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Matt Holliday hands Craig Kimbrel first Fenway blown save

BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 09: New York Yankees left fielder Matt Holliday (17) comes off the field after batting practice on April 9, 2017 at Orioles Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, MD. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire)BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 09: New York Yankees left fielder Matt Holliday (17) comes off the field after batting practice on April 9, 2017 at Orioles Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, MD. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire)
(Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire)

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.

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.

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