For the first time since June 7, the Red Sox enjoyed the simple pleasure of postgame handshakes. They also 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, Holt completed the cycle with a triple to center in the eighth. Alex Rios was the last player to finish the cycle with a triple, doing so for the Rangers against the Astros on Sept. 23, 2013. The last Red Sox player to complete the cycle with a triple was Fred Lynn on May 13, 1980. “Obviously I knew I needed a triple,” said Holt. “I didn’t expect to hit one, but as soon as barrel hit ball I was like, ‘Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God.’ Because once it gets in the triangle anything is possible. So I was just running on all my horses and it worked out.”
Lefty Wade Miley, who engaged in a public spat with manager John Farrell in his last start, bounced back nicely by firing 6 1/3 strong innings for the win. Braves righty Julio Teheran didn’t fare nearly as well, allowing six runs and a career-high 13 hits over 6 1/3 innings. Boston’s left-handed hitters finished 6-for-15 against him.
“[Lefties] still got to him last year a little bit, but it wasn’t at the pace they’re doing right now,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Whether it’s pitch selection or command. Looking at the video through the course on the Jumbotron, it’s balls right down the middle. It’s balls down the middle of the plate that we need to locate.”
Braves Left-hander Alex Wood (4-4, 3.56 ERA) takes the mound at 6:10 p.m. CT on Wednesday, as Atlanta returns home to wrap up the second half of this four-game series at Turner Field. Thunder Radio will have that broadcast beginning at 6:00 PM. Wood was hit in the head with a fly ball during batting practice on Tuesday, but the Braves’ training staff examined him and cleared him to make his scheduled start. He has allowed two runs in 3 2/3 relief innings vs. the Red Sox, but this will mark his first career start against the club. Red Sx righty Joe Kelly (2-4, 5.45 ERA) draws the start on Wednesday, as the series shifts to Turner Field. Kelly is 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA in two career starts against the Braves. The Red Sox will be without the designated hitter for the first time since April 9.