Mets rally falls short in loss to Red Sox

Tanya Simon
August 2, 2020

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). Conforto struck out against Barnes with two runners on base after the right-hander lagged 3-1 on the count. Davis LF, 5. Conforto RF, 6. Matz was terrific in a no-decision during his first start of the season, limiting Atlanta to just one run on two hits in six innings of work. "That is something we have insisted on, situation blows, doing the job and two nights in a row I have not been able to do it".

Manager Luis Rojas said he had "no concern" about Cano. And move away from that focus that led to that count.

With two outs in the eighth, Rojas admitted that he considered using Dominic Smith to hit Giménez, but stayed with the rookie based on his two hits the night before.

Mets relievers have a 6.39 ERA this season and have allowed a run in every game since the opener, when deGrom, Lugo and Diaz combined on a three-hitter in a 1-0 win over the Braves. Matz gave up one run over six innings against the Braves on Saturday.

Vazquez was 4-for-8 with three homers and six RBIs in the two games in NY.

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The Boston Red Sox will travel on the road to Citi Field for the conclusion of their four-game interleague series against the New York Mets on Thursday night.

Martin Perez (0-1, 7.20 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for the Red Sox against Steven Matz (0-0, 1.50 ERA) in a battle of left-handers. The Red Sox will look to even up their first series in the 2020 season. He hit a game-tying homer in the seventh inning Wednesday night before adding what proved to be the decisive two-run single in the eighth inning of the Red Sox's 6-5 win.

McNeil's two-run single in the third inning gave the Mets their score against Perez.

"Coming out on top of this one is a big one for us", said Red Sox starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, who allowed two runs over five innings. In the inning, Wilson Ramos and Alonso walked and Brandon Nimmo was hit by a pitch. The Mets took a short-lived lead in the third on a two-run single by Jeff McNeil, but Xander Bogaerts led off the fourth with a single before Vazquez homered just beyond the reach of left fielder J.D. Davis for a 3-2 edge.

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