The Mets and Red Sox getting together always evokes memories of 1986 in Flushing. It's even more appropriate this year as the Mets steam toward the postseason. In their loftiest dreams, 2015 will end with the franchise's first World Series title since that magical season.
So the Mets were happy to show video of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series and their miracle comeback. They were happy to bring back fan favorite Mookie Wilson. The last-place Red Sox countered with centerfielder Mookie Betts, making it the first two-Mookie night in baseball history.
Friday night's game featured one comeback by each team and ended in extra innings. But it was the Red Sox who prevailed, 6-4 in 10 innings before 39,401 at Citi Field. The go-ahead run scored on an apparent inside-the-park home run that actually went out of the park.
The Mets, who had their seven-game winning streak snapped, remained 6 1/2 games ahead of the Nationals in the NL East as Washington lost.
Blake Swihart led off the 10th with a blast to center off Carlos Torres (5-6). The ball hit off the black beyond the fence, but no umpire called it a home run. The ball got past Juan Lagares and headed back to toward the infield as Swihart circled the bases. The Mets threw home, but Swihart slid in safely.
The Red Sox went on to score twice more in the inning off Torres. The bullpen gave up all six runs as the Mets wasted six shutout innings from Matt Harvey in his first start since Aug. 16.
If the Mets make the postseason, the seventh inning may belong to Noah Syndergaard or Steven Matz out of the bullpen. For now, though, a tryout of sorts is being held.
On Friday night, Logan Verrett was called on to relieve Harvey and protect a two-run lead for one inning. He could not.
David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley Jr. homered off Verrett -- the latter a go-ahead two-run shot.
Verrett had filled in stupendously for Harvey when the Mets decided to skip Harvey's start in Colorado last Sunday, going eight innings and allowing one run in a win.
That performance, plus a scoreless inning of relief on Thursday, earned Verrett the ball with the Mets leading 2-0.
But Ortiz slammed Verrett's first pitch over the wall in left-center for his 27th home run. Two outs later, Swihart singled and stole second without a throw.
Bradley, who was only in the lineup because Hanley Ramirez was scratched before the game with shoulder fatigue, hit a 2-and-2 slider for a two-run home run to give the Red Sox a 3-2 lead.
Harvey, showing little rust after the Mets skipped a start to preserve his innings, allowed two hits and walked one with eight strikeouts. He was lifted for a pinch hitter after throwing 103 pitches.
The Mets tied the score at 3 in the seventh when Travis d'Arnaud walked with two outs and the bases loaded against Alexi Ogando.
The Mets, who had scored 73 runs during their seven-game winning streak, pushed across two against Boston starter Henry Owens.
Wilmer Flores ran through a stop sign and scored the game's first run on a d'Arnaud single in the third. David Wright -- in his first home game since April 14 -- scored from first on a Michael Cuddyer single to right in the fourth as Boston rightfielder Rusney Castillo let the ball get past him for an error.