Playing through a tight hamstring and a sore calf, Alex Rodriguez had one hit in his past 25 at-bats when he came to the plate in tonight’s seventh inning. There were two outs, the bases were loaded, and the game was tied. It was a make-or-break moment, and Rodriguez made the most of it. His tie-breaking, game-winning grand slam gave the Yankees a must-have 5-1 win against the Giants at Yankee Stadium. It was the 24th grand slam of Rodriguez’s career, moving him ahead of Lou Gehrig for the most all-time. It came off San Francisco reliever George Kontos, the first Yankees prospect traded for Chris Stewart two years ago. Yankees starter CC Sabathia had arguably his best start of the second half, allowing one run on seven hits through seven-plus innings. He picked up his 14th win, to push his record back above .500. Alfonso Soriano hit a solo home run in the second inning — his first homer since the thumb injury — and the Giants tied it with Juan Perez’s RBI double in the third, but that was the extent of the scoring until Rodriguez went deep.
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