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It’s Brock Holt’s world, and we’re all just living in it. Just days after knocking a game-winning pinch-hit three-run homer, Brock Holt was at it again with his pinch-hitting heroics. Holt drove in the fourth and fifth runs of the game, ultimately giving the Red Sox exactly what they needed to take home their 102nd victory of the season. With the Red Sox win and the corresponding Yankees loss, Boston’s magic number to clinch the division now rests at four.
Brock Holt Does It Again, Red Sox Win 5-3
Brock Holt’s heroics almost never had a chance to happen. Facing a 3-1 deficit in the bottom of the fifth, Jackie Bradley Jr. came to the plate with two runners on. Bradley drove a shot toward the Green Monster for what appeared to be a three-run homer. However, after a controversial replay, the umpires determined the ball was in play before bouncing out of the field. Bradley still drove home two runs, but the game was tied.
The Mets intentionally walked Rafael Devers to face Sandy Leon in the catcher’s spot. However, Alex Cora, who has been more aggressive with pinch-hitters lately, sent Holt into the game. Holt then did his thing, driving in Bradley and Devers to give the Red Sox a 5-3 lead they would not relinquish.
The bullpen, meanwhile, pitched absolutely lights out baseball. Bobby Poyner, Steven Wright, Ryan Brasier, and Craig Kimbrel took care of the final four innings, striking out a combined four batters without allowing a single hit between them. The only batters to reach base came due to two walks issued by Wright. Ultimately, this was another strong bullpen outing authored by the guys who could easily be the top-four arms come playoff time.