Brock Holt hits for first Red Sox cycle since 1996

Baseball The last-place Red Sox needed something, anything, to shake them out of what has been a forgettable start to their season. Brock Holt may have provided the jolt.Boston's do-it-all utilityman hit for the cycle during a 9-4 win over the Braves on Tuesday that snapped the Red Sox's seven-game losing streak. It was the first cycle of the major league season and the first by a Red Sox player since John Valentin did it June 6, 1996. MORE: Worst fielders at each

position | Pedroia blocks out the noise Holt doubled in the first inning, singled in the fifth and hit a solo home run in the seventh. He completed the cycle by lining an RBI triple to center in the eighth. His final line: 4 for 5 with two runs, two RBIs and 10 total bases.Holt also become the first player to hit for the cycle against the Braves since Keith Hernandez did it with the Mets in a 19-inning game on July 4, 1985.The last major league player to hit for the cycle was Michael Cuddyer for the Rockies last August. That was the only cycle of the 2014 season.

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