Pedroia’s slam lifts Red Sox
BOSTON — Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia hit a grand slam to move into elite company with his 100th career homer, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 7-1 win over the Oakland A’s on Friday night.
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.
Yaz had 452 homers and 168 stolen bases. Pedroia stole a base in the first inning, giving him 121.
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.
Pedroia belted an 0-2 pitch off right-hander Ryan Cook for his first homer of the season.
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.
Clay Buchholz (2-2) got the win, pitching 6 1-3 innings, allowing one run on three hits, while walking three and striking out five.
Dan Straily (1-2) took the loss, giving up two runs on four hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Oakland entered the night with the AL’s best road recordat 12-4, it’s best start since going 13-4 in 1990.
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.