Well, there's a headline I never thought I'd have to write, but Joe Kelly's great run continues.
Facing off against the National League's highest-scoring team for the month of August, Kelly shutdown the Mets' lineup for seven and a third innings as the Red Sox won 3-1 in the second game of their series against the Mets.
Kelly, who spent a significant chunk of the current season in the minors due to a trend of horrendous outings, put up his fifth excellent start in a row. Over his last five starts, Kelly is 5-0 with a 1.69 ERA. Thanks to the string of great starts, Kelly now has a 4.94 ERA for the season, marking the first time his ERA has been under five since the month of April.
Jacob deGrom took the mound for the Mets in Saturday's game. Before giving up two runs in the sixth, the Cy Young award candidate shutdown the Red Sox offense on his way to 10 strikeouts for the afternoon.
Third baseman Pablo Sandoval broke the tie with an RBI double to right-center field in the sixth, Brock Holt drove in Sandoval, and Mookie Betts hit a solo shot in the seventh to give the Sox a 3-0 lead, one they would go on to keep.
The Mets made it interesting in the seventh, but after scoring one and putting a man on third with two outs, Pablo Sandoval was able to stop Wilmer Flores’ chopper on a dive to end the inning.
The win marks three straight for the Red Sox who have also won eight of their last 11.
By Jacob Young, @Jacob_BBS