Holt pow­ers Red Sox to vic­tory over Mets

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

Pinch-hit­ter Brock Holt drove a tiebreak­ing dou­ble off the Green Mon­ster on the first pitch af­ter Jackie Bradley Jr. hit one off the very top of the left-field wall, help­ing the Bos­ton Red Sox beat the New York Mets 5-3 on Satur­day to lower their magic num­ber to five.

Rick Por­cello (17-7) earned his 10th straight in­ter­league vic­tory, pitch­ing five in­nings of twohit ball as the Red Sox im­proved their ma­jor leaguebest record to 102-47. Steve Pearce had three hits for Bos­ton, and Craig Kim­brel pitched the ninth for his 41st save.

The Mets, who had won four straight, took a 3-1 lead on Bran­don Nimmo’s three-run homer in the fourth. With two on in the fifth, Bradley lined a ball that bounced off the top edge of the wall and up, back to­ward the field. Although the um­pires sig­naled for him to cir­cle the bases, Bradley was sent back to sec­ond base when re­plays showed it didn’t com­pletely clear the red line that signifies a homer.

Paul Se­wald (0-6) in­ten­tion­ally walked Rafael Dev­ers, Drew Smith re­placed Se­wald, Holt hit for Sandy Leon and, on the first pitch, lined one off the Mon­ster in left-cen­ter to score both run­ners and make it 5-3.

Holt has five ex­tra-base hits in 14 ap­pear­ances as a pinch-hit­ter this sea­son, in­clud­ing his sec­ond game-win­ning pinch-hit homer of the sea­son Tues­day.

Por­cello al­lowed three runs, walk­ing one and strik­ing out five. The Red Sox have won each of his last 14 in­ter­league starts — the long­est streak since reg­u­lar sea­son in­ter­league play be­gan in 1997; Jo­han San­tana started 12 straight in­ter­league wins from 2002-05.

Se­wald got two outs, al­low­ing four runs on three hits and an in­ten­tional walk. He also struck out one.

Bos­ton’s 102 wins is third-most in fran­chise his­tory, pass­ing the 1915 World Se­ries cham­pi­onship team. The Red Sox need to win four of their last 13 games to sur­pass the fran­chise record of 105 set by the 1912 champs.

En­emy Ter­ri­tory

A large con­tin­gent of Mets fans, many wear­ing the same blue and or­ange shirt, took over the right­field cor­ner at Fen­way Park and at times out­shouted the home crowd. Both sides took part in a spir­ited “Yan­kees Suck!” chant in the eighth in­ning.

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