Alex Rodriguez tied Lou Gehrig’s major league grand slam record Tuesday night in a 6-run eighth inning that lifted the New York Yankees over the Atlanta Braves, 6-4.
A-Rod lined his 23rd career grand slam over the left field wall to tie the game and Nick Swisher added a 2-run blast for the lead, saving CC Sabathia from another loss and leading N.Y to its 5th consecutive win, and 15th in 19 games.
Sabathia (8-3) gave up 4 runs and 10 hits in 7 innings while striking out 6 and walking two. He was coming off a loss last Thursday to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Yankees’ just one in their last 9 games. Baseball betting lines
Alex Rodriguez, in his 19th season, worked a 3-0 count against Jonny Venters (3-3), and then looked at a strike before fouling 2 pitches off. His next swing tied Gehrig, the Yankee great who played 17 seasons for the team before contracting ALS.
The Braves got a 3-run double from Matt Diaz in the 1st inning but lost their 3rd straight.
24-year-old lefty Mike Minor was lifted after giving up just his 5th hit, a one-out single to Derek Jeter in the 8th. Minor was charged for one run and Venters gave up four without retiring a batter.
Clay Rapada pitched around a walk in the 8th for the Yankees and Rafael Soriano struck out 2 in an ideal 9th for his 10th save of the season and 100th of his career.
The Yankees won the opener of the 3-game interleague series 3-0 on Monday, scoring all of their runs in the first 3 innings. Their bats were all but silent till the 8th inning of this one.
The N.Y Yankees loaded the bases after Jeter singled in the 8th and Minor was relieved by Venters, who gave up a single to Curtis Granderson and walked Mark Teixeira.
Rodriguez’s slam gave him 1,859 career runs, tying him with Mel Ott for 11th all-time. His 1,922 RBI are two shy of Jimmie Foxx for 6th place.
Robinson Cano followed with single, chasing Venters for Cory Gearrin, and Swisher homered 2 pitches later for the 6-4 lead.
Earlier, Sabathia worked in the 1st inning and Diaz sliced a bases-loaded double to the right field wall to score all of the runners and give the Braves a 3-0 lead.
Michael Bourn had led off the inning with a single, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, while Brian McCann hit a ground-rule double and Dan Uggla walked.
Minor, in his best start this season, pitched out of a 1st-and-2nd situation in the first inning, marooned a single runner in the 3rd, 4th and 5th and set the N.Y Yankees down in order in the 6th and 7th.
The Braves loaded the bases again in the 7th and scored a run on Jason Heyward’s ground out to make it 4-0.
This is the 1st series between the teams since the New York Yankees took 2 of 3 at Atlanta from June 23-25, 2009…The teams will play three games at Yankee Stadium from June 18-20…The Atlanta Braves are 2-3 on a 9-game homestand.