Watch Mookie Betts throw out this Astros runner by a mile

Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts, right, celebrates the team's win over the Houston Astros with Andrew Benintendi, left, and Jackie Bradley Jr., center, in a baseball game, Friday, June 16, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
Mookie Betts dances after the team's win Friday night over the Houston Astros. –Eric Christian Smith / AP

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Mookie Betts was all the difference in Friday night’s game against the Houston Astros.

With the Red Sox up 1-0 in the sixth inning, Astros shortstop Carlos Correa lined a single to right field. George Springer, who was on second base, attempted to score on Correa’s hit. Poor decision.

After fielding Correa’s hit on one bounce, Betts unloaded a laser throw, which MLB’s Statcast clocked at 96.8 miles per hour. The play at home wasn’t particularly close.

“I was running behind home, and by the time I turned around, the ball was already skipping to [catcher Christian] Vazquez,” Drew Pomeranz, who was pitching at time, told The Boston Globe after the game. “That was pretty cool.”


But Betts wasn’t done. After the Astros tied the game 1-1 in the seventh inning, Betts came up to bat in the top of the eighth and blasted a home run off pitcher Will Harris. Once again, it wasn’t particularly close.

The Red Sox held on for the 2-1 win. After the game was sealed, Betts delivered an extra-long victory dance.