The Boston Red Sox took the series opener over the Mets behind a four-RBI night from Xander Bogaerts and a strong performance from the bullpen.
There wasn’t much that happened until the fourth — both hurlers breezed through the first three innings. However, the Mets were able to draw first blood in the top of the fourth.
Eduardo Rodriguez walked the leadoff batter, Francisco Lindor, and served up a single to Javier Baez before walking Pete Alonso to load the bases. After a mound visit, Rodriguez walked home the first run of the affair before a Michael Conforto single would drive in another. But Alonso would be thrown out by center fielder Kiké Hernandez trying to grab the third run, and E-Rod got out of the inning as he retired the next two Mets he faced.
The Sox were able to get on the board later that inning. Christian Vazquez doubled home Bobby Dalbec, who singled, with an RBI double to make it 2-1.
Rodriguez would only find some more trouble in the fifth, as he allowed back-to-back hits to Brandon Nimmo and Lindor, the first two hitters in the lineup, which put two in scoring position with just one out. Ryan Brasier would get out of the jam though, and keep it a one-run ballgame.
The Red Sox struck back again in the sixth, this time taking the lead. Hernandez stroked a solo homer over the Green Monster, and a Kyle Schwarber was followed up by another Monster-clearing big fly, this time off the bat of Bogaerts to give Boston the 4-2 lead.
Brasier and Austin Davis combined for a run-less top of the sixth, and the Sox would continue to add on in the bottom half of the inning. The bases were loaded after two walks and a hit batsman, and Bogaerts added another pair of runs with a two-run single to make it a four-run lead.
Hansel Robles hurled a clean seventh inning. Garrett Richards served up a solo homer to Pete Alonso in the eighth, began the ninth, before handing it over to Darwinzon Hernanedez who struck out Nimmo to capture the win for Boston.
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