BOSTON – David Peterson earned his big boy pants on Tuesday night, leaving the mound in the sixth inning to grow so quickly.
A major league start can be quite scary, but for a left-handed pitcher performing in the faded shadow of the Green Monster, the pressure can be stifled. And yet Peterson had control here against the Red Sox, perhaps silencing some anxiety about the Mets’ rotation.
Peterson mesmerized the opposition by leading the Mets to their second straight win, 8–3 at Fenway Park.
The decisive innings for the left-handed batsman was the third, when the Red Sox singled out none, but scored only once on an awkward double play that ended the frame. Overall, Peterson hit 5 ² / and allowed two earned runs on seven hits with seven strikes and departed after 78 pitches. He became the first Mets to make his MLB debut since Steven Matz on June 28, 2015.
Drew Smith, Justin Wilson, Dallin Betings and Hunter Strickland combined for 3, / ings in relief. The Mets and Red Sox are now headed to Citi Field for two matches starting on Wednesday night.
Peterson, the Mets’ first-round pick in the 2017 draft, was not officially told until Tuesday morning that he would be filling the spot in the rotation vacated by Marcus Strowman, who was placed on the injured list with a calf last week . Tears. The Mets got acquainted with Peterson at spring training and summer camps this year and were impressed with his poems.
Manager Louis Rojas said, “This person can inspire contact, this guy can get some velocity and miss in his velocity, mixed with his repertoire, so there are a lot of things he can do Could, ”manager Luis Rojas said. “Let’s see where he takes us.”
After Kevin Plavecki went on to start JD Davis’ third in left field, doubling in left field, Peterson singled off Andrew Benintendi and Jose Perza with the gloves off Brandon Nimmo. Peterson attacked JD Martinez before killing Rafael Devers, with Robinson Cano trapped and coming in second place. Plewki scored on the play and Benitendi was eventually tagged in a rundown between second and third.
The Mets (3-2) scored three runs in the eighth – two of which were scored on Jeff McNeill’s double – to give the bullpen a cushion.
Davis led the Mets to a 5–1 lead in the fifth with his first homer of the season, making it twice scalable and coming straight from the pesky pole. The night before, Davis appeared to be robbing with his first homer, as a replay showed his shot in left field cleared the Green Monster in fair field. The Mets never challenged a foul ball decision.
The Mets scored three runs in the second innings against Lefty Matt Hall without a particularly tough contact. Robinson Cano delivered an opposite-field RBI double at the start of the inning, when Davis went ahead and singled and Yonis Cespedes hit a pitch. Nimmo stepped in to load the bases and scored two runs from Ames Rosario to give the Mets a 3–0 lead.
Peterson received a gift from the start: Perza hit a shot from the Green Monster for Red Monk, who was fired in an attempt to finish second. In the second inning, Michael Conforo reached the top of the low fence, jumping into the right-field foul line to catch Michael Chavis’ pop-up.