Game 154. Pettitte to retire, A-Rod sets slam record in Yanks 5-1 win.

The Yanks kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 5-1 win over the Giants Friday night, as Alex Rodriguez’ seventh-inning grand slam broke a 1-1 tie.

It was A-Rod’s 24th career grand slam, breaking a tie with Lou Gehrig for the most all-time. A-Rod’s 7th HR of the season was #654 of his career, putting him six behind Willie Mays.

Alfonso Soriano homered (33, 405) in the second to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead before S.F. tied it in the third. Soriano is two behind Duke Snider on the all-time list.

CC (W, 14-13, 4.78) went 7, 1 R, 7 H, 3 walks and 4 K.

Robertson the 8th.  1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.14.

Mo the 9th. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.21.

Andy Pettitte announced that this time he  is retiring for good. He retired and sat out all of 2011, but came back in 2012. On Sunday, I’ll be heading up to the Stadium for the pre-game ceremony to honor Mo. That same day will mark Pettitte’s last Yankee Stadium start. It appears that his last start ever will then be in Houston, where he pitched for three years and near where his home is. Hopefully he gets the W and Mo the save on Sunday. It’d be fitting. Mo has saved 74 of Andy’s 218 Yankee wins. As of now, Pettitte has a 255-102 career record and a 3.86 ERA (ERA+ 117). He is 19-11 in the postseason, 3.81.

Cleveland now has the 2nd wild-card spot. The Yanks are 3 out with 8 to go.

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