Saturday, 08 August, 2020

Vazquez powers Red Sox to sweep of Mets

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Cary Erickson | 02 August, 2020, 06:40

Before and after it has been a different story.

And yet, for the second night in a row, the game was there for the inning in the last innings and the Mets failed to deliver. Pete Alonso was released and J.D. Davis singled. Suddenly, the Red Sox find themselves at the bottom of the American League East standings with a 3-4 overall record. Pillar is the sixth player with at least one hit and one run in each of his first four games as a member of the Red Sox (last: Todd Walker in 2003). Wednesday looked like it was headed to extra innings, but a big eighth inning helped the Red Sox earn a 6-5 victory.

After holding on for a 6-5 win over the Mets to snap a four-game losing streak, the Red Sox will be back at it Thursday night when they close out their series in NY. Conforto struck out against Barnes with two runners on base after the right-hander had fallen behind 3-1 in the count. In his first start July 25 against the Braves, he allowed just one run on two hits over six innings. He is the first Red Sox catcher with four homers in the first seven games of a season since Carlton Fisk in 1981.

Perez made two appearances (one start) against the Mets in 2019, pitching his way to a 0-0 record and a 4.50 ERA with eight strikeouts in eight combined frames.

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Matz slogged through his initial four innings, throwing 80 pitches, and fell into a 3-2 hole on Christian Vazquez's second homer of the game, a towering two-run shot to left field that kept carrying over Davis' head.

Matz (0-1) allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out three over 5 1/3 innings. Perez struggled against the Baltimore Orioles last Saturday, giving up five runs (four earned) in five innings to suffer a loss. The blast was Vazquez's third in two days - he went deep against Seth Lugo a night earlier to tie the game in the seventh inning. In the inning, Wilson Ramos and Alonso each walked and Brandon Nimmo was hit by a pitch. McNeil delivered an opposing field single to the left that gave the Mets a 2-1 lead.

NY is expected to send lefty Stephen Matz to the hill at Citi Field for the series finale against the Red Sox on Thursday.