A-Rod ties Lou Gehrig with 23rd career slam | Baseball Notebook
The Yankees slugger's 639th career home run cleared the bases and powered New York to a 6-4 comeback win over Atlanta.
ATLANTA — Alex Rodriguez took a big swing into the record books Tuesday night, and now stands shoulder to shoulder with Yankees legend Lou Gehrig.
Rodriguez hit his 23rd career grand slam, matching Gehrig's record, and New York scored six runs in the eighth inning to beat Atlanta 6-4.
"It means a lot," Rodriguez said. "It's very special. This game is very, very difficult. If you're not going to enjoy these great moments, then it's not any fun. Lou Gehrig is not only one of the all-time greats, but he's one of ours."
Rodriguez, who began his career with the Mariners and turns 37 next month, has 639 career homers, fifth most in baseball history.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said it was "absolutely incredible" for Rodriguez to match Gehrig's mark.
"It's hard to fathom what he's been able to do in his career," Girardi said. "To be mentioned with Lou Gehrig, that's special."
The Yankees had been 10 for 67 (.149) with the bases loaded this season before his big blast. Rodriguez was aware of the Yankees' struggles.
"I almost felt like it was a swing for the team," he said. "I felt like everybody needed that hit."
Rodriguez had been 1 for 10 this season with the bases loaded before he lined the full-count pitch from Venters over the left field wall. Braves left fielder Martin Prado barely moved as he watched the homer clear the wall.
"I made a bad pitch and he crushed it," Venters said. "I have no excuses. I felt great mechanically. I felt great physically. I just fell behind some hitters. ... I threw a pitch right down the middle, 3-2, to one of the best hitters in the game.
Rodriguez's homer was his 10th of the season and first grand slam.
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