Any disappointment Jackie Bradley Jr. had about the replay review that turned his fifth-inning home run into a double disappeared soon after Brock Holt walked to the plate.
Holt, a pinch-hitter, drove a tie breaking two-run double off the Green after Bradley narrowly missed a home run, and Boston ended the Mets’ four-game winning streak, 5-3, on Saturday.
“What’s the old saying: Everything happens for a reason,” Bradley said.
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. Combined with the Yankees’ 8-7 loss to Toronto, Boston expanded its lead in the American League East to 10½ and could clinch, regardless of what happens Sunday, by winning two out of three at Yankee Stadium this week.
Steve Pearce had three hits for Boston, and Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 41st save.
The Mets 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.
Mets Manager Mickey Callaway argued that the runner from first should have had to go back to third, but the umpires ruled that he would have scored if they had not signaled the home run.
“I was a little surprised they let one guy score,” Callaway said. “But once they set the runners after replay, you can’t really challenge that.”
After Paul Sewald (0-6) intentionally walked Rafael Devers, Drew Smith came on. Holt then pinch-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 pinch-hit appearances this season, including his second game-winning pinch-hit home run of the season Tuesday. “He’s our secret weapon,” Porcello said.
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.