Boston Red Sox

BOSTON – The Red Sox got back in the win column for the 102nd time in 2018 with a 5-3 victory over the Mets Saturday at Fenway Park.

The Sox put up a four-run fifth inning to erase a 3-1 New York lead. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a three-run home run that bounced off the top of the Green Monster, but saw the homer changed to a double when it was overturned on replay. With the game tied 3-3, Brock Holt picked up a pinch-hit, two-out, two-RBI double to put the Red Sox ahead for good.

The much-maligned Boston bullpen pitched four innings of shutout baseball.  Bobby Poyner, Stephen Wright, and Ryan Brasier bridged the gap to Craig Kimbrel, who picked up his 41st save of the season.

Rick Porcello tossed five innings of two-hit ball, with the lone blemish being a three-run homer by Brandon Nimmo. Porcello struck out five and walked one.

With the win, Porcello moved to 17-7 in 2018.

The Mets were held to only two hits in the game.

Xander Bogaerts drove in a run with a single in the first.

The Sox and Mets will wrap up their series on Sunday afternoon, with Chris Sale (12-4, 1.96 ERA) taking the ball against National League Cy Young candidate Jacob deGrom (8-9. 1.71 ERA).

The plan calls for Sale to throw three innings in his second start back from the shoulder inflammation that sent him to the disabled list for much of August and part of September.