Red Sox overcome bullpen woes as Saltalamacchia’s grand slam lifts Boston

BOSTON — For the third consecutive game the Red Sox bullpen let the team down by allowing runs in the late innings as Friday night it was Craig Breslow, but once again the Red Sox offense was able to bail the bullpen out as Jarrod Saltalamacchia crushed a grand slam in the seventh inning, snapping a four-all tie, giving the Red Sox an 8-4 win over the Yankees at Fenway Park.

The first three hitters in the seventh inning reached and after a Daniel Nava strikeout it was Saltalamacchia’s time to shine. It was the second time in three days where the Red Sox have had a game-winning grand slam, as Wednesday night Mike Carp hit a grand slam in the 10th inning in their win over the Rays.

“It was a huge swing in the seventh,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell when asked about the grand slam. “I thought early on we had a great approach against [Hiroki] Kuroda. The first two innings we drove up the pitch count and then he settled in. He’s a very good pitcher and was able to get into the seventh inning. We have the ability to show the resiliency when they score the two to tie it … we’re getting big hits and it’s been spread around and I thought just a very good offensive approach tonight.”

Kuroda wasn’t sharp early on and the Red Sox took advantage by scoring four times in the first inning. Carp’s RBI ground out scored Dustin Pedroia for the first run, which was followed by a Nava single, plating David Ortiz. Following a Saltalamacchia walk, Stephen Drew capped off the scoring with a two-run double giving the Sox a 4-0 lead. Kuroda eventually settled down as between the third and sixth innings he retired 13 of 15 Red Sox batters.

The Red Sox led 4-2 in the seventh when Breslow entered the game with runners on first and second and one out against the top of the Yankees order. Following a strike out of Curtis Granderson, he walked Alex Rodriguez, which set up a bases loaded and two out situation for Robinson Cano. Cano laced a double to right center scoring two runs and tying the game at four. The runs were charged to Lackey, but it was Breslow who couldn’t get the job done.

Lackey gave the Sox a solid start tossing 6 1/3 innings allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out three. Brandon Workman got the Red Sox out of the seventh inning, Junichi Tazawa pitched a scoreless eighth and Koji Uehara closed the door in the ninth.

The weekend series will continue tomorrow afternoon (1:05, FOX) where Jon Lester will take on CC Sabathia.

What they’ll be saying: The Red Sox have been able to hide their middle relief issues of late by getting clutch hits like Saltalamacchia’s Friday night. It was the eighth grand slam of the season for the Sox, which is the most in baseball. It was also the fourth in the month of September, which is the most ever by the club in the month and tying the all-time single-month high … Although Lackey allowed four runs, he pitched better than that would indicate as two came in the seventh inning when Breslow allowed the double to Cano. He has a 5.76 ERA against the Yankees this season spanning four starts, compared to 3.19 against all other clubs … Uehara has been perfect in nine straight save opportunities, matching the longest streak in major league history.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Actor Tracy Morgan wasn't wearing seatbelt in June…

By Jonathan Stempel(Reuters) - Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan and others in his limousine were not wearing seat belts when their vehicle was struck by…

National

Connected cars: Is AT&T leaving Verizon in its…

By Marina Lopes and Bernie WoodallWASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - Verizon Communications, the No.1 U.S. wireless carrier known for its widespread coverage, is falling behind its biggest…

Local

Grand jury begins hearing evidence in Eric Garner…

A grand jury began hearing evidence Monday relating to the death of Eric Garner while in police custody in July. Garner, 43, of Staten Island,…

Local

Mayor announces plan for solar panels at city…

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the planned installation of 24 new solar panels at city schools on Monday morning. The panels, a $28 million investment,…

Going Out

Taste what Lower Manhattan is cooking at today's…

The Lower Manhattan food scene has changed a lot in three years, which you can taste first hand when the neighborhood's food festival returns. On…

Television

Review: 'Selfie' tries to coast on the charm…

"Selfie" offers cute leads and some good jokes, but focuses too much on a vague distaste for social media.

Movies

Review: Jason Reitman's 'Men, Women & Children' is…

Jason Reitman's "Men, Women & Children" takes a hysterical and melodramatic look at disconnection in the digital age, turning strong actors into zombies.

Television

TV watch list, Monday, Sept. 29: 'Castle,' 'Mom'…

Tune in for the season premieres of "Castle," "Mom" and "NCIS: Los Angeles."

NFL

Ryan Quigley making a big impact for Jets…

Ryan Quigley, now in his second year as the Jets punter, had an exceptional afternoon with six punts for an average of 51.7 yards per punt.

NFL

3 positives to take from Jets loss to…

The Jets suffered another loss Sunday — 24-17 to the Lions — but the reason why it hurts so much for Jets fans is that…

MLB

Joe Girardi not confident David Robertson will return…

David Robertson was as seamless as anyone could be replacing Mariano Rivera as he converted 39 saves, with a 3.08 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony preaches patience with new coach, offense

While star forward Carmelo Anthony said he’s “enthusiastic” and “optimistic” for the upcoming season, he still wants everyone — from within the locker room and…

Education

How to ace your private school interview

Getting ready for a private school interview can be daunting for many, most of whom might never have been in an interview situation before. We’ve…

Education

5 questions parents should ask while visiting private…

It can be hard to know what to look for when searching for a new school for your child. Parents considering several different schools can…

Education

3 ways to save money on college application…

With the average high school student applying to 5 or 6 schools, hefty application and test score fees can add up quickly. We’ve compiled some…

Education

Nap rooms: The latest college campus trend

College is a time filled with new experiences (and lots of schoolwork), leaving little time for students to get a good night’s rest. University of…