Red Sox blast Yankees as Holt hits for cycle
NEW YORK—Andrew Benintendi highlighted a seven-run fourth inning with a bases-clearing double, Brock Holt hit for the first cycle in postseason history, and the visiting Boston Red Sox rolled to a 16-1 victory over the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Monday night.
Game 4 is Tuesday, and the Red Sox are one win away from meeting the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series. Rick Porcello is set to pitch for Boston while CC Sabathia will start for the Yankees.
The Red Sox built a 3-0 lead on Luis Severino (0-1) through three innings and led 4-0 when Benintendi stepped in against Lance Lynn.
Benintendi broke it open when he ripped a 2-2 fastball just inside fair territory and down the right field line.
The ball caromed off the corner of the wall before right fielder Aaron Judge could field it as Christian Vazquez, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts scored.
Following Benintendi's hit, the Red Sox extended the lead on a single to left by Steve Pearce off Chad Green. Holt's sharply lined triple to right followed the same trajectory as Benintendi's double and made it 10-0.
Boston matched its record for most runs during a postseason inning. The Red Sox produced their fourth seven-run inning in a postseason game and first since Game 1 of the 2007 World Series against the Colorado Rockies.
J.D. Martinez added an RBI single in the seventh off Jonathan Holder, and Holt hit an RBI double in the eighth off Stephen Tarpley. Boston scored its 13th run when Ian Kinsler trotted in on an eighth-inning wild pitch, then took a 14-1 lead on Betts' base hit later in the inning as Red Sox fans began chanting "Let's Go Red Sox."
Holt went 4-for-6 and finished off his cycle with a two-run homer off Yankees backup catcher Austin Romine in the ninth.
The Red Sox pounded out 18 hits and scored their most runs in a road playoff game.
Before the big inning, Boston took a 3-0 lead on Vazquez's infield hit off Severino's glove in the second before getting two runs in the third on a sacrifice fly by Martinez and an RBI groundout by Rafael Devers.
Former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi (0-1) shined in his first career postseason start, allowing one run on five hits in seven innings. He struck out five without issuing a walk.
Severino's velocity appeared to be down a tick in the opening innings, and he allowed six runs on seven hits in three-plus innings. He was lifted in the fourth after allowing singles to Holt and Vazquez and a walk to Bradley.
According to the TBS telecast, Severino did not begin warming up until 7:32 p.m. ET, only 10 minutes before he threw his first pitch.
New York, which scored its lone run on a groundout by Didi Gregorius in the fourth, saw its seven-game home postseason streak snapped.