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McAdam: For second straight night, Red Sox survive an endless inning from their bullpen

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In the span of just a few days, the focus has shifted from the beginning of Red Sox games to the end.

On the first homestand, Red Sox starters were getting shelled nightly, creating deficits that the 1927 Yankees couldn't have overcome. It was dispiriting, with the games over almost before they started.

Over the last two nights, the work of the starters has vastly improved, and that, as much as anything, explains how the Red Sox were able to sweep their two-game set with the Mets in Citi Field. Wednesday night, Nathan Eovaldi did battle with Jacob deGrom and held his own.

Thursday, Martin Perez made huge strides over his first outing last weekend and limited the Mets to just two runs over six.

It's amazing what a difference it can make when you're not reeling and demoralized before the other guys go through the order a second time.

But as so often happens in the game, once one problem gets solved, another rears its ugly head. Now, it's not how the Red Sox start, it's how they finish.