Betts hurt, Red Sox beat Met 4-3 and cut magic number to 2

BOSTON (AP) Mookie Betts doesn't seem to be badly hurt, so the Red Sox can focus on clinching the AL East at Yankee Stadium for the second time in three seasons.

Betts gave Boston a scare when he injured his left side making two throws to home plate during a 4-3 win over the New York Mets on Sunday that cut Boston's magic number to two for a third straight division title.

''It kind of flared back up on the second throw. It'll be fine. I'll be ready to play Tuesday,'' Betts said. ''I was just coming out for precautionary (reasons) just to make sure it didn't get worse. Everything checked out fine and I'll be ready to go.''

Boston has an 11 1/2-game lead over the second-place Yankees and would clinch with one win during a three-game series that opens Tuesday afternoon.

''We've been looking at the standings and a lot of people have been talking about it for a month-and-a-half,'' Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. ''Now, it's right there. If it happens Tuesday, it's going to be a fun night.''

Betts, hitting .337 with 29 homers and 72 RBIs, caught a fly ball from Jeff McNeil in the sixth inning and threw home as Austin Jackson held at third. Wilmer Flores followed with another drive to right, and Betts unsuccessfully threw home as Jackson scored on the sacrifice fly.

Betts went down to one knee, and the three-time All-Star was stretching his left side and back as a team athletic trainer and Cora jogged to the outfield. Betts walked off slowly and was replaced. Cora said Betts will get treatment Monday.

Andrew Benintendi hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning off Seth Lugo (3-4) after a matchup of Sale and New York's Jacob deGrom, both Cy Young Award candidates. Brandon Workman (5-0) pitched a scoreless eighth, and Steven Wright got three outs for his first big league save.

Sale allowed one hit in three scoreless innings, lowering his AL-best ERA to 1.92 and extending his scoreless streak to 32, the longest in the major leagues this season. He made his second start after a pair of trips to the disabled list caused by mild left shoulder inflammation limited him to one appearance nearly six weeks.

''I feel a 100 percent and wouldn't be going out there if I wasn't,'' Sale said.

DeGrom gave up three runs and five hits over seven innings with 12 strikeouts and one walk, his major league-leading ERA rising slightly to 1.78. He has gone a major league record 27 straight starts holding opponent to three or fewer runs, according the Elias Sports Bureau.

Boston took a 3-0 lead in the third on Betts' sacrifice fly and Brock Holt's two-run homer. New York closed to 3-2 in the sixth on Flores' sacrifice fly and a double by Michael Conforto that bounced off the glove of Tzu-Wei Lin, who replaced Betts.

''I knew I had good stuff,'' deGrom said. ''I made a couple mistakes that inning, just had to turn the page and go out there and try to keep us in the game. We tied it up and we were in the game the whole way.''

Rosario hit a tying single in the seventh against Joe Kelly.

MARQUEE MATCUP

Sale and deGrom became the first starting pitchers to face each other with sub-2.00 ERAs and at least 100 innings since the Mets' Dwight Gooden (1.74) and the St. Louis Cardinals' John Tudor (1.95) on Sept. 11, 1985, according Elias.

IF THEY VOTED

Cora was impressed with deGrom.

''I know voting is tough and all in that,'' he said. ''He should win the Cy Young in the National League.''

Sale said: ''He's the best in the league. You saw it today.''

AGAINST THE BEST

Boston is 4-0 in games started against NL pitchers entering with ERAs among the league's top four, also winning in starts by Washington's Max Scherzer, Philadelphia's Aaron Nola and Atlanta's Mike Foltynewicz.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: Jay Bruce was the DH for the second straight day. Callaway said it was a good way to get him off his feet during an injury-plagued season in which Bruce has been limited to 82 games.

Red Sox: Cora rested both DH/OF J.D. Martinez and SS Xander Bogaerts. He said that INF Eduardo Nunez (right knee soreness) likely will be back in the starting lineup Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP Zack Wheeler (11-7, 3.23 ERA) is set to start Monday's opener of a three-game series in Philadelphia. RHP Jake Arrieta (10-9, 3.66) is slated to pitch for the Phillies.

Red Sox: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (5-7, 4.22) is scheduled to start against his former team on Tuesday. LHP J.A. Happ (16-6, 3.75) is slated for New York.

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  • W: B. Workman (6-0)L: S. Lugo (3-4)S: S. Wright (1)
  • HR: BOS - B. Holt (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Rosario SS41210000.259.298.395.6935.0
J. McNeil 2B40000004.328.381.483.8640.0
W. Flores 1B10010100.266.319.417.7353.0
J. Reinheimer PR00000000.167.259.167.426-1.0
D. Smith 1B00000000.208.243.415.6580.0
M. Conforto LF40210010.239.343.433.7763.5
T. Frazier 3B40000023.222.306.412.718-1.0
J. Bruce DH31100100.222.302.373.6752.0
B. Nimmo RF20000100.266.396.496.8922.0
K. Plawecki C40000013.223.332.384.716-0.5
A. Jackson CF41100013.255.311.338.6481.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF20010020.337.431.6191.0490.0
    T. Lin CF11100000.208.283.271.5543.0
    B. Holt SS41121021.262.347.383.7306.0
    A. Benintendi LF30010000.287.363.467.8301.0
    S. Pearce DH30100120.298.387.534.9212.0
    M. Moreland 1B30000022.246.320.440.760-1.0
    I. Kinsler 2B30000021.249.308.394.702-1.0
    J. Bradley CF-RF30100011.232.310.400.7102.5
    R. Devers 3B31100011.238.295.415.7101.5
    C. Vazquez C31100011.214.256.297.5531.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Rosario (25), M. Conforto (21)
      • SF - W. Flores (9)
      • RBI - A. Rosario (48), W. Flores (51), M. Conforto (69)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Rosario (21), M. Conforto (23)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. McNeil 2 (2), T. Frazier 3 (3), A. Jackson
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Lin (3), S. Pearce (13)
      • HR - B. Holt (5)
      • SF - M. Betts (5), A. Benintendi (7)
      • RBI - M. Betts (72), B. Holt 2 (41), A. Benintendi (81)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Holt 2 (19)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Moreland, J. Bradley, C. Vazquez
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - J. Reinheimer, J. Bruce (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Bradley (16)
      FIELDING
      • E - T. Lin (3)
      • PB - C. Vazquez (10)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. deGrom7.053311211.780.9521.0
      S. Lugo (L, 3-4)1.01110102.761.08-3.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. deGrom7.0
      S. Lugo (L, 3-4)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale3.01000101.920.848.5
      H. Velazquez1.01000003.241.492.0
      D. Pomeranz1.23220006.171.76-2.0
      H. Hembree (H, 20)0.10111004.151.38-2.0
      J. Kelly (BS, 5)1.01000104.191.302.5
      B. Workman (W, 6-0)1.00001202.331.1110.0
      S. Wright (S, 1)1.00001102.871.309.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale3.0
      H. Velazquez1.0
      D. Pomeranz1.2
      H. Hembree (H, 20)0.1
      J. Kelly (BS, 5)1.0
      B. Workman (W, 6-0)1.0
      S. Wright (S, 1)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. deGrom 107-73, S. Lugo 12-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. deGrom 2-7
      • Batters Faced - J. deGrom 27, S. Lugo 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - H. Velazquez (3)
      • HBP - H. Velazquez (7), H. Hembree
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 42-27, H. Velazquez 20-14, D. Pomeranz 34-21, H. Hembree 18-9, J. Kelly 13-10, B. Workman 19-10, S. Wright 14-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 4-3, H. Velazquez 2-1, D. Pomeranz 1-4, H. Hembree 1-0, J. Kelly 1-1, S. Wright 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 9, H. Velazquez 5, D. Pomeranz 8, H. Hembree 3, J. Kelly 4, B. Workman 3, S. Wright 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      A. Rosario SS41210000.259.298.395.6935.0
      J. McNeil 2B40000004.328.381.483.8640.0
      W. Flores 1B10010100.266.319.417.7353.0
      J. Reinheimer PR00000000.167.259.167.426-1.0
      D. Smith 1B00000000.208.243.415.6580.0
      M. Conforto LF40210010.239.343.433.7763.5
      T. Frazier 3B40000023.222.306.412.718-1.0
      J. Bruce DH31100100.222.302.373.6752.0
      B. Nimmo RF20000100.266.396.496.8922.0
      K. Plawecki C40000013.223.332.384.716-0.5
      A. Jackson CF41100013.255.311.338.6481.5
      Total3036303513-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Betts RF20010020.337.431.6191.0490.0
        T. Lin CF11100000.208.283.271.5543.0
        B. Holt SS41121021.262.347.383.7306.0
        A. Benintendi LF30010000.287.363.467.8301.0
        S. Pearce DH30100120.298.387.534.9212.0
        M. Moreland 1B30000022.246.320.440.760-1.0
        I. Kinsler 2B30000021.249.308.394.702-1.0
        J. Bradley CF-RF30100011.232.310.400.7102.5
        R. Devers 3B31100011.238.295.415.7101.5
        C. Vazquez C31100011.214.256.297.5531.5
        Total2846411137-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Rosario (25), M. Conforto (21)
          • SF - W. Flores (9)
          • RBI - A. Rosario (48), W. Flores (51), M. Conforto (69)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Rosario (21), M. Conforto (23)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. McNeil 2 (2), T. Frazier 3 (3), A. Jackson
          BATTING
          • 2B - T. Lin (3), S. Pearce (13)
          • HR - B. Holt (5)
          • SF - M. Betts (5), A. Benintendi (7)
          • RBI - M. Betts (72), B. Holt 2 (41), A. Benintendi (81)
          • 2-Out RBI - B. Holt 2 (19)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Moreland, J. Bradley, C. Vazquez
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - J. Reinheimer, J. Bruce (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Bradley (16)
          FIELDING
          • E - T. Lin (3)
          • PB - C. Vazquez (10)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. deGrom7.053311211.780.9521.0
          S. Lugo (L, 3-4)1.01110102.761.08-3.5
          Total8.06441131---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. deGrom7.0
          S. Lugo (L, 3-4)1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Sale3.01000101.920.848.5
          H. Velazquez1.01000003.241.492.0
          D. Pomeranz1.23220006.171.76-2.0
          H. Hembree (H, 20)0.10111004.151.38-2.0
          J. Kelly (BS, 5)1.01000104.191.302.5
          B. Workman (W, 6-0)1.00001202.331.1110.0
          S. Wright (S, 1)1.00001102.871.309.5
          Total9.0633350---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Sale3.0
          H. Velazquez1.0
          D. Pomeranz1.2
          H. Hembree (H, 20)0.1
          J. Kelly (BS, 5)1.0
          B. Workman (W, 6-0)1.0
          S. Wright (S, 1)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. deGrom 107-73, S. Lugo 12-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. deGrom 2-7
          • Batters Faced - J. deGrom 27, S. Lugo 4
          PITCHING
          • WP - H. Velazquez (3)
          • HBP - H. Velazquez (7), H. Hembree
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 42-27, H. Velazquez 20-14, D. Pomeranz 34-21, H. Hembree 18-9, J. Kelly 13-10, B. Workman 19-10, S. Wright 14-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 4-3, H. Velazquez 2-1, D. Pomeranz 1-4, H. Hembree 1-0, J. Kelly 1-1, S. Wright 1-1
          • Batters Faced - C. Sale 9, H. Velazquez 5, D. Pomeranz 8, H. Hembree 3, J. Kelly 4, B. Workman 3, S. Wright 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Benintendi hit sacrifice fly to center, Lin scored34
          • 7TH INNING
            Rosario singled to center, Bruce scored, Nimmo to third33
          • 6TH INNING
            Conforto doubled to deep center, Rosario scored on center fielder Lin throwing error23
            Flores hit sacrifice fly to right, Jackson scored13
          • 3RD INNING
            Holt homered to center, Vazquez scored03
            Betts hit sacrifice fly to center, Devers scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Steven Wright relieved Brandon Workman
            • J. Bruce: Bruce grounded out to second
            • B. Nimmo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nimmo walked
            • K. Plawecki: Ball, Strike looking, Plawecki popped out to second
            • A. Jackson: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Jackson struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Brandon Workman relieved Joe Kelly
            • W. Flores: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Flores walked
            • Jack Reinheimer ran for Wilmer Flores
            • M. Conforto: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Reinheimer picked off at second, pitcher to first to shortstop to pitcher, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
            • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Dominic Smith at first base
            • Seth Lugo relieved Jacob deGrom
            • T. Lin: Strike looking, Lin doubled to deep left
            • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Holt flied out to deep center, Lin to third
            • A. Benintendi: Strike (foul tip), Benintendi hit sacrifice fly to center, Lin scored
            • S. Pearce: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • H. Hembree Pitching:
            • J. Bruce: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bruce walked
            • B. Nimmo: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Nimmo hit by pitch, Bruce to second
            • Joe Kelly relieved Heath Hembree
            • K. Plawecki: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Plawecki struck out swinging
            • A. Jackson: Strike looking, Jackson flied out to right
            • A. Rosario: Rosario singled to center, Bruce scored, Nimmo to third
            • J. McNeil: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike swinging, McNeil grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. deGrom Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kinsler flied out to right
            • J. Bradley: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley singled to right
            • R. Devers: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Devers struck out looking
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Vazquez flied out to deep left
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • A. Jackson: Ball, Jackson singled to center
            • A. Rosario: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Rosario doubled to deep center, Jackson to third on center fielder Lin fielding error
            • J. McNeil: McNeil lined out to right
            • W. Flores: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Flores hit sacrifice fly to right, Jackson scored
            • Tzu-Wei Lin in center field
            • M. Conforto: Ball, Rosario to third on passed ball, Strike looking, Conforto doubled to deep center, Rosario scored on center fielder Lin throwing error
            • Heath Hembree relieved Drew Pomeranz
            • T. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Frazier grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. deGrom Pitching:
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Holt struck out looking
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi flied out to deep left
            • S. Pearce: Pearce doubled to deep left
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Moreland grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • Drew Pomeranz relieved Hector Velazquez
            • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bruce lined out to right
            • B. Nimmo: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Nimmo lined out to right
            • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Plawecki grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. deGrom Pitching:
            • R. Devers: Foul, Ball, Ball, Devers flied out to deep left
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Vazquez struck out looking
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • Hector Velazquez relieved Chris Sale
            • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rosario grounded out to shortstop
            • J. McNeil: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, McNeil grounded out to shortstop
            • W. Flores: Ball, Flores hit by pitch
            • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Conforto singled to center, Flores to second
            • T. Frazier: Ball, Flores to third, Conforto to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Frazier fouled out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. deGrom Pitching:
            • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pearce walked
            • M. Moreland: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Moreland struck out looking
            • I. Kinsler: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kinsler struck out swinging
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bradley flied out to center
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • B. Nimmo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Nimmo fouled out to catcher
            • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Plawecki flied out to deep center
            • A. Jackson: Strike swinging, Jackson grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. deGrom Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • R. Devers: Ball, Foul, Devers singled to center
            • C. Vazquez: Vazquez singled to right, Devers to third
            • M. Betts: Strike swinging, Ball, Betts hit sacrifice fly to center, Devers scored
            • B. Holt: Ball, Holt homered to center, Vazquez scored
            • A. Benintendi: Benintendi lined out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • M. Conforto: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Conforto grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
            • J. Bruce: Ball, Bruce singled to right
            • B. Nimmo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bruce caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. deGrom Pitching:
            • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
            • M. Moreland: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Moreland struck out looking
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kinsler struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • A. Rosario: Rosario flied out to center
            • J. McNeil: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, McNeil grounded out to first
            • W. Flores: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Flores grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. deGrom Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Betts struck out looking
            • B. Holt: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Strike swinging, Holt struck out swinging
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Benintendi grounded out to second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)