Holt hits MLB’s 1st post-season cycle as Red Sox win

Holt hits MLB’s 1st post-season cycle as Red Sox win

NEW YORK — Ex-Bulldog Brock Holt hit for the first post-season cycle in major league history Monday as the Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 16-1 in the American League Division Series Game 3.

Starting in place of Ian Kinsler at second base, Holt went 4-for-6, scored three runs and knocked in five as the Red Sox clubbed the Yankees with their most-lopsided playoff loss in history at Yankee Stadium and took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five game series.

Holt singled to start a seven-run fourth inning, and also belted a two-run triple to right to cap the rally that gave Boston a 10-0 lead.

In the eighth inning, he added a run-scoring double to centerfield.

He hit a one-out, two-run home run into the rightfield bleachers off catcher-turned-relief pitcher Austin Romine in the ninth inning that provided Boston its final runs.

Holt’s cycle is the second of his career.

He first cycled on June 16, 2015, during a 9-4 win over Atlanta at Fenway Park. In that game, as a leadoff hitter, he went 4-for-5, scored twice and knocked in two runs against Braves starter Julio Teheran and reliever Sugar Ray Marimon.

Holt is the second Red Sox player to hit for the cycle this season, joining Mookie Betts, who did it in Toronto on August 10.

The 30-year-old, left-handed hitter again played every position except catcher for the Red Sox this season.  Holt gained his first post-season start Monday after compiling a 1.126 OPS during the month of September for the Red Sox when he hit four homers and drove in 13 runs.

A former American League All-Star selection, Holt has been nominated twice as Boston’s representative for The Roberto Clemente Award.  He has served two years as chairman of The Jimmy Fund.

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