Red Sox Rip Yankees 16-1

Brock Holt became the first player to hit for the cycle in a post-season game and the Boston Red Sox routed the New York Yankees 16-1 on Monday night to grab a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five AL Division Series.

Andrew Benintendi lined a three-run double and Holt tripled home two more in a seven-run fourth inning that quickly turned the latest playoff matchup between these longtime rivals into a laugher.

Handed a big early lead, Nathan Eovaldi shut down his former team during New York's most lopsided defeat in 396 post-season games.

Boston battered an ineffective Luis Severino and silenced a charged-up Yankee Stadium crowd that emptied out fast on a night when Red Sox rookie manager Alex Cora made all the right moves.

Game 4 is Tuesday night in the Bronx, where the Red Sox can put away the wild-card Yankees for good and advance to the AL Baseball Championship Series against Houston.

Rick Porcello is scheduled to pitch for Boston against CC Sabathia.