In his last start, Wright allowed three runs over 7 1/3 innings against the Orioles on Wednesday. It was just the third time this season he has allowed three or more runs. He allowed six hits and struck out four.
"It is the pitch where if you throw enough strikes, you can put yourself in a position to go deep into games," Wright said. "That's my goal. You don't want to give up runs, but the ultimate goal is to keep the team within striking distance. I don't want to give up runs, no one does."
Gonzalez (1-2, 4.74 ERA) will be making his 10th appearance (ninth start) for the White Sox. Gonzalez has gone six innings just once this month. He has made four appearances in June (three starts) and has a 1-1 record with a 5.17 ERA. He has given up nine runs in 15 2/3 innings.
In his last start, Gonzalez exited after 3 1/3 innings -- his shortest outing as a starter this year. He allowed a season-high seven runs on eight hits. He struck out three and walked four in a loss to Detroit on Wednesday.
Things to know about this game
• Wright has made two career starts against Chicago. He is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA against the White Sox with 14 strikeouts in 13 innings.
• Gonzelez is 6-1 with a 3.27 ERA in 12 career appearances (10 starts) against Boston.
• David Ortiz is hitting .200 (3-for-15) in his career against Gonzalez, but he has three RBIs and a homer off the right-hander.

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