Things didn't look bright for the Red Sox heading into New York to face the Mets, who had won their last seven games. To make things worse, New York had ace Matt Harvey on the mound for the first game of the weekend series.
Against all odds, the Red Sox were able to come out with a victory by a score of 6-4 in the series opener after rookie catcher Blake Swihart hit an inside-the-park home run in the 10th inning.
Swihart’s hit slammed off the center field wall before getting past center fielder Juan Lagares. The run broke a 3-3 tie. Josh Rutledge and Xander Bogaerts then proceeded to drive in two more runs before the side was retired, helping to prevent yet another bullpen collapse.
Heading into the seventh inning down 2-0, the Red Sox came out swinging, scoring three times off of a solo shot from David Ortiz and a two-run blast from outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. Relief pitcher Alexi Ogando then entered the game for the Sox and blew a late-inning lead, something the Red Sox are all too familiar with.
The home run by Ortiz was number 493 for his career, tying him with Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff for 27th on the all-time list.
Red Sox starter Henry Owens pitched very well against a Mets' lineup that has been very good lately, giving up two runs on five hits in five innings of work.
Matt Harvey, as usual, was fantastic for New York, pitching six scoreless innings.
The Red Sox and Mets will play game two of the series tomorrow at 4:05 pm ET.
By Jacob Young, @Jacob_BBS