It got dicey in the ninth, but the Mets were able to salvage the final game of their three-game series with the Red Sox on Sunday.
The Mets jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second when Noah Syndergaard delivered with a two-out single to score Michael Cuddyer from second.
David Ortiz gave the Red Sox the 2-1 lead in the sixth when he slammed a two-run shot to right.
But the Mets took back the lead in the bottom of the inning. Daniel Murphy led off with a single and Cuddyer walked. Juan Uribe doubled to score both runners to make it 3-2. Anthony Recker singled him home to extend the lead to 4-2.
It didn’t last long. With a runner on third with two outs in the seventh, Jackie Bradley, Jr. hit a ground rule double to make it 4-3. That was all for Syndergaard. Hansel Robles came on and Mookie Betts hit a bloop down the line in left. Cuddyer, who initially did not even move on the ball for some reason, could not get to it and Bradley scored to tie the game. To make matters worse, no one was covering third and Betts just kept on running and pulled in to third with a triple. Tyler Clippard was called on to face Pablo Sandoval. He struck him out to end the inning.
Syndergaard went 6.2 innings, allowing four runs on six hits. He struck out three and walked one. His ERA rose to 3.31 as he took a no-decision.
The Mets answered right back in the bottom of the seventh. With Murphy on first with two outs, he stole second. It was huge because Cuddyer, making up for his fielding mistake, singled and Murphy was able to score from second to break the tie and give the Mets a 5-4 lead.
So it was Jeurys Familia in the ninth. Rusney Castillo led off and hit a grounder to short. Ruben Tejada hesitated for a moment fielding it, long enough for Castillo to beat it out for an infield single. Blake Swihart followed with a single to left. After failing to get down a sacrifice bunt, Alejandro De Aza struck out for the first out. Travis Shaw hit a grounder to short; Murphy just getting to second base in time to get the out. With runners on first and third with two outs, it was Betts. He struck out to end the game.
Mets hang on to win, 5-4.