In the first game at Citi Field where Major League players took the field, the Mets held off the Red Sox. Livan Hernandez pitched three scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and two walks.
It turned out that bullpen stalwarts Brian Stokes, Sean Green and JJ Putz gave up the three runs that put Boston within striking distance. But Francisco Rodriguez shut them down in the ninth to preserve the win. Bobby Parnell also pitched a scoreless inning.
In the same day when the Mets signed Gary Sheffield, Daniel Murphy and Ryan Church, the starting outfielders, went hitless. Murphy also showed his rookie weakness when he misjudged a ball, which turned into a double.
Meanwhile, backups Fernando Tatis and Bobby Kielty combined for two hits and two RBI. Alex Cora and Carlos Beltran knocked in the other two runs.
It was a rainy and windy night at the ball park, which led to a rain delay. But fans weren’t disappointed as they resumed the game.
The Mets face the Red Sox again at 1:10 p.m. Saturday in the second tune-up before the season begins on Monday. Oliver Perez goes against Daisuke Matsuzaka.