NEW YORK – Brock Holt kept waiting and waiting, hoping for a chance to play. The longest game by time in Boston Red Sox history came and went, and he sat on the bench the whole way.
Finally given an opportunity, he was plenty fresh. Holt, the only position player on either side who didn't get into the 19-inning New York City marathon that began Friday night, had four hits and three RBI as the Red Sox ran over the Yankees 8-4 Saturday.
"I'm probably not going to do that every time I go in there," Holt said.
Boston's Joe Kelly (1-0) was activated off the disabled list and pitched one-hit ball for seven innings, saving the Red Sox bullpen. "He really gave us a shot in the arm," manager John Farrell said.
Bleary-eyed, the teams started at 1:08 p.m. Eastern after a 6-5 Boston victory that finished at 2:13 a.m.
In what became something of a night-day doubleheader, the Red Sox won the rematch in 3 hours, 13 minutes — quite a speed-up from playing 6 hours, 49 minutes, and that didn't include a 16-minute power outage. Mark Teixeira and Hanley Ramirez were among several regulars out of the lineups.
Holt had batted just once this season and was ready to pinch run for David Ortiz or play the outfield if needed in the long win, but his number wasn't called.
"The situation never came up," he said.
Kelly left Yankee Stadium in the 10th inning Friday and fell asleep around the 15th. Saturday, he retired his final 17 batters, leaving with an 8-1 lead.
The teams needed 628 pitches for Friday's meeting. For umpire Mike Winters, the game brought back memories from another long day in town.
"I ran the New York City Marathon in 2007 with my wife," Winter said. "And I finished 26 miles in less time than it took to play that game — by an hour."