The Boston Red Sox already had lost three straight to the Chicago White Sox and fell into an early hole to start the final game of the series Thursday night.

Enter Steven Wright.

After surrendering a two-run homer to Jose Abreu in the first inning, the Red Sox knuckleballer battened down the hatches and held the White Sox scoreless for the next six innings to help Boston earn an 8-2 win.

Wright last seven innings in total, surrendering two runs on six hits while striking out eight batters in a performance that earned him Amica Pitcher of the Week.

The outing arguably was the best start of the season for Wright, who has bounced between the big-league club and Triple-A Pawtucket while performing duties as a starter and a reliever. The 30-year-old improved his record to 4-4 with the win and dropped his ERA as a starter to 3.20 (14 earned runs in 39 1/3 innings).

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