They could have won this game. They should have won this series. But, as has been the case all season, the Mets squandered another quality start from ace Jacob deGrom.
deGrom struck out 12 over seven innings of work, but did allow three earned runs, including a two-run home run to Brock Holt. The Mets got a lucky break with Chris Sale only lasting three innings. They managed to scratch out three runs against the bullpen in the sixth and seventh with Michael Conforto‘s double and Amed Rosario‘s single being the big hits. However, they blew a number of scoring opportunities along the way. Jeff McNeil, Todd Frazier, Kevin Plawecki and Austin Jackson went a combined 1 for 16, stranding 13 runners on base. Jack Reinheimer entered as a pinch runner at one point and got picked off to kill another opportunity.
In the eighth inning, the Red Sox strung together a double and two sacrifice flies to score the go ahead run against Seth Lugo. The Red Sox bullpen held the Mets scoreless the last three innings and the score remained 4-3, giving the Red Sox the game and the series. The Mets will be in Philadelphia for the next three nights against the Phillies. Zack Wheeler will face off against Jake Arrieta in the opener tomorrow at 7:05 pm.