Brock Holt's pinch-hit homer lifts Red Sox over Phillies 2-1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Brock Holt took advantage of a rare opportunity.

Holt belted a pinch-hit tiebreaking homer, Rick Porcello threw seven impressive innings and the major league-leading Boston Red Sox beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 Tuesday night.

Sandy Leon also went deep for Boston, which improved to 86-35. The Red Sox increased their total to 168 homers, matching their number from last year when they hit an AL-low 168.

Porcello (15-5) gave up one run and two hits, striking out 10. He tied Max Scherzer and Luis Severino for most wins in the majors.

Rhys Hoskins homered, but the Phillies wasted a solid outing from Nick Pivetta. He allowed one run and three hits in six innings.

Holt hit the first pitch he saw from Tommy Hunter (3-2) in the eighth off the video screen on the facing of the second deck in right field.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Holt wouldn't have been used in that spot in an American League ballpark because he wouldn't have removed Porcello after only 90 pitches.

''We don't have a lot of opportunities to pinch-hit in the AL so I was in the cage, taking flips, staying loose, trying to stay more ready than normal,'' Holt said. ''Just wanted to be ready for a good pitch to hit. Pinch-hitting is a tough job.''

Heath Hembree tossed a perfect eighth, striking out Odubel Herrera swinging at a pitch that hit his left foot. Craig Kimbrel finished the two-hitter for his 36th save in 40 chances. He's 41 for 41 in interleague games in his career.

Leon gave the Red Sox a 1-0 lead in the third. The least dangerous hitter in Boston's lineup sent a 95 mph fastball into the seats in right-center for his fifth homer.

Porcello followed with a liner over right fielder Nick Williams' head and slid headfirst into second base for his second career extra-base hit.

''I got lucky,'' Porcello said.

Cora was afraid Porcello might get hurt when he saw him start to dive.

''That slide was horrible,'' Cora said. ''He was ready to hit. He's a good athlete, he competes.''

Porcello retired his first 12 batters before Hoskins drove his 23rd homer out to left in the fifth.

The Phillies have lost five of seven to fall into second place in the NL East behind Atlanta.

''I don't see us pressing,'' manager Gabe Kapler said. ''I see us competing and staying in the game to the end. We lost to one of the best teams in baseball.''

CATCHER APPRECIATION

Porcello on Leon: ''No disrespect to any catcher I've ever thrown to, but he's the best. He's the heartbeat of the pitching staff. He always knows what to throw. We rely on him. He's as good a game-caller as there is.''

NL DOMINANCE

The Red Sox have won 20 of their last 23 interleague games.

ROSTER MOVES

The Phillies traded righty Jake Thompson to the Milwaukee Brewers for cash. Thompson was acquired in the trade that sent former ace Cole Hamels to Texas in 2015. He was 7-8 with a 4.87 ERA in 30 appearances, including 18 starts, in three seasons in Philadelphia. ... Former Phillies closer Hector Neris was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and infielder J.P. Crawford was sent down.

LINEUP SHUFFLE

Kapler moved Williams up to No. 2 and Asdrubal Cabrera to No. 3. Hoskins went from second to cleanup and Carlos Santana dropped from No. 4 to fifth in the order.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: C Blake Swihart was activated from the disabled list and C Dan Butler was designated for assignment. ... 2B Ian Kinsler could return Wednesday from a strained left hamstring.

Phillies: C Wilson Ramos was 4 for 9 with three doubles in three rehab games for Single-A Clearwater and could join the lineup Wednesday. The two-time All-Star catcher hasn't played since being acquired from Tampa Bay on July 31 because of a hamstring strain.

UP NEXT

RHP Nathan Eovaldi (5-4, 3.74 ERA) makes his fourth start for the Red Sox since arriving in a trade from Tampa Bay while RHP Vince Velasquez (8-9, 3.98 ERA) goes for the Phillies on Wednesday night.

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  • W: R. Porcello (15-5)L: T. Hunter (3-2)S: C. Kimbrel (36)
  • HR: BOS - B. Holt (3), S. Leon (5), PHI - R. Hoskins (23)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Betts CF30100100.350.439.6681.1065.0
A. Benintendi LF40000013.298.380.502.882-0.5
M. Moreland 1B40000001.255.323.465.7880.0
J. Martinez RF40100020.333.400.6651.0650.0
X. Bogaerts SS40100001.274.350.507.8561.0
R. Devers 3B30000122.242.298.423.7220.0
E. Nunez 2B40000012.261.287.376.663-0.5
S. Leon C31111010.211.267.333.6005.5
R. Porcello P20100010.400.400.8001.2001.5
a- B. Holt PH11111000.263.345.368.7146.0
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C. Kimbrel P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-homered for Porcello in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B40000021.261.371.370.741-1.0
N. Williams RF40000021.260.331.455.786-1.0
A. Cabrera SS40000031.270.322.474.796-1.5
R. Hoskins LF31111000.253.365.499.8646.0
C. Santana 1B30000020.214.349.393.742-1.0
M. Franco 3B30000000.277.319.477.7960.0
O. Herrera CF30100010.270.324.449.7730.5
J. Alfaro C30000021.247.306.378.684-1.0
N. Pivetta P10000010.125.176.156.333-0.5
a- R. Quinn PH10000000.250.276.357.6330.0
P. Neshek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Hunter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
V. Arano P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- J. Bour PH00000100.229.350.413.7631.0
S. Kingery PR00000000.223.266.321.5862.0
  • a-flied out for Pivetta in the 6th
  • b-walked for Arano in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Betts (35), R. Porcello (2)
  • HR - S. Leon (5), B. Holt (3)
  • RBI - S. Leon (21), B. Holt (31)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Moreland, R. Devers, E. Nunez 2 (2)
BATTING
  • HR - R. Hoskins (23)
  • RBI - R. Hoskins (73)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Cabrera, J. Alfaro
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Betts (24)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - S. Kingery (9)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Franco-Hernandez-Santana; Hernandez-Cabrera-Santana)
  • E - M. Franco (11)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Porcello (W, 15-5)7.021101014.041.1533.0
H. Hembree (H, 17)1.00000203.861.374.0
C. Kimbrel (S, 36)1.00001102.521.049.5
PITCHERSIP
R. Porcello (W, 15-5)7.0
H. Hembree (H, 17)1.0
C. Kimbrel (S, 36)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
N. Pivetta6.03111614.371.2519.0
P. Neshek1.00001100.680.902.5
T. Hunter (L, 3-2)1.02110114.001.33-4.5
V. Arano1.01000001.971.072.0
PITCHERSIP
N. Pivetta6.0
P. Neshek1.0
T. Hunter (L, 3-2)1.0
V. Arano1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 90-61, H. Hembree 18-11, C. Kimbrel 18-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 6-5, H. Hembree 1-0
  • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 23, H. Hembree 3, C. Kimbrel 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - N. Pivetta 84-60, P. Neshek 16-10, T. Hunter 15-10, V. Arano 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Pivetta 5-6, V. Arano 2-1
  • Batters Faced - N. Pivetta 21, P. Neshek 4, T. Hunter 5, V. Arano 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts CF30100100.350.439.6681.1065.0
A. Benintendi LF40000013.298.380.502.882-0.5
M. Moreland 1B40000001.255.323.465.7880.0
J. Martinez RF40100020.333.400.6651.0650.0
X. Bogaerts SS40100001.274.350.507.8561.0
R. Devers 3B30000122.242.298.423.7220.0
E. Nunez 2B40000012.261.287.376.663-0.5
S. Leon C31111010.211.267.333.6005.5
R. Porcello P20100010.400.400.8001.2001.5
a- B. Holt PH11111000.263.345.368.7146.0
H. Hembree P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Kimbrel P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-homered for Porcello in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B40000021.261.371.370.741-1.0
N. Williams RF40000021.260.331.455.786-1.0
A. Cabrera SS40000031.270.322.474.796-1.5
R. Hoskins LF31111000.253.365.499.8646.0
C. Santana 1B30000020.214.349.393.742-1.0
M. Franco 3B30000000.277.319.477.7960.0
O. Herrera CF30100010.270.324.449.7730.5
J. Alfaro C30000021.247.306.378.684-1.0
N. Pivetta P10000010.125.176.156.333-0.5
a- R. Quinn PH10000000.250.276.357.6330.0
P. Neshek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Hunter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
V. Arano P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- J. Bour PH00000100.229.350.413.7631.0
S. Kingery PR00000000.223.266.321.5862.0
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  • a-flied out for Pivetta in the 6th
  • b-walked for Arano in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Betts (35), R. Porcello (2)
  • HR - S. Leon (5), B. Holt (3)
  • RBI - S. Leon (21), B. Holt (31)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Moreland, R. Devers, E. Nunez 2 (2)
BATTING
  • HR - R. Hoskins (23)
  • RBI - R. Hoskins (73)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Cabrera, J. Alfaro
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Betts (24)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - S. Kingery (9)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Franco-Hernandez-Santana; Hernandez-Cabrera-Santana)
  • E - M. Franco (11)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Porcello (W, 15-5)7.021101014.041.1533.0
H. Hembree (H, 17)1.00000203.861.374.0
C. Kimbrel (S, 36)1.00001102.521.049.5
Total9.02111131---
PITCHERSIP
R. Porcello (W, 15-5)7.0
H. Hembree (H, 17)1.0
C. Kimbrel (S, 36)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
N. Pivetta6.03111614.371.2519.0
P. Neshek1.00001100.680.902.5
T. Hunter (L, 3-2)1.02110114.001.33-4.5
V. Arano1.01000001.971.072.0
Total9.0622282---
PITCHERSIP
N. Pivetta6.0
P. Neshek1.0
T. Hunter (L, 3-2)1.0
V. Arano1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 90-61, H. Hembree 18-11, C. Kimbrel 18-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 6-5, H. Hembree 1-0
  • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 23, H. Hembree 3, C. Kimbrel 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - N. Pivetta 84-60, P. Neshek 16-10, T. Hunter 15-10, V. Arano 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Pivetta 5-6, V. Arano 2-1
  • Batters Faced - N. Pivetta 21, P. Neshek 4, T. Hunter 5, V. Arano 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Holt homered to right21
  • 5TH INNING
    Hoskins homered to left center11
  • 3RD INNING
    Leon homered to right center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Victor Arano relieved Tommy Hunter
    • JD. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez grounded out to third
    • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts reached on an infield single to third
    • R. Devers: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Devers lined out to left
    • E. Nunez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Nunez grounded into fielder's choice to second, Bogaerts out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Craig Kimbrel relieved Heath Hembree
    • Justin Bour hit for Victor Arano
    • J. Bour: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bour walked
    • Scott Kingery ran for Justin Bour
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Hernandez flied out to left
    • N. Williams: Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Williams lined out to shortstop
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Kingery stole second, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Tommy Hunter relieved Pat Neshek
    • S. Leon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Leon struck out looking
    • Brock Holt hit for Rick Porcello
    • B. Holt: Holt homered to right
    • M. Betts: Ball, Foul, Betts doubled to left center
    • A. Benintendi: Benintendi flied out to left
    • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Betts stole third, Moreland flied out to left
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Heath Hembree pitching
    • Ma. Franco: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Franco grounded out to pitcher
    • O. Herrera: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
    • J. Alfaro: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Alfaro struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Pat Neshek pitching
    • JD. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Bogaerts lined out to right
    • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Devers walked
    • E. Nunez: Nunez lined out to right
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Porcello Pitching:
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera flied out to left
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hoskins flied out to right
    • C. Santana: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • N. Pivetta Pitching:
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts lined out to right
    • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Benintendi lined out to first
    • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Moreland flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Roman Quinn hit for Nick Pivetta
    • R. Quinn: Quinn flied out to left
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • N. Williams: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • N. Pivetta Pitching:
    • E. Nunez: Strike swinging, Nunez flied out to left
    • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Leon grounded out to second
    • R. Porcello: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Porcello struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Porcello Pitching:
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Hoskins homered to left center
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Santana grounded out to second
    • Ma. Franco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Franco grounded out to first
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Foul, Herrera singled to right center
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Alfaro grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • N. Pivetta Pitching:
    • M. Moreland: Moreland fouled out to third
    • JD. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike swinging, Bogaerts safe at first on 3rd baseman Franco fielding error
    • R. Devers: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • R. Porcello Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez grounded out to first
    • N. Williams: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • N. Pivetta Pitching:
    • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
    • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Leon homered to right center
    • R. Porcello: Porcello doubled to deep right center
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
    • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Benintendi grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Betts out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Porcello Pitching:
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Herrera grounded out to second
    • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Alfaro struck out looking
    • N. Pivetta: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pivetta struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • N. Pivetta Pitching:
    • JD. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Martinez singled to left
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bogaerts grounded into double play third to second to first, Martinez out at second
    • R. Devers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • R. Porcello Pitching:
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hoskins flied out to deep left
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
    • Ma. Franco: Ball, Franco flied out to deep center
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • N. Pivetta Pitching:
    • M. Betts: Betts popped out to first
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
    • M. Moreland: Moreland grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Porcello Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
    • N. Williams: Williams grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)