Red Sox Hang on for Comeback Win vs. Jacob DeGrom, Mets

Red Sox Hang on for Comeback Win vs. Jacob DeGrom, Mets

Laurence Kesterson/Associated PressThe Boston Red Sox were able to end their four-game losing streak with a 6-5 win over the New York Mets Wednesday night.New York nearly overcame a three-run deficit by loading the bases in the ninth inning with no outs. Closer Brandon Workman eventually got himself out of trouble to narrowly earn the save. Jacob deGrom started for the Mets (3-3) and extended his scoreless streak to 31 innings before finally giving up two runs in the fourth. The Red Sox then attacked the bullpen to build enough of a margin to escape with the victory.Nathan Eovaldi threw five effective innings while Christian Vazquez came through offensively for the Red Sox (2-4), who earned their first victory since Opening Day.Notable PerformancesJacob deGrom, SP, NYM: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 K, 1 BBPete Alonso, 1B, NYM: 4-for-4Andres Gimenez, SS, NYM: 2-for-4, 1 3B, 1 RBINathan Eovaldi, SP, BOS: 5 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 4 K, 1 BBChristian Vazquez, C, BOS: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 RunMitch Moreland, 1B, BOS: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 RunRed Sox Offense Overcomes Up-and-Down Pitching StaffRotation problems were expected with Chris Sale undergoing Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodriguez out due to complications from COVID-19, especially after losing David Price and Rick Porcello in the offseason.These issues were seen over the past week with at least seven runs allowed in each of the last four games.Eovaldi tried to turn things around, pitching like an ace so far with a 2.45 ERA through two starts.The right-hander had good stuff on the mound in this start:Christopher Smith @SmittyOnMLBNathan Eovaldi threw 35 four-seam fastballs, averaging 96.5 mph and topping out at98.4 mph (Statcast). He recorded 11 swings-and-misses: five with his cutter, four with his four-seamer and one each with his splitter and curveball.He also got himself out of trouble, coaxing two double plays while surviving a bases-loaded situation in the first. It was a major story of the game as the Mets ended up leaving 11 runners on base.However, Eovaldi only lasted five innings and the bullpen had its own problems with three different pitchers allowing runs. Workman gave up two hits with two walks before surviving for the save.Fortunately for the Red Sox, the offense provided enough insurance. Christian Vazquez was the star of the show Wednesday with two huge hits:Red Sox @RedSoxThat poor baseball. https://t.co/XHEt0q1Jk1Red Sox @RedSoxCALL 1-800-VAZ-QUEZ
For all your insurance needs! https://t.co/xmUoawX5jDDan Roche @RochieWBZChristian Vazquez coming up huge in this must-win game.

#RedSoxMitch Moreland was opportunistic with two RBI hits and a run on a wild pitch.Boston has enough offensive talent to win high-scoring games over the course of the season, but this team won’t compete in the AL East without better pitching.Andres Gimenez Shines as Jacob deGrom Gets Another No-DecisionEven though deGrom has been one of the best pitchers in baseball over the past two years, his 2.05 combined ERA only led to 21 total wins as the Mets struggled to provide much run support.That was the case once again as the pitcher ended up with his second straight no-decision.He was effective for most of the game, but he did give up two doubles and had two wild pitches in a rough fourth inning:Red Sox @RedSoxYeah, that works. https://t.co/RpgWxdiK4fWhen the bats woke up for New York, it was too little, too late.One bright spot for the Mets was the play of Andres Gimenez, who played well in his first career start.The shortstop got his first career hit in the second inning and then drove in a run with a triple later in the game:New York Mets @MetsThe first of many.

@andresgimenez notches his first big league hit. #LGM https://t.co/TnzRNWGha5MLB Pipeline @MLBPipelineAfter picking up his first hit earlier in the game, Andrés Giménez added his first RBI on this triple. https://t.co/LTJDP15BheEven though he entered the season as the Mets No. 3 prospect, per MLB.com, his early production was a relative surprise:Human Capital Glock @AndyGlocknerGimenez didn’t hit a ton in the minors, but he’s been really young for the leagues he’s been in. Judging on tonight, his bat looks decent enough. Exciting to see.Zach Braziller @NYPost_BrazilleGimenez has two hits in his first big league start. Rep is that of an elite defender, speedster, but he’s looked good at the plate, too. #metsThere will be limited opportunities this year with Amed Rosario and Robinson Cano getting most of the starts in the middle infield, but Gimenez provided some excitement with his performance in this one.What’s Next?These two teams will complete their four-game series Thursday at Citi Field, with Steven Matz expected to start for New York against Boston’s Martin Perez.
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