Mike Pelfrey was great, Josh Beckett was better.
Jonathan Papelbon was good, Omir Santos was better.
Kevin Youklis, Jason Bay, J.D. Drew and Mike Lowell were good, J.J. Putz, David Wright, Luis Castillo and Ramon Martinez were better.
The Red Sox were good, the Mets were better.
The Mets won after a two-run home run by Santos in the top of the 9th inning off Papelbon. Pelfrey pitched seven spectacular innings, allowing two runs in the first. Putz closed, as K-Rod was suffering back spasms and collapsing.
Surprisingly, the Mets have a chance to sweep this afternoon. I was very wrong with my preview.