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Pedroia’s slam lifts Red Sox
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) watches his grand slam land in the Green Monster seats during the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)
Pedroia’s slam moved him into a 100/100 club with the Red Sox, joining him with Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski as the only players to collect 100 homers and stolen bases.
It was his second career slam and he had to wait about a minute for it to be official after rounding the bases and getting a big hug at home plate from designated hitter David Ortiz. Oakland manager Bob Melvin challenged that the ball didn’t go over a red line at the top of the Green Monster, but replays confirmed that it did hit off a ledge in the first row of seats in left field.
giving Boston a 6-1 edge. It ended a long homerless drought for Pedroia, who hit his last one on Sept. 17of last season, a span of 160 at-bats.
Dan Straily (1-2) took the loss, giving up two runs on four hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. capped a nice night for the Red Sox with a leaping grab at the center-field wall after a long run, turning it into a double play with a relay to Pedroia, who fired to get third baseman Josh Donaldson racing back to first.