Pedroia hits grand slam for hundredth homer of his career
May 4, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia hit a grand slam for his 100th career home run, Clay Buchholz earned his first win at home and the Boston Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 7-1 on Friday night.
Pedroia had yet to homer this season before driving an 0-2 pitch to left field in the sixth inning to put Boston up 6-1. The cushion was plenty for Buchholz (2-2), who shut down the team with the top record in the American League.
Buchholz pitched 6 1-3 innings, allowing three hits while striking out five. He walked three and got himself out of several jams as the A's went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position against the right-hander.
Pedroia joined Carl Yastrzemski as the only Red Sox players with 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases.
Dan Straily (1-2) gave up two runs and four hits in 4 1-3 innings.
Rays 10, Yankees 5, 14 innings Wil Myers and the Tampa Bay Rays broke loose in the 14th inning while holding Derek Jeter to the worst hitting performance of his career, outlasting New York for a wild win that ended at 12:57 a.m. Saturday.
Jeter went 0 for 7 for the first time and grounded out with the bases loaded to finish the 13th. It was already a crazy game by then, and Yankee Stadium was nearly empty when it finally ended after 5 hours, 49 minutes.
The late innings saw a bit of everything: Rallies by both teams, a wild rundown featuring seven throws, two calls overturned and the ejection of Rays manager Joe Maddon.
The Rays also spent time trading gloves when they went to a five-man infield in the 13th. The switching positions led to a most strange putout: Brett Gardner grounded out and it was officially scored as 3-9 — first baseman to right fielder.
Myers got three of the Rays' 20 hits, and put them ahead 6-5 against Chris Leroux (0-1). Sean Rodriguez doubled home a run, setting up RBI singles by Brandon Guyer, Yunel Escobar and Ryan Hanigan.
Heath Bell (1-1) dodged all sorts of trouble, pitching 2 1-3 scoreless innings for the win.
Desmond Jennings homered as the Rays matched a season best with a three-game winning streak.
Brian McCann, Mark Teixeira and Alfonso Soriano homered as New York lost its third straight in Joe Girardi's 1,000th regular-season game as manager.
Jacoby Ellsbury lined a tying single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Orioles 3, Twins 0 Ubaldo Jimenez struck out a season-high 10 over 7 1-3 innings for his first win with Baltimore, and Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer to pad the lead against Minnesota.
Jimenez (1-4) allowed only three hits while taking a significant step forward from five rough starts to begin his US$50 million, four-year contract with the Orioles.
Tommy Hunter got his eighth save in nine tries. Trevor Plouffe led off with a double, but Hunter struck out the next two and ended the game with a groundout.
Ricky Nolasco (2-3) gave the Twins a complete game, giving up nine hits while striking out six.
Cruz also doubled in the fourth and scored on a double by Matt Wieters.
Astros 5, Mariners 4, 11 innings George Springer singled home the winning run in the 11th inning to give Houston a victory over Seattle.
The touted rookie came through with an infield hit toward third after beginning the night 0 for 5 with four strikeouts in a game started by Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.
Jose Altuve singled off Charlie Furbush (0-3) to open the 11th and Dexter Fowler reached on a bunt single. A sacrifice bunt by Carlos Corporan came next, and Altuve beat the throw to third to load the bases for Springer.
Anthony Bass (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Marc Krauss had two hits and drove in two runs for Houston.
Mike Zunino hit a two-run homer and Kyle Seager added a pair of RBIs for Seattle, which had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Other games on Friday:
Indians 12, White Sox 5
Rangers 5, Angels 2
Tigers 8, Royals 2