NEW YORK -- The last time the Boston Red Sox came to New York to play the Metropolitans, Shea Stadium had not yet been converted into a parking lot. New York Mets icon David Cone pitched for the Red Sox, Bobby Valentine managed the Mets and David Ortiz was playing for the Minnesota Twins.
And Blake Swihart was a 9-year-old Little Leaguer.
Fourteen years later, the teams renewed acquaintances in Citi Field, the Mets representing the first-place team in the National League East, the Red Sox as last-place occupants in the AL East. With Mookie Betts in center field for the Sox and Mookie Wilson playing celebrity guest in the stands, the Sox snapped the Mets' seven-game winning streak, prevailing 6-4 in 10 innings Friday night on an inside-the-park home run by Swihart.
It was the first inside-the-park home run by a Red Sox player since Jacoby Ellsbury circled the bases against the Baltimore Orioles on Sept. 19, 2011, in Fenway Park. Swihart does not have Ellsbury's speed but runs exceptionally well for a catcher, and he never broke stride after seeing his drive off Mets reliever Carlos Torres hit high off the center-field wall and carom back over the head of Mets center fielder Juan Lagares.
TV replays showed that Swihart should have been credited with a home run without having to expend so much energy, the ball actually striking above the orange boundary line designating a home run.
The Sox, shut out on two hits through six innings by Mets ace Matt Harvey, took a 3-2 lead in the seventh on home runs by Ortiz and Bradley. Ortiz hit the first pitch by Harvey's replacement, Logan Verrett, for his 27th home run of the season and 493rd of his career, tying him with Lou Gehrig (legend) and Fred McGriff (Crime Dog).
Bradley, a last-minute addition after Hanley Ramirez was scratched with right shoulder fatigue, hit a 416-foot home run to left-center after Swihart's single to give the Sox a 3-2 lead, Verrett again the victim.
Rookie left-hander Henry Owens gave up a couple of runs in five innings, his departure hastened by four walks that drove his pitch count up to 108. The Mets scored in the fourth when Wilmer Flores doubled and scored on d'Arnaud's single to center, Flores running through the stop sign of third-base coach Tim Teufel and Sox shortstop Bogaerts cutting off Betts' throw when it appeared there might be a play at the plate.
New York's second run came courtesy of Red Sox right fielder Rusney Castillo, who whiffed while trying to scoop up Michael Cuddyer's single, the ball rolling free while David Wright scored from first.
Bogaerts made a terrific play to turn a double play in the 10th, snagging Junichi Tazawa's errant throw to second on d'Arnaud's comebacker, then throwing across his body to retire the Mets batter. Tazawa, who appeared to have twisted his back on the play, walked the next four batters to make it 6-4. Torey Lovullo went to left-hander Craig Breslow, who retired Yoenis Cespedes on a fly to center to end it.
The Sox won despite issuing 11 walks.