BOSTON — Pinch-hitter Brock Holt drove a tiebreaking two-run 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 defeat the Mets, 5-3, on Saturday.
Boston’s magic number to clinch a third straight American League East title is four.
Rick Porcello (17-7) earned his 10th straight interleague victory, pitching five innings of two-hit ball as the Red Sox improved their major-league-best 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 inning. 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 that the ball did not clear the red line that signifies a home run.
Paul Sewald (0-6) intentionally walked Rafael Devers, Drew Smith replaced Sewald, Holt hit for Sandy Leon and lined the first pitch off the Monster in left-center to drive in 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 on 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 to 2005.
Sewald got two outs, allowing four runs on three hits and an intentional walk. He also struck out one.
Boston’s 102 wins is the 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, 105, set by the 1912 champions.