BOSTON — Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the seventh inning, Koji Uehara closed with another perfect inning and the Red Sox beat the Yankees 8-4 Friday.
The big hits keep coming for Boston, a turnaround from last year's dismal 69-win season. The Sox lead the second-place Rays by 8½ games in the American League East.
"That's what is making this season fun," Red Sox slugger David Ortiz said. "You're not talking about a team that depends on one guy."
Ortiz and Stephen Drew each doubled twice as the Red Sox won for the 15th time in 19 games. Saltalamacchia also doubled and scored twice.
Saltalamacchia, who missed about a week with a sore back, said he was just looking for a pitch he could lift to get a run home off reliever Preston Claiborne.
"I was just trying to get a good pitch to hit with a runner on third," he said. "(Shane Victorino) at third, a fast guy, I knew if I'd get into the air, he'll be able to score. I saw how (Claiborne) worked (Daniel) Nava (who struck out) before me."
Uehara has retired 37 straight batters, the longest streak by a reliever since Bobby Jenks of the White Sox set down 41 in 2007.