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Brock Holt hits for the cycle
June 16, 2015

Brock Holt became the first Red Sox player to hit for the cycle in 19 years to lead the team to a 9-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves, snapping a seven-game losing streak.

Holt began the day with a double to lead off the bottom of the first inning, then scored the game’s first run when Betts followed with a double of his own to drive him in.

The only out that Holt recorded during his 4-for-5 day at the plate came on a ground out in the third inning, when Braves pitcher Julio Teheran retired the side in order. Two innings later Holt would single to right, only to be caught stealing to end the inning with the game tied at 2.

Boston piled on three more runs to take the lead in the 6th without Holt’s assistance, but he would extend that lead with a solo homer in the 7th inning to put the Red Sox up 6-2.

The game nearly came to an end without giving Holt another at-bat, but Alejandro De Aza beat out an infield single to give his teammate one last shot at the cycle in the bottom of the 8th. The Brock Star took advantage of the opportunity, smacking a shot to the triangle in center field that bounced around just long enough for him to hustle his way to third for the triple he needed to complete the cycle.

Holt became the first player in the majors to hit for the cycle in 2015 and the first Red Sox player to do it since John Valentin in 1996.

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