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Carp hits grand slam as Red Sox beat Rays, 7-3, in 10 innings

  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Carp, right, celebrates with teammates, from left, Mike Napoli, David Ortiz, and Dustin Pedroia after his 10th-inning grand slam off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Roberto Hernandez during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Boston Red Sox's Mike Carp, right, celebrates with teammates, from left, Mike Napoli, David Ortiz, and Dustin Pedroia after his 10th-inning grand slam off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Roberto Hernandez during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Carp, right, celebrates with teammates, from left, Mike Napoli, David Ortiz, and Dustin Pedroia after his 10th-inning grand slam off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Roberto Hernandez during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Boston Red Sox's Mike Carp, right, celebrates with teammates, from left, Mike Napoli, David Ortiz, and Dustin Pedroia after his 10th-inning grand slam off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Roberto Hernandez during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Carp reacts as he heads for home plate after his 10th-inning grand slam off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Roberto Hernandez during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Mike Napoli, David Ortiz, and Dustin Pedroia all scored on the hit. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Boston Red Sox's Mike Carp reacts as he heads for home plate after his 10th-inning grand slam off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Roberto Hernandez during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Mike Napoli, David Ortiz, and Dustin Pedroia all scored on the hit. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Carp reacts as he heads for home plate after his 10th-inning grand slam off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Roberto Hernandez during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Mike Napoli, David Ortiz, and Dustin Pedroia all scored on the hit. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Boston Red Sox's Mike Carp reacts as he heads for home plate after his 10th-inning grand slam off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Roberto Hernandez during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Mike Napoli, David Ortiz, and Dustin Pedroia all scored on the hit. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Carp reacts as he heads for home plate after his 10th-inning grand slam off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Roberto Hernandez during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Mike Napoli, David Ortiz, and Dustin Pedroia all scored on the hit. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Boston Red Sox's Mike Carp reacts as he heads for home plate after his 10th-inning grand slam off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Roberto Hernandez during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Mike Napoli, David Ortiz, and Dustin Pedroia all scored on the hit. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria grimaces after getting hit with a third-inning pitch from Boston Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria grimaces after getting hit with a third-inning pitch from Boston Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria grimaces after getting hit with a third-inning pitch from Boston Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria grimaces after getting hit with a third-inning pitch from Boston Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Tampa Bay Rays' Yunel Escobar high-fives teammates after scoring on a third-inning RBI double by David DeJesus off Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Tampa Bay Rays' Yunel Escobar high-fives teammates after scoring on a third-inning RBI double by David DeJesus off Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Tampa Bay Rays' Yunel Escobar high-fives teammates after scoring on a third-inning RBI double by David DeJesus off Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Tampa Bay Rays' Yunel Escobar high-fives teammates after scoring on a third-inning RBI double by David DeJesus off Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Boston Red Sox's Shane Victorino, right, and Dustin Pedroia celebrate after scoring on a third-inning, two-run double by Mike Napoli off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Boston Red Sox's Shane Victorino, right, and Dustin Pedroia celebrate after scoring on a third-inning, two-run double by Mike Napoli off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Boston Red Sox's Shane Victorino, right, and Dustin Pedroia celebrate after scoring on a third-inning, two-run double by Mike Napoli off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Boston Red Sox's Shane Victorino, right, and Dustin Pedroia celebrate after scoring on a third-inning, two-run double by Mike Napoli off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Boston Red Sox's Shane Victorino, right, and Dustin Pedroia celebrate after scoring on a third-inning, two-run double by Mike Napoli off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Boston Red Sox's Shane Victorino, right, and Dustin Pedroia celebrate after scoring on a third-inning, two-run double by Mike Napoli off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli lines a third-inning, two-run double off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Dustin Pedroia and Shane Victorino scored on the hit. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli lines a third-inning, two-run double off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Dustin Pedroia and Shane Victorino scored on the hit. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli lines a third-inning, two-run double off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Dustin Pedroia and Shane Victorino scored on the hit. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli lines a third-inning, two-run double off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Dustin Pedroia and Shane Victorino scored on the hit. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster delivers to Tampa Bay Rays' David DeJesus during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster delivers to Tampa Bay Rays' David DeJesus during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster delivers to a Tampa Bay Rays batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster delivers to a Tampa Bay Rays batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster delivers to a Tampa Bay Rays batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster delivers to a Tampa Bay Rays batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Carp, right, celebrates with teammates, from left, Mike Napoli, David Ortiz, and Dustin Pedroia after his 10th-inning grand slam off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Roberto Hernandez during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Boston Red Sox's Mike Carp, right, celebrates with teammates, from left, Mike Napoli, David Ortiz, and Dustin Pedroia after his 10th-inning grand slam off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Roberto Hernandez during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Carp, right, celebrates with teammates, from left, Mike Napoli, David Ortiz, and Dustin Pedroia after his 10th-inning grand slam off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Roberto Hernandez during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Carp, right, celebrates with teammates, from left, Mike Napoli, David Ortiz, and Dustin Pedroia after his 10th-inning grand slam off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Roberto Hernandez during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Carp reacts as he heads for home plate after his 10th-inning grand slam off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Roberto Hernandez during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Mike Napoli, David Ortiz, and Dustin Pedroia all scored on the hit. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Carp reacts as he heads for home plate after his 10th-inning grand slam off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Roberto Hernandez during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Mike Napoli, David Ortiz, and Dustin Pedroia all scored on the hit. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Carp reacts as he heads for home plate after his 10th-inning grand slam off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Roberto Hernandez during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Mike Napoli, David Ortiz, and Dustin Pedroia all scored on the hit. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria grimaces after getting hit with a third-inning pitch from Boston Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria grimaces after getting hit with a third-inning pitch from Boston Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • Tampa Bay Rays' Yunel Escobar high-fives teammates after scoring on a third-inning RBI double by David DeJesus off Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • Tampa Bay Rays' Yunel Escobar high-fives teammates after scoring on a third-inning RBI double by David DeJesus off Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • Boston Red Sox's Shane Victorino, right, and Dustin Pedroia celebrate after scoring on a third-inning, two-run double by Mike Napoli off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • Boston Red Sox's Shane Victorino, right, and Dustin Pedroia celebrate after scoring on a third-inning, two-run double by Mike Napoli off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • Boston Red Sox's Shane Victorino, right, and Dustin Pedroia celebrate after scoring on a third-inning, two-run double by Mike Napoli off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli lines a third-inning, two-run double off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Dustin Pedroia and Shane Victorino scored on the hit. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli lines a third-inning, two-run double off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Dustin Pedroia and Shane Victorino scored on the hit. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster delivers to Tampa Bay Rays' David DeJesus during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster delivers to a Tampa Bay Rays batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster delivers to a Tampa Bay Rays batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Carp, right, celebrates with teammates, from left, Mike Napoli, David Ortiz, and Dustin Pedroia after his 10th-inning grand slam off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Roberto Hernandez during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Mike Carp connected for a pinch-hit grand slam in the 10th inning and the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 7-3, last night.

Carp sent a drive over the center-field fence on the first pitch from Roberto Hernandez. It was the first pinch-hit grand slam for Boston since Kevin Millar hit one at Milwaukee on June 7, 2003.

Dustin Pedroia opened the 10th with a walk against Joel Peralta (2-7) and went to second on Shane Victorino’s bunt. After David Ortiz was intentionally walked, Hernandez replaced Peralta and walked Mike Napoli on four pitches before Carp connected for his ninth homer.

Boston closer Koji Uehara (4-0) struck out two during a perfect ninth. He has retired his last 34 batters.

James Loney homered for the Rays, who trail the Red Sox by 9 ½ games in the division race. Tampa Bay, which has lost 13 of 17, saw its lead drop to one game over the New York Yankees for the second AL wild-card spot.

The Rays trailed 3-1 before Evan Longoria doubled in a run in the seventh and Loney hit a tying solo shot off Brandon Workman in the eighth.

Napoli had a two-run double and Daniel Nava hit an RBI grounder off Alex Cobb to put the Red Sox up 3-0 in the third. Napoli has driven in 11 runs over his last seven games.

The Rays got one run back in the third on David DeJesus’s RBI double. Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew made a strong defensive play later in the inning with two outs and the bases loaded when he drove to his right to field Desmond Jennings’s grounder and then throw out Matt Joyce at second base.

Ryan Dempster, who gave up one run, four hits and five walks in five innings, struck out Jennings to leave the bases loaded in the fifth.

Cobb allowed three runs and seven hits over 5  2∕ 3 innings.

Tampa Bay just missed turning a triple play in the sixth. With runners on first and second, Longoria leaped to grab Will Middlebrooks’s high-hopper near the line and then landed on the third-base bag. Longoria threw out Drew at second, but Middlebrooks just beat the ensuing throw to first.

NOTES

∎  Red Sox Manager John Farrell said RHP Clay Buchholz came through his first start in three months Tuesday night in good shape and will pitch again on Sunday. Buchholz, who had been sidelined by a strained neck, threw five innings in Boston’s 2-0 win over the Rays.

∎  Tampa Bay is hitless in its last 12 at-bats with the bases loaded.

∎  Texas Rangers senior adviser Tom Giordano scouted the game on the 60th anniversary of his debut as a major league player with the Philadelphia Athletics, a game in which he hit a home run.

Yankees 5, Orioles 4

Robinson Cano hit a tiebreaking homer leading off the ninth inning, and New York also got solo shots from Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson.

The Yankees moved past Baltimore and Cleveland in the AL wild-card hunt. New York has hit eight home runs in winning two of three in the four-game series that concludes tonight.

The Yankees trailed 3-1 before Granderson homered in the fifth – New York’s first hit – and Rodriguez tied it in the sixth with his 653rd career home run.

In the ninth, after Cano connected off Tommy Hunter (4-4), Granderson tripled with one out and scored on an infield hit by Lyle Overbay.

David Robertson (5-1) worked the eighth and Mariano Rivera gave up a run-scoring single to Brian Roberts before securing his 43rd save, tied for the major league lead with Baltimore’s Jim Johnson.

ROYALS 6, INDIANS 2

Alex Gordon homered on the game’s first pitch and Kansas City’s James Shields dominated after a shaky first inning.

Kansas City took two of three in the series between clubs that are in contention for the second wild card spot in the AL.

The Royals had a home run, a triple and a single on the game’s first seven pitches to take a 2-0 lead.

Shields (11-9) gave up two runs, two hits, and hit a batter in the bottom half of the first before taking control.

Michael Brantley had a two-run single in the first, but Shields didn’t allow another hit until Jason Kipnis’ leadoff single in the ninth.

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