The watched-at-work, listened-on-the-road bullet-point recap:
*Considering Matt Harvey held the Sox to one hit the last time he faced them, two hits is a minor triumph. Then again, considering Harvey had been pitching so poorly that he avoided the media after his last start, this just adds to the general embarrassment the Sox have suffered during a losing streak that is now seven games long.
(The Mets won that game 1-0, too.)
*Harvey retired the first 13 before J.B. Shuck lined a single to right field with one out in the fifth. Brett Lawrie followed with a line drive that was about a foot away from being a perfect first-and-thirding. Instead, it was snagged by a diving Wilmer Flores, who had an easy unassisted double play.
*Jose Abreu had the only other hit, after Adam Eaton drew a walk to start the top of the seventh. Those were the two batters Mets pitchers faced over the minimum.
*Melky Cabrera then bunted both runners over. Cabrera has bunted against Robin Ventura's wishes in the past, so it might not have been called from the dugout, but it didn't work. Todd Frazier popped out and J.B. Shuck grounded out to keep the game scorelss.
*Of course, Jose Quintana started. He exchanged zeroes with Harvey until Neil Walker hit a solo shot in the seventh. Flores followed with a double off Todd Frazier's glove, but Quintana was able to strand runners on first and second to lower his already league-best ERA to 2.13 with seven innings of one-run ball. He's now 5-5 for his troubles, the poor bastard.
*Cabrera racked up his second outfield assist in as many days, throwing out Asdrubal Cabrera at second base. Todd Fraizer also started a 5-4-3 double play on a hot shot. Throw in a scoreless inning by Matt Albers and Zach Duke (facing Walker for some reason, even though Walker hits lefties better), and the run-prevention unit wasn't the problem today.