Steven Wright, 28, earned his first major league win by pitching 5⅔ innings of shutout relief after Ryan Dempster gave up seven runs to the Mariners in just 3⅓ innings. Koji Uehara closed out the 10-inning, 8-7 victory.
Really, it was Wright, not Uehara, who deserved the save. The Red Sox were in a back-and-forth game, tied at seven after five innings. Wright gave up an RBI single to his first batter — the run was charged to Dempster — that made it 7-4, Seattle, but he got out of a one-out, two-on jam.
The game could have gotten out of hand right then, yet Wright held strong. The Sox scored three runs in the top of the fifth to tie it.
“I think holding them there stopped their momentum a bit,” Wright said. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.