The Red Sox ran into a buzzsaw named Cliff Lee at Fenway last night, and came out on the short end of a 3-1 loss.
Games like this don't bother me that much. Lee is still one of MLB's quality pitchers, and it was on display last night. The Red Sox managed just 4 hits off him in 8 innings.
Jonathan Papelbon made his return to the mound at Fenway last night to a crowd mostly lustily booing. (The Red Sox had a video montage of his greatest hits that they played on Monday night, and that got a very different reaction. But Pap is an enemy now...) The Sox went 1-2-3 in the ninth, and it looked like they would no longer be alone in first.
But the Mets staged an amazing comeback against the so-called greatest closer of all-time, Mariano Rivera, as they strung together three straight hits without Rivera getting an out in the ninth, as the Mets swept the two-game series at Citi Field with a 2-1 win. It was Rivera's first blown save of 2013.
Thank you again, Mets.
The Red Sox still lead the AL East by one game. They now head to Philly to complete the four-game interleague series with their longtime hated NL rival. (That was a joke.)