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BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia hit a grand slam to move into elite company with his 100th career homer, leading the Red Sox to a 7-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.

Pedroia's slam moved him into a 100/100 club with the Red Sox, joining Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski as the only Boston players to collect 100 homers and 100 stolen bases.

Yaz had 452 homers and 168 stolen bases. Pedroia stole a base in the first inning, giving him 121.

It was his second career slam, and he had to wait about a minute for it to be official after rounding the bases and getting a big hug at home plate from designated hitter David Ortiz. Oakland manager Bob Melvin challenged the call, claiming the ball did not go over a red line at the top of the Green Monster. But replays confirmed that it did hit off a ledge in the first row of seats in left field.

In the sixth, Boston loaded the bases against right-hander Dan Otero. Pedroia then belted an 0-2 pitch off right-hander Ryan Cook for his first homer of the season, giving Boston a 6-1 edge. It ended a long homerless drought for Pedroia, who hit his last one on Sept. 17 of last season, a span of 160 at-bats.

Clay Buchholz (2-2) got the win, pitching 6 1/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits, while walking three and striking out five.

Dan Straily (1-2) took the loss, giving up two runs on four hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Oakland entered the night with the AL's best road record at 12-4, its best start since going 13-4 in 1990.

Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. capped a nice night for the Red Sox with a leaping grab at the center-field wall of a ball hit by left fielder Yoenis Cespedes in the eighth inning. Bradley turned it into a double play with a relay to Pedroia, who fired to get third baseman Josh Donaldson racing back to first.

It was a matchup of teams that are off to completely different starts this season. The Athletics, coming off a three-game sweep in Texas, entered the night with the American League's best record. Boston, which was swept at home by Tampa Bay in a split doubleheader Thursday, came in tied for the AL East's worst record with the Rays.

The Red Sox scored a pair of runs in the second. Catcher A.J. Pierzynski had an RBI single and lumbered home on Bradley's double into the left-center field gap.

But they wasted a good scoring chance in the fifth when reliever Fernando Abad came in and struck out designated hitter David Ortiz with runners on second and third. Then, after intentionally walking first baseman Mike Napoli, Abad struck out left fielder Grady Sizemore to end the inning.

Oakland sliced it to 2-1 in the third when catcher John Jaso had a leadoff triple and scored when Buchholz bounced a two-out breaking ball past Pierzynski for a wild pitch.

Buchholz had a perfect first, getting the Athletics out on just 12 pitches, but it was a bit deceiving. The first batter of the game, center fielder Coco Crisp, lined out hard to second and shortstop Jed Lowrie followed with a deep liner to right.

But the righty did strand a pair of base runners in the fifth.

NOTES: Red Sox C A.J. Pierzynski caught his 1700th career game, most of any active player. ... Oakland RF Josh Reddick spent his off day in Fenway Park watching the Red Sox play in the first game of the doubleheader against Tampa Bay and did some souvenir collecting too, getting a Dustin Pedroia Bobblehead. ...A pair of left-handers go in the second game of the series on Saturday when Boston sends LHP Jon Lester (2-4, 3.10 ERA) against LHP Tommy Milone (0-2, 4.56). ... It was 65 degrees at game time, much better than most early season night games in Fenway Park so far.
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