Vázquez helps Red Sox end skid, top Mets 6-5 after deGrom exit
NEW YORK — Christian Vázquez hit a tying home run off Seth Lugo in the seventh inning and a two-run single against Justin Wilson in a three-run eighth, rallying the Boston Red Sox over the Mets 6-5 Wednesday night when New York’s bullpen could not hold a lead for two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom.
Boston had lost four in a row following its opening day win over Baltimore — the equivalent of 11 straight over a full season — that included a pair of defeats to the Mets at Fenway Park.
New York closed with a run in the ninth, when a diving stop by third baseman Rafael Devers helped Brandon Workman strand the bases loaded. Workman recovered for his first save of the year by striking out Yoenis Céspedes and retiring Robinson Canó on a soft liner to shortstop.
DeGrom, throwing at up to 101 mph, extended his consecutive scoreless streak to 31 innings before allowing a pair of runs in the fourth but got his second straight no-decision, allowing two runs and three hits in six innings with four strikeouts. He left with a 3-2 lead, but Vázquez tied the score when he drove a hanging curveball from Lugo for his second home run this season.
Wilson relieved for the second straight night and got in trouble by allowing a pair of pinch hitters to reach, Kevin Pillar with a single and Xander Bogaerts with a walk.
Andrew Benintendi sacrificed, J.D. Martinez was intentionally walked and, with two outs, Mitch Moreland hit a 60-foot, four-hopper for a single that third baseman Jeff McNeil grabbed barehanded but couldn’t hold on to. Vázquez followed with an opposite-field poke down the right-field line for a 6-3 lead.
Céspedes hit his second home run of the season leading off the eighth, against Matthew Barnes.
After Workman walked his first two batters, Pete Alonso blooped a curveball just over Moreland just inside the line in short right field for his first four-hit game. Michael Conforto took a called third strike, and J.D. Davis nearly grounded the ball through the infield only for Devers to smother the ball for an infield hit and that forced the potential tying run to hold at third.
DeGrom’s scoreless streak tied for third-longest in Mets history. Boston went ahead 2-1 in the fourth on consecutive doubles by Devers and Moreland followed by a pair of wild pitches. DeGrom threw just two wild pitches in each of the 2018 and 2019 seasons but catcher René Rivera, making his first start this season, was slow in sliding his mitt toward pitches with movement.
New York’s only longer streaks were R.A. Dickey’s 32 2/3 innings in 2012 and Jerry Koosman’s 31 2/3 innings in 1973.
Nathan Eovaldi gave up two runs and eight hits in five innings. He fell behind in the first when he gave up three straight singles and Dominic Smith followed with an RBI grounder.
Former Sox skipper McNamara dies
John McNamara, who managed the Red Sox to within one strike of a World Series victory in 1986 before an unprecedented collapse on the field extended the team’s championship drought into the new millennium, has died. He was 88.
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McNamara died Tuesday at his home in Tennessee, his wife, Ellen, told The Associated Press. The death was unexpected and the cause was not yet known, she said.
A weak-hitting catcher who first signed with the St. Louis Cardinals but never made it past Triple-A, McNamara went on to win — and lose — more than 1,000 games while managing six major league teams. He took over in Boston, his fifth, in 1985 and guided the Red Sox to the AL pennant the next year.
With a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven World Series against the New York Mets, the Red Sox went ahead 5-3 in the 10th inning of Game 6 at Shea Stadium before a tumultuous series of mistakes allowed the NL champions to tie the score and then win it when Mookie Wilson’s ground ball rolled through first baseman Bill Buckner’s legs. The Mets won Game 7, leaving Boston without a championship until they finally won it all in 2004.