All you need to know about the Red Sox' win over the Mets, complete with BSJ analysis and insight:
Red Sox scratch out the only run they need: Facing Jacob deGrom, inarguably the best starting pitcher in the game, the Red Sox knew they were in for a battle. They managed just four hits all night, but fortunately, they bunched two of them close together in the second inning. Xander Bogaerts doubled to left to lead off and after a groundout to the right side moved him to third base, Christian Vazquez slammed a pitch to the alley in right-center, enabling Bogaerts to trot home with what would turn out to be the only run of the night. Vazquez was coming off a three strikeout night on Tuesday and before the game, Alex Cora said he hoped his catcher would be short to the ball and hit the ball to right-center -- which is exactly what Vazquez did at exactly the biggest moment in the game.
Pivetta makes deGrom work: Nick Pivetta, who came into the game with nine career hits, didn't collect his 10th against deGrom in the third inning, but he did the next best thing: he made deGrom earn his strikeout against him. Pivetta took some good hacks against the ace, repeatedly fouling off pitches until finally, he went down swinging for the first out of inning. Importantly, though, Pivetta dragged the at-bat out for 10 pitches, adding to deGrom's pitch count and perhaps prevented him from coming out for the seventh inning. "I was just trying to compete against him, do the best I could and try to wear his pitches as much I could,'' recalled Pivetta, "and luckily it worked out in my favor.''
Whitlock dazzles: At the start of the year, the Red Sox saw Rule 5 rookie Garrett Whitlock as an intriguing prospect, one whom they would use mostly as a multi-inning reliever. But it's a measure of how much he's earned the trust of Cora that Whitlock is now being entrusted in far more demanding circumstances. Case in point: on Wednesday night, when Pivetta's pitch count climbed over 90 after five innings, Whitlock was handed the ball and asked to protect the slimmest of leads. He did so over not one, but two innings, striking out four while allowing a single and a walk. Whitlock's changeup befuddled Mets' hitters and he occasionally overpowered them with a fastball at 95-96 mpg.