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Red Sox head to Atlanta's Turner Field

Jun 17, 2015 - 2:22 PM ( - After halting their longest losing streak of the season, the Boston Red Sox head to Atlanta on Wednesday evening to continue a four- game home-and-home series.

The two clubs split a pair of meetings in Boston to begin the week, with the Red Sox snapping a seven-game losing streak with Tuesday's 9-4 victory. Boston played that game without Dustin Pedroia and Hanley Ramirez, but Brock Holt stepped up with the first cycle of the major league season and Mookie Betts finished a homer shy of his own cycle.

Holt stepped up with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning needing a triple for the cycle and delivered, lifting a fly ball that landed near the warning track in right-center field. He slid into third base without a throw, driving in his second run of the game and is the first Boston player to hit for the cycle since John Valentin in 1996.

"I tried to soak it all in," said Holt. "I looked in my dugout, teammates were all pretty pumped. Pretty special to do this ... it's something I'll remember for a while."

Atlanta got two runs back in the top of the ninth on RBI doubles from Pedro Ciriaco and A.J. Pierzynski, but Koji Uehara struck out Freddie Freeman with runners on second and third to end it.

Wade Miley allowed two runs on five hits and matched a season high with eight strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings for the Red Sox, while Julio Teheran suffered the loss after yielding six runs over 6 1/3 innings.

Atlanta lost for the fourth time in six games and held shortstop Andrelton Simmons out of the lineup on Tuesday, one day after he was hit on the right hand by a pitch.

Simmons may return to action tonight, as could Pedroia and Ramirez for Boston. Pedroia sat out last night with left knee soreness, while Ramirez aggravated a back injury during Monday's game.

Right-hander Joe Kelly takes the mound tonight for the Red Sox and is 2-4 on the year with a 5.45 earned run average.

Kelly was working with a big lead on Friday versus Toronto and for his part allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings. However, the Red Sox's bullpen struggled big time in an eventual 13-10 loss, leaving Kelly without a decision despite the hurler going at least six innings for the fourth time in six outings.

"Those guys are a very good hitting team, obviously one of the best in the league," said Kelly. "They were just hitting pretty much everything tonight."

A former St. Louis Cardinal, Kelly is 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA in two starts versus the Braves. He has held them to a pair of runs over 12 1/3 innings.

Alex Wood aims to avoid a third straight losing start tonight in his first career start against the Red Sox.

Wood struggled with baserunners in Friday's 5-3 setback to the hosting New York Mets. He allowed nine hits and walked a season-high four batters, leading to five runs allowed over 6 1/3 innings. Four of those runs were earned, the most he had given up in an outing since yielding five on April 29, and he was taken deep twice after giving up just two homers total over his first 11 starts.

The 24-year-old southpaw fell to 4-4 with a 3.56 ERA this season and has given up two runs over 3 2/3 innings of relief against the Red Sox spread out over two games.

The Red Sox have won seven of eight and 11 of their last 13 meetings with the Braves, winning all four encounters last season.