BOSTON — Through all his troubles at the plate at the major league level, Dominic Smith’s first-base defense hasn’t been an issue for the Mets.
But Saturday was one of those days Smith looked just as confused in the field as at the plate. The shoddy glove work was only part of the Mets’ problem in a 5-3 loss at Fenway Park.
There was the fact the Mets managed only two hits against Rick Porcello and the Red Sox bullpen. There was unsteady work from the Mets bullpen. But in the larger scheme, Smith’s defense — he committed a throwing and fielding error — might have been the most troubling aspect for the Mets as they consider first-base options for 2019.
Corey Oswalt was removed after 2 ²/₃ innings in which he allowed an unearned run on three hits. Smith’s throwing error on a force play at second base in the first inning allowed the Red Sox to score their only run against the right-hander. Smith misplayed Rafael Devers’ grounder for an error in the second, but the Mets, who had a four-game winning streak snapped, absorbed it.
It came unhinged for the Mets in the fifth, when the Red Sox scored four runs to take a 5-3 lead. Brock Holt untied the game with a two-run double against Drew Smith, who had entered with two outs and two runners aboard.
Jackie Bradley Jr. lost a three-run homer on a replay challenge by the Mets and had to settle for a two-run double against Paul Sewald that tied it 3-3 in the fifth. Bradley appeared to have cleared the Green Monster after Steve Pearce and Ian Kinsler singled in succession but was sent back to second base on review.
Brandon Nimmo launched a three-run homer in the fourth against Porcello that gave the Mets a 3-1 lead. The homer was Nimmo’s 17th this season, one behind Todd Frazier for second on the Mets. Michael Conforto leads the team with 25 homers.