BOSTON (AP) — Brock Holt became the first Boston player to hit for the cycle since 1996 and the Red Sox slugged their way out of a seven-game losing streak with a 9-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday.
Holt’s solo homer in the seventh put Boston up 5-2, leaving him a triple from completing the cycle. He got another at-bat in the eighth after Boston added two more runs and hit a fly ball to the triangle in center field at Fenway Park. Holt easily reached third and drove in a run.
It was the first cycle in the majors this season and the first for the Red Sox since John Valentin did it on June 6, 1996 against the White Sox in Boston.
Wade Miley tied his season high with eight strikeouts in 6 1/3 solid innings. It was his first start since getting pulled early and arguing with manager John Farrell in the dugout Thursday in a loss at Baltimore.
Miley (6-6) took a little heat off Boston’s embattled manager by helping the Red Sox out of their longest losing streak of the season. Miley scattered five hits and allowed two runs and walked two before leaving with one out and a 5-2 lead in the seventh.
Miley had plenty of offensive support from Holt and Alejandro De Aza. Holt had four of Boston’s 18 hits and De Aza drove in three runs on two hits in the first win for the Red Sox since June 7 against Oakland.
The Red Sox tagged Atlanta starter Julio Teheran (4-3) with six earned runs and 13 hits over 6 1/3 innings.
Juan Uribe had three hits for the Braves.
Braves: SS Andrelton Simmons sat out after taking a pitch to the right hand while trying to bunt Monday night in the seventh inning of Atlanta’s 4-2 win. Former Boston SS Pedro Ciriaco got the start.
Red Sox: Boston rested 2B Dustin Pedroia (left knee) and LF Hanley Ramirez (back) with a short turnaround before a flight to Atlanta.
Braves: LHP Alex Wood (4-4) starts as the interleague series moves to Atlanta for two games.
Red Sox: RHP Joe Kelly (2-4) faces the Braves for the third time in his career and first as a starter since he was pitching for the Cardinals in August 2013.
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Braves-Red Sox Runs
Red Sox first. B.Holt doubled to left. Betts doubled to center, B.Holt scored. Ortiz walked. Bogaerts singled to center, Betts to third, Ortiz to second. Sandoval hit into a double play, shortstop Ciriaco to second baseman J.Peterson to first baseman F.Freeman, Betts scored, Ortiz to third, Bogaerts out. Napoli struck out.
2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on. Red Sox 2, Braves 0.
Braves fourth. Maybin walked on a full count. On Miley’s wild pitch, Maybin to second. F.Freeman doubled to right, Maybin scored. J.Gomes flied out to center fielder Betts, F.Freeman to third. Markakis grounded out, second baseman B.Holt to first baseman Napoli, F.Freeman scored. C.Johnson grounded out, third baseman Sandoval to first baseman Napoli.
2 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 left on. Braves 2, Red Sox 2.
Red Sox sixth. Betts tripled to center. Ortiz lined out to second baseman J.Peterson. Bogaerts infield single to second, Betts scored. Bogaerts was out advancing, catcher Lavarnway to shortstop Ciriaco, Bogaerts out. Sandoval singled to left. Napoli doubled to left, Sandoval to third. De Aza doubled to center, Sandoval scored, Napoli scored. Swihart struck out.
3 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on. Red Sox 5, Braves 2.
Red Sox seventh. Pierzynski in as catcher. R.Castillo flied out to right fielder Markakis. B.Holt homered to left on a 0-0 count. Betts singled to left. . Avilan pitching. Ortiz singled to left, Betts to third. Bogaerts hit into a double play, third baseman Uribe to second baseman J.Peterson to first baseman F.Freeman, Ortiz out.
1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on. Red Sox 6, Braves 2.
Red Sox eighth. Marimon pitching. Sandoval doubled to center. Napoli flied out to center fielder Maybin. De Aza tripled to right, Sandoval scored. Swihart grounded out, pitcher Marimon to first baseman F.Freeman. R.Castillo infield single to shortstop, De Aza scored. B.Holt tripled to center, R.Castillo scored. Betts flied out to center fielder Maybin.
3 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on. Red Sox 9, Braves 2.
Braves ninth. Uehara pitching. C.Johnson grounded out, second baseman B.Holt to pitcher Uehara. Uribe doubled to left. Ciriaco doubled to right, Uribe scored. Pierzynski doubled to right, Ciriaco scored. J.Peterson flied out to center fielder Betts. Maybin infield single to shortstop, Pierzynski to third. On defensive indifference, Maybin to second. F.Freeman struck out.
2 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 2 left on. Red Sox 9, Braves 4.