Boston — After only scoring five runs as a team in their opening three-game series against the Atlanta Braves, the New York Mets unloaded on offense with the long ball Monday evening at Fenway Park, as all of their runs came via the home run in a 7-4 win over the Red Sox.
Michael Conforto got the scoring started with a two-run homer that went 434 feet over the Mets bullpen in right field, surrendered by Red Sox opening pitcher Josh Osich in the top of the second inning.
Pete Alonso broke out of his slump.
After starting the season 1 for 11, Alonso hit a two-run homer with an exit velocity of 116.3 mph that just cleared the Green Monster in left field that made it 4-0 Metropolitans. Alonso joked during the postgame press conference, “there’s an advisory throughout the ballpark, you have to be aware of flying baseballs and bats.”
Dominic Smith, who was the Mets’ designated hitter as Yoenis Cespedes had the night off, also joined the party as he hit a three-run bomb into the Boston bullpen in right centerfield in the fourth inning to make it 7-0 New York.
“What we saw in the first three days is not what this team is,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said after the game.
That was way more than enough for Michael Wacha as he went five strong innings in his Mets debut after signing with the Mets after many years with the St. Louis Cardinals. In Wacha’s first appearance at Fenway since game six of the 2013 World Series, he gave up only one run, thanks to a Mitch Moreland solo shot in the fourth, while striking out four and walking only one.
For the Red Sox, Xander Bogarts hit a solo homer in the sixth off of Chasen Shreve to make it 7-2 New York. The Red Sox made it a little more interesting In the eighth inning when Bogarts grounded out to third, scoring JD Martinez to cut the deficit to 7-3. Boston made the Mets’ bullpen work as they inched closer to 7-4 thanks to a Mitch Moreland RBI single that scored Rafael Devers from second.
However, Seth Lugo recorded a four out save in order to clinch the Mets’ 7-4 victory.
Game two of the four game home and home series will take place Tuesday evening at Fenway Park at 7:30pm.