Alex Rodriguez tied Lou Gehrig's major league grand slam record Tuesday night with the 23rd of his career.

Rodriguez homered with the bases loaded in the eighth inning against the Braves to tie the game at 4-4.

"It means a lot. It's very special," said Rodriguez. "This game's very, very difficult. If you're not going to enjoy these great moments then it's not any fun.

"Gehrig's not only one of the all-time greats, but he's one of ours. He's a Yankee. He's one of those guys that if you every have an opportunity, when they say, 'Who would you take to dinner?' I mean, for me, he would be top four or five."

Rodriguez, in his 19th season, worked a 3-0 count against Jonny Venters, then looked at a strike before fouling two pitches off.

His next swing tied Gehrig, the Yankee great who played 17 seasons for the team before ALS knocked him out of the game.

Nick Swisher added a two-run blast and the Yankees won the game, 6-4.

The run Rodriguez scored on the play was the 1,859th of his career, tying him with Mel Ott for 11th all-time. His 1,922 RBI are two shy of Jimmie Foxx for sixth place.

The boy who caught Rodriguez's home run ball, Randy Kearns of North Carolina, presented it to the slugger and was rewarded with signed balls, a hat, a jersey and pictures. Kearns, a Yankees fan, was seeing the team for the first time.