Taking the mound to begin the ninth inning with a 1-0 lead to protect, the odds of doing so were seemingly in Boston Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel’s favor. Kimbrel, who entered the game having converted 23 of his 25 prior save opportunities this season, had never blown a save at Fenway Park during his major league career.
That all changed with one swing of the bat by New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday, whose solo home run over the Green Monster tied the game at one-all.
Matt Holliday takes Kimbrel deep to tie the game https://t.co/mmDN5WYoZP
— Sports Daily (@SportsDGI) July 15, 2017
First blown save for Kimbrel at Fenway in his career.
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) July 15, 2017
With his 16th home run of the season, Holliday became the first Yankee since Roberto Kelly in 1991 to hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning of a game at Fenway.
Matt Holliday: 1st Yankee with game-tying HR in 9th inning at Fenway Park since Roberto Kelly in 1991.
— Katie Sharp (@ktsharp) July 15, 2017