Recap: Yankees 5, Giants 1
Yankees 5, Giants 1: Alex Rodriguez broke open a tie game and set a major-league record with his 24th career grand slam in the seventh inning as host New York kept its slim playoff hopes alive.
Alfonso Soriano also homered for the Yankees, who trail Tampa Bay and Texas by three games for one of the two wild-card spots in the American League but need to overtake three other teams with eight games remaining. CC Sabathia (14-13) posted one of his finest outings of the season, allowing one run on seven hits over seven-plus frames.
Tim Lincecum (10-14) yielded one run through six innings, but departed with two outs in the seventh after loading the bases. Rookie Juan Perez followed up his first career three-hit game on Thursday with a 2-for-4 effort and drove in the Giants' only run with one of his two doubles.
After Soriano led off the second with a solo shot and Perez evened it with his third-inning RBI double, the Yankees broke through in the seventh after stranding a runner in three of the previous four innings. Eduardo Nunez opened the frame with a single while Brendan Ryan was hit by a pitch and Ichiro Suzuki drew a walk to bring an end to Lincecum's night.
George Kontos came on in relief and Rodriguez promptly ended a 1-for-25 slump as he drove a 2-1 fastball into the seats in right-center, breaking Yankee legend Lou Gehrig's all-time mark. David Robertson tossed a scoreless eighth and Mariano Rivera worked a perfect ninth to close it out.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Rodriguez's 14th career grand slam as a Yankee passed Joe DiMaggio for sole possession of second place in franchise history behind Gehrig. … Lincecum fanned six to become the seventh pitcher to get 1,500 strikeouts with the Giants, and the first since Gaylord Perry in 1971. … Rodriguez's 654th career homer moved him to within six of Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time list.