Holt continues strong play with nice snag, first homer

Holt continues strong play with nice snag, first homer
June 1, 2014, 11:30 am
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BOSTON - If he sounds like a superhero and plays like a superhero, then well maybe he just is one.

Brock Holt saved the day for the Red Sox on Saturday, helping the team on both sides of the ball.

His first heroic act came in the top of the 2nd inning, as the Rays threatened with men on first and second with two outs in a 0-0 game.

Sean Rodriguez ripped a hot shot to third base, where Holt made a diving snag to his right, got up, and made a perfect throw to get Rodriguez out at first base.

"He hit the ball hard," Holt said. "Just took a little drop step to try to get the big hop and was fortunate for it to go in my glove, get up and throw him out."

The play undoubtedly saved a run and allowed the Sox another chance at taking the first lead of the game.

They would do just that in the bottom of the third inning . . . thanks to, you guessed it, Holt.

With no outs, and Jonathan Herrera on first base, Holt took Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi deep into the Sox bullpen for his first career home run and a 2-0 Sox lead.

While the snag at third base was nice, the home run will stick with him.

"I think the first home run was a little better," Holt said. "I haven't hit one of those yet. So that one felt good to get out of the way and get our team on the board there for Rubby. [De La Rosa]."

Holt has reached base in 10 or his last 12 games at .327 with multiple hits in 6 of those 12 games.

He's answered the call since Will Middlebrooks went down with a thumb injury, and has proven he belongs with the Sox.

"Anytime you go out and contribute and help the team win it's a good feeling," Holt said. "So I'm feeling good right now and hopefully we can keep this thing rolling."