Brock Holt hits for the cycle and Mookie Betts comes close

BROCK HOLT

ON THIS DATE (June 16, 2015) ... The Red Sox witnessed a memorable performance by Brock Holt, who paced the 9-4 victory over the Braves with the first cycle by a Boston batter since John Valentin on June 6, 1996.

The monster performance by Holt helped the Red Sox snap a seven-game losing streak.  After doubling in the first, hitting a single in the fifth and clubbing a homer to the opposite field in left in the seventh. 

Brock Holt knew there was a cycle out there. He didnít realize it was his. The Red Sox dugout was on a Mookie Betts watch. He was a home run shy of the cycle, and his teammates made sure to put a bug in his ear. Meanwhile, Holtís day was flying under the radar when he came to the plate in the eighth inning. The last puzzle piece Holt needed to complete the cycle was also the trickiest: a triple.

But when Braves reliever Sugar Ray Marimon left an 0-and-1 fastball over the plate, Holt sent a fly screaming toward the garage door in center field that had trouble written all over it.

The cycle was one thing, but the triple drove in the last of a flurry of runs in the Soxí 9-4 win, snapping a seven-game losing streak and putting a trying stretch behind them as they head on the road for another quick two-game set against the Braves, this time in Atlanta.

Without Dustin Pedroia and Hanley Ramirez (stiff back), the Red Sox needed others to step up, and they did. Every player in the starting nine recorded at least one hit, including the four by Holt. Mookie Betts went 3-for-5, including a double and a triple. Pablo Sandoval, Xander Bogaerts, Napoli and Alejandro De Aza all chipped in with two hits.

 

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W-Wade Miley (6-6)
L-Julio Teheran (4-3)
Attendance - 35,662

2B-Freeman (Atl), Uribe (Atl), Ciriaco (Atl),
Pierzynski (Atl), Holt (Bost), Betts (Bost),
Napoli (Bost), De Aza (Bost), Sandoval (Bost)

3B-Betts (Bost), Holt (Bost)

HR-Holt (Bost)