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Final Score: Red Sox 2, Mets 1—Running in place

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A struggling offense can’t deliver a big hit, runs into multiple outs on the bases as the Mets fall back to .500.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at New York Mets Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets and Red Sox exchanged solo home runs early in the game at Citi Field, with Jeff McNeil jumping on a first pitch to deposit one in the second deck in right field in the bottom of the second, which was quickly answered by Bobby Dalbec leading off the top of the third.

David Peterson was strong thereafter, largely keeping the ball on the ground, but he gave up a leadoff double to Enrique Hernandez leading off the sixth, and Rafael Devers delivered the clutch hit the Mets could not with a broken bat single to left that gave Boston a 2-1 lead. The Mets scattered six hits across the fourth-sixth innings, but stranded a pair in each of the fourth and sixth while running into two outs on the bases in the fifth to come up empty each time.

The Mets did not strand any runners over the last few innings, as the team went quietly over the last few frames. Starter Garrett Richards and the Red Sox bullpen combined to set down the last 10 batters in order to close out Boston’s 2-1 victory over the Mets.

GameThread Roll Call

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  1. MetsFan4Decades: 90
  2. Knurk: 89
  3. JR and the Off-Balance Shots: 74
  4. LouMonte7: 70
  5. senor_mike: 53
  6. stickguy: 49
  7. painiac: 38
  8. MikeyInMadison: 18
  9. NothingButMet: 18
  10. kefmet: 16