BOSTON — Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s seventh-inning grand slam broke open a tie game and helped the Boston Red Sox to an 8-4 win over the New York Yankees Friday night at Fenway Park.
Saltalamacchia’s slam off Yankee reliever Preston Claiborne was the third grand slam of his career and first since May 5, 2009.
New York starter Hiroki Kuroda, who began the inning, took the loss. With the score tied 4-4 in the seventh, Kuroda gave up a lead-off single to Shane Victorino, ending the right-hander’s outing. Left-hander Cesar Cabral entered the game and hit David Ortiz, the only batter he faced, with a pitch.
Claiborne walked pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes to load the bases before striking out Daniel Nava. But Saltalamacchia blasted a grand slam, his 13th home run of the season, giving Boston an 8-4 lead.
Kuroda went six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts. He falls to 11-11 with a 3.13 ERA.
The Red Sox sent eight batters to the plate in the first inning, scoring four runs off Kuroda. Dustin Pedroia led off with a single and took third on Ortiz’s one-out double. Mike Carp’s groundout scored Pedroia, and Nava’s single scored Ortiz. After Saltalamacchia walked, Stephen Drew’s two-out double scored two runs, giving Boston a 4-0 lead.
The Yankees got a run back on Brendan Ryan’s lead-off home run in the third off Red Sox starter John Lackey. They added another in the sixth when Robinson Cano hit a one-out double, took third on Alfonso Soriano’s single and scored on Lyle Overbay’s sacrifice fly.
The Yankees tied the game in the top of the seventh. Ryan and Chris Stewart reached on consecutive one-out singles, ending Lackey’s outing. Left-hander Craig Breslow entered and struck out Curtis Granderson before he walked Alex Rodriguez and gave up a two-run double to Cano to tie the game.
Brandon Workman replaced Breslow, getting the final out of the inning. That allowed Workman to earn the win, improving to 6-3.
NOTES: Yankees OF Brett Gardner had an MRI, which revealed a Grade 1 strain of his left oblique. Gardner could be out for the rest of the regular season. …Yankees C Austin Romine, who is sidelined with a concussion, took some swings on Friday and said he continues to feel better. He may not be available to play in the weekend series against the Red Sox… Alex Rodriguez could be back at third base on Saturday in Boston. He has served as the designated hitter in three consecutive games after feeling his hamstring grab while running the bases on Tuesday… CF Jacoby Ellsbury, who fractured the navicular bone in his right foot on a foul ball on Aug. 28, began physical activity on Friday. …RHP Jake Peavy felt no ill effects after being hit on the right wrist by a line drive in the sixth inning Thursday night at Tampa Bay.
INDIANS 3, WHITE SOX 1: Ryan Raburn doubled in a run and Danny Salazar dominated in limited duty as visiting Cleveland held off Chicago.
Salazar struck out nine in 3 2/3 scoreless innings before being removed with a pitch count of 78. Drew Stubbs and Michael Brantley each added an RBI for the Indians, who pulled within a game of the Tampa Bay Rays for the second American League wild card.
Bryan Shaw (4-3) worked two scoreless innings to pick up the win in relief and Chris Perez was the last of seven out of the bullpen, stranding two runners in the ninth to earn his 24th save.
Asdrubal Cabrera singled and stole second base leading off the fourth before moving up on a flyout and coming in to score the first run on Stubbs’ bloop single to center. Cleveland put the first two batters on in the fifth against Hector Santiago (4-9) and Raburn plated Nick Swisher with an RBI double before Brantley’s sacrifice fly made it a 3-0 gap.
Chicago got a run back in the bottom of the fifth on Paul Konerko’s RBI single but could not avoid its 13th loss in 15 games.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Santiago was charged with three runs on six hits and three walks in four-plus innings. … Salazar, who has been held to around 80 pitches in his last few starts, is the first Indians starting pitcher since 1916 to strike out at least nine batters in less than four innings. … The White Sox have been held to a total of five runs during their four-game losing streak.