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Pedroia's grand slam helps Red Sox get past A's

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BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia spent the first month of the season just one home run shy of 100 in his career.

Pedroia reached the milestone with a little panache, hitting a grand slam in the sixth inning and propelling the Boston Red Sox to a 7-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.

"I was pretty excited to hit a home run. It's been a while," said Pedroia, who had gone 160 at-bats without one.

The skid ended when the Red Sox truly needed it, clinging to a 2-1 lead on a night when both clubs were failing to drive in runs.

Pedroia drove an 0-2 pitch out to left field in the sixth inning for his second career grand slam and first homer since Sept. 17.

"Honestly, I was just trying to drive one run in," Pedroia said. "As a team, we've been scuffling a little bit with guys on."

The grand slam put Boston up 6-1 and the cushion was plenty for Clay Buchholz (2-2), who shut down the team with the top record in the American League.

Buchholz pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out five. He walked three and got himself out of several jams as the A's left five on base and were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position against Buchholz.

"We hit some balls hard. We hit a lot of balls hard, actually -- right at people and then didn't get some hits when we did have some guys on base," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said.

John Jaso scored Oakland's only run, coming in on a wild pitch after leading off the third with a triple.

Boston was having its own struggles with runners on before Pedroia came through in the sixth off of reliever Ryan Cook. Xander Bogaerts and A.J. Pierzynski started the sixth with back-to-back singles off Dan Otero, who began the inning. Otero struck out Will Middlebrooks, then walked Bradley to load the bases with one out.

Cook relieved Otero and got Pedroia down 0-2, before he cleared the bases with a shot that just cleared the Green Monster. A's manager Bob Melvin challenged whether the ball cleared the yellow line before a fan touched it and lost the appeal.

The milestone homer put him in elite Red Sox company as only the second player in franchise history with 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases. Pedroia, who stole his 121st career base in the first inning, joins Carl Yastrzemski (452 home runs, 168 steals).

"They told me that after the game. That's crazy," Pedroia said. "I guess I'm getting old. But just having your name anywhere said with his is an accomplishment."

Boston hadn't scored since getting a pair of runs in the second inning off starter Dan Straily (1-2). Grady Sizemore led off with a double and scored on Pierzynski's single with one out. Jackie Bradley Jr. added a two-out double to drive in Pierzynski and Boston led 2-0.

Straily pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits. He struck out three and walked three.

"I felt like every single time, every batter I was behind 2-0. That's just not the way to pitch," Straily said. "It's just a frustrating day."

Bradley ended a potential rally for the A's in the eighth with a leaping catch at the center field wall, then hitting Pedroia with a strong relay throw. Pedroia threw to Mike Napoli as Josh Donaldson scrambled to get back after rounding second before seeing Bradley make the catch.

Notes

The series continues Saturday afternoon with Boston LHP Jon Lester (2-4) scheduled to face Oakland lefty Tommy Milone (0-2). ... Oakland played its first game in May after tying the franchise record for wins in April at 18-9. ... Buchholz allowed 12 runs on 20 hits over 6 2/3 innings in his first two starts at Fenway Park this season. ... Boston rookie SS Xander Bogaerts has reached safely in 14 straight games. ... Pierzynski played his 1,700th career game behind the plate. ... Pedroia could catch Yastrzemski's steal total of 168, but Yaz's 452 homers are probably out of reach for Boston's pesky second baseman.

 
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Dustin Pedroia blasts a grand slam in the sixth inning for the 100th home run of his career as Boston rocks Oakland. (USATSI)
Dustin Pedroia blasts a grand slam in the sixth inning for the 100th home run of his career as Boston rocks Oakland. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Boston

D. Pedroia
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Boston

C. Buchholz
IP 6.1
H 3
ER 1
BB 3
K 5
 
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF4000014 .263
Jed Lowrie, SS4010000 .284
Josh Donaldson, 3B3010120 .280
Brandon Moss, 1B4000013 .253
Yoenis Cespedes, LF3010112 .261
Alberto Callaspo, DH3000103 .260
Josh Reddick, RF3000002 .233
   a-Craig Gentry, PH1000001 .310
John Jaso, C2120100 .267
   b-Derek Norris, PH1000001 .379
Eric Sogard, 2B2000013 .210
   c-Nick Punto, PH-2B2000022 .200
Dan Straily, P0000000 .000
   Fernando Abad, P0000000 .000
   Dan Otero, P0000000 .000
   Ryan Cook, P0000000 .000
   Drew Pomeranz, P0000000 .000
Totals3215048  
a-flied out for Reddick in the 9th
b-flied out for Jaso in the 9th
c-struck out for Sogard in the 7th
Batting
2B - Yoenis Cespedes (8, Buchholz)
3B - John Jaso (1, Buchholz)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Donaldson-Punto-Moss
E - John Jaso (1, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dan Straily (L,1-2) 4.1422330 5.01
Fernando Abad 0.2000120 0.00
Dan Otero 0.1233110 3.46
Ryan Cook 0.1211111 1.86
Drew Pomeranz 2.1311120 1.98
IBB - Napoli by Fernando Abad
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Straily 82-40, Fernando Abad 17-7, Dan Otero 14-7, Ryan Cook 17-11, Drew Pomeranz 56-37
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Straily 2-8, Drew Pomeranz 2-2
Batters Faced - Dan Straily 20, Fernando Abad 3, Dan Otero 4, Ryan Cook 4, Drew Pomeranz 10
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3224201 .276
Shane Victorino, RF4010123 .290
David Ortiz, DH5010026 .248
Mike Napoli, 1B3011212 .298
Grady Sizemore, LF5110018 .213
Xander Bogaerts, SS4120001 .280
A.J. Pierzynski, C4221001 .280
Will Middlebrooks, 3B4000024 .222
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF2111210 .233
Clay Buchholz, P0000000 .000
   Andrew Miller, P0000000 .000
   Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
   Craig Breslow, P0000000 .000
Totals34711779  
Batting
2B - Dustin Pedroia (10, Straily), David Ortiz (5, Cook), Grady Sizemore (4, Straily), Jackie Bradley Jr. (9, Straily)
HR - Dustin Pedroia (1, Cook)
RBI - Dustin Pedroia 4 (10), Mike Napoli (17), A.J. Pierzynski (14), Jackie Bradley Jr. (13)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Napoli (8), Jackie Bradley Jr. (7)
SB - Dustin Pedroia (2, 3rd base off Straily/Jaso)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jackie Bradley Jr. 1
DP - Bradley-Pedroia-Napoli
E - Clay Buchholz (1, Misplayed grounder)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clay Buchholz (W,2-2) 6.1311350 5.63
Andrew Miller 0.2000020 2.31
Edward Mujica 1200000 9.00
Craig Breslow 1000110 6.43
IBB - Cespedes by Clay Buchholz
WP - Clay Buchholz 2 (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Clay Buchholz 110-65, Andrew Miller 10-8, Edward Mujica 17-13, Craig Breslow 18-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clay Buchholz 4-11
Batters Faced - Clay Buchholz 26, Andrew Miller 2, Edward Mujica 4, Craig Breslow 4
Game Information
Attendance - 34850
Game Time - 3:37
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - D.J. Reyburn, Second Base - Mark Ripperger, Third Base - Dan Bellino