Brock Holt hit for the cycle to lead the Red Sox over the Braves, snapping their seven-game losing skid. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Brock Holt hits for cycle in Red Sox win over Braves to snap 7-game losing streak

Ryan Hannable
June 16, 2015 - 2:43 pm
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So, that's what winning feels like. After losing seven straight games with their last win coming nine days ago, the Red Sox finally were able to get back in the win column with a 9-4 win over the Braves at Fenway Park Tuesday afternoon. The offense was led by Brock Holt who hit for the cycle, the first Red Sox cycle since John Valentin on June 6, 1996. "Yeah, big day at the plate," manager John Farrell said. "He's been in a good run here of late in the two-hole and today obviously in the leadoff spot where he's getting on-base multiple times. Really squared up some balls today. It goes without saying, anytime a guy hits for the cycle he's had a stellar day, and that was a day for Brock." The Red Sox have now won six of their last seven games against the Braves. Their 18 hits were by far a season high (nine-inning game). The 18 hits tied what they totaled in the 18-inning win over the Yankees. With the game knotted at two in the bottom of the sixth, the Red Sox scored three times to break the game open and snap the losing skid. Mookie Betts started the inning off with a triple to left-center. After David Ortiz lined out sharply to second, Xander Bogaerts' chopper over the mound was barely enough to get Betts home, although he was thrown out trying to advance to second on the throw home. They scored two more in the inning, as Pablo Sandoval lined a single off the Monster and Mike Napoli doubled, setting up second and third with two outs for Alejandro De Aza, who lined an opposite field double to give the Red Sox two insurance runs. Following his blowup in the dugout during his last start in Baltimore, Wade Miley responded with a quality start, going 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits while walking two and striking out a season-high eight batters. Miley has now won four straight starts at Fenway Park and evened up his record at 6-6. The left-hander was removed from the game after 111 pitches and with runners on first and second in the seventh inning. Junichi Tazawa entered and retired the next two batters in order to get out of the jam. "Like I said, I put it behind me," Miley said of the dugout incident. "So not necessarily going to motivate me or anything like that. My goal going into today is to just give the team a chance to win and every start that's what I try to do. I try to go out there and keep them from scoring more runs than we do. So that was the goal." Koji Uehara allowed two runs on the ninth inning. He's allowed runs in four of his 24 outings this year. The Red Sox wasted no time scoring, as they scored their first run of the game on the fifth pitch they saw from Braves starter Julio Teheran, as Holt and Betts hit back-to-back doubles. They scored their second run with the bases loaded and no outs when Pablo Sandoval hit into a double play, scoring Betts. Teheran finished allowing six runs on 13 hits in 6 1/3 innings. Holt also homered in the seventh inning, which extended the Red Sox' streak of hitting a home run in seven straight games. De Aza added another RBI with a triple in the eighth, scoring Sandoval. Rusney Castillo snapped an 0-for-11 skid with an RBI single later in the inning and Holt then ripped a triple to finish off the cycle scoring another. Here's what went right and wrong in the Red Sox' win: WHAT WENT RIGHT -- Holt, taking the place of Dustin Pedroia in the leadoff spot, hit for the cycle with two runs scored to extend his hit streak to four games. -- Betts went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. It was the second straight game of recording three hits and is now on a four-game hit streak, hitting 8-for-15 in that span. -- Napoli snapped out of an 0-for-18 slump with eight strikeouts with hits in the fourth and sixth innings, sharply hit balls to left field. -- Sandoval had another two-hit performance. He now has hits in seven straight games and is hitting .444 over that span. -- Tazawa threw a scoreless 1 1/3 innings in his first appearance following the disastrous seventh inning against the Blue Jays Friday night. WHAT WENT WRONG -- Castillo badly misplayed a ball in right field in the ninth inning, allowing the second run of the inning to score. -- The Red Sox continued to have trouble with hitting into double plays, as after hitting into three in the first three innings Monday, they hit into a total of three on Tuesday.

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