Brock Holt hit a two-run homer off Mets ace Jacob deGrom and delivered a fly ball to deep center field to advance what would prove to be the winning run as the Red Sox topped the New York 4-3 Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.
Boston touched deGrom for three runs in the third inning with the first coming on a sacrifice fly by Mookie Betts to drive in Rafael Devers, followed by Holt's fifth home run of the season.
Brandon Workman (6-0) was the winner in relief with a scoreless eighth inning. Steven Wright closed out the game for his first save of the season.
Chris Sale started for the Red Sox and went three innings. He allowed one hit and struck out one while not walking anyone. He threw 27 of his 42 pitches for strikes.
The Mets tied the game with two runs in the sixth and another in the seventh. Boston took the lead for good in the eighth on a leadoff double by Tzu-Wei Lin, followed by Holt's fly ball and a sacrifice fly by Andrew Benintendi.
Betts left the game in the top of the sixth inning with what was described as left-side soreness. He expects to be ready for the opener of the three game series with the Yankees this week in the Bronx.
Speaking of the Yankees, they were beaten by the Blue Jays, lowering the Red Sox Magic Number to clinch the American League East to just two. That means Boston can clinch this week during one of the three games in New York.
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