The Red Sox snapped their four-game losing streak with a hard-fought 6-5 win over the New York Mets, rallying for three runs in the eighth inning.
Closer Brandon Workman nearly squandered a two-run lead in the ninth, walking the first two hitters he faced. With the bases loaded, an infield single brought the Mets to within a run. But Workman fanned Yoenis Cespedes then got Robinson Cano on a soft liner onto the outfield grass beyond second base to preserve the win.
Christian Vazquez launched a solo homer in the seventh to tie the game at 3-3, then drove an opposite-field single to right to score two runs.
Mitch Moreland doubled home the first run, then drove home another with a squibber to third with the bases loaded.
The Sox managed to do scratch out a couple of runs off reigning Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and got five innings of two-run ball from starter Nathan Eovaldi, their lone trustworthy start in the first week of the season.
WHO: Red Sox (1-4) vs. New York Mets (3-2)
WHEN: 7:10 p.m.
WHERE: Citi Field
SEASON TO DATE: Mets 2-0
STARTING PITCHERS: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 1.50) vs. RHP Jacob deGrom (1-0, 0.00)
TV/RADIO: NESN; WEEI 93.7 FM
9:58 Vazquez, who tied the game with a homer in his previous at-bat, comes through with a big, opposite-field single, scoring two.
9:56 Big break for Red Sox, who get a sqibber from Moreland that Jeff McNeil can't clean field cleanly, allowing the go-ahead run to score.
9:45 Big moment for Heath Hembree, who fans J.D. David on three pitches to strand two runners in scoring position and preserve the tie. This is the first time Roenicke has had to manage his bullpen with the game on line -- in the opener, he was up by double-digits, and in the last four, was hopelessly behind.
9:25 Vazquez with a huge homer on a hanging curveball from Seth Lugo, driven into the left field seats to erase the Mets' one-run lead and tie the game again.
9:13 Gimenez hits a booming triple to straightaway center to score Robinson Cano. You don't see it happen very often, but it looked like Jackie Bradley Jr. broke the wrong way on that ball and couldn't track it at the last minute.
8:55 Eovaldi laboring hear in the fifth, with his pitch count in the mid 80s and the heat perhaps taking its toll.
8:47 Behind in the count 3-and-1, Eovaldi leaves a cutter over the middle of the plate and Brandon Nimmo deposits it into the bullpen in right to tie the game.
8:33 Athletic play by Tzu-Wei Lin, who grabbed a ball to the right of the second base bag, reversed course to step on the bag for the first out, then had his low throw dug out nicely by Moreland.
8:27 Eovaldi got lucky there, hanging a curveball over the middle of the plate to Dominic Smith, who lined it to RF for a leadoff single. Could have been far worse.
8:22 Do you believe in miracles? The Red Sox have their first lead since Opening Day as Moreland moves to third on a wild pitch from deGrom and scores on another.
8:16 Nice piece of hitting by Mitch Moreland, who stayed back on a changeup and drove it to the warning track in CF, scoring Devers. deGrom's scoreless streak of 31.1 innings comes to an end. Meanwhile, that's Moreland's 200th career double.
8:12 Despite his struggles in the field, Devers now looks locked in at the plate. That's his fourth doubles in the last four games -- all of them, hit the opposite way.
7:56 Benintendi is high percentage base stealer, with an 83 percent success rate over his career. But even with a good lead there and a decent jump, gunned down by Rene Rivera at second.
7:52 deGrom is just toying with the Red Sox, with a combination of power stuff and off-speed, dotting the strike zone. The only good thing is the Sox are driving up his pitch count with some extended at-bats. He's at 43 through just three innings.
7:45 Nice pickoff by Eovaldi, who turns quickly and picks off Andres Gimenez.
7:40 For a team looking to break out of an offensive funk, it looks like the Red Sox have drawn the wrong guy. Jacob deGrom looks to be himself, which is to say, absolutely filthy.
7:31 Eovaldi wiggles out of a bases-loaded jam with just one run allowed. Given recent first innings, this has to feel like a victory.
7:12 J.D. Martinez one-hands a double off the RF wall, snapping a three-game hitless streak.