Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Alex Rodriguez broke out of a slump with a
historic grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning that lifted the New
York Yankees to a 5-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants in the opener of a
Rodriguez's blast off reliever George Kontos was the 24th grand slam of his
decorated career, surpassing Lou Gehrig for the most by any player in major
league history. The homer came with the score tied at 1-1 in a contest the
Yankees, who entered the day 3 1/2 games behind in the AL wild card standings,
essentially needed to win to remain a contender in the race.
Alfonso Soriano added a solo homer as part of a 2-for-3 night, while CC
Sabathia (14-13) did his part on the mound by tossing seven strong innings of
one-run ball in which he scattered seven hits.
Kontos entered after New York had loaded the bases with two out against Tim
Lincecum (10-14), who wound up charged with four runs over 6 2/3 innings and
had a five-start unbeaten streak (4-0) snapped.
Juan Perez went 2-for-4 and knocked in San Francisco's lone run with a third-
inning double. The Giants had won five of six coming in.
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