Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Gabe Kapler's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning snapped a tie and lifted the Boston Red Sox past the New York Yankees, 5-4, in a Patriots' Day battle at Fenway Park.
David Ortiz went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in and Jason Varitek contributed two hits, including a solo homer, and two runs scored for the Red Sox, who took three of the four games from New York in the series.
Mike Timlin, the third of four Boston hurlers, picked up the win. Timlin (1-1) got the final two outs of the eighth inning, including a strikeout of pinch- hitter Jorge Posada. Keith Foulke worked a scoreless ninth for his third save of the year.
Boston starter Bronson Arroyo surrendered four runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. He walked one and fanned five.
Hideki Matsui finished 3-for-3 with a run scored for the Yankees. However, he misplayed a fly ball in the eighth inning that led to the go-ahead run. Jason Giambi slammed a solo homer for New York, which held leads of 3-0 and 4-1.
Tom Gordon (0-1) took the loss after yielding one run on two hits in 1 2/3 innings. New York starting pitcher Kevin Brown was charged with four runs on nine hits in six-plus innings. He walked none and struck out four.
In the Boston eighth, Dave McCarty reached on a gift double with one out, as Matsui couldn't field his wind-blown fly ball in left. McCarty then advanced to third on a groundout by Cesar Crespo and scored on Kapler's single to center off Gordon to give the Red Sox a 5-4 advantage.
"I've been thinking a lot about Gordon because he's so tough on righthanded (batters)," said Kapler. "He's got a really live fastball and a good breaking ball and I figured my best bet was to look for the fastball and hit it. I just wanted a good pitch to hit."
The Yankees received a two-out single from Alex Rodriguez in the ninth, but Foulke struck out Giambi to end the game. Rodriguez finished just 1- for-17 with six strikeouts in the series and is batting only .160 for the season. Prior to Rodriguez' hit, Manny Ramirez made a nice catch against the wall in left to rob Bernie Williams of a hit.
"They outplayed us, plain and simple," said Rodriguez. "We're not playing well as a team. It would've been real nice to get out of here with two of four."
The Yankees grabbed a 3-0 lead in the top of the second. Gary Sheffield led off with a single and moved to second when Matsui walked. Travis Lee then stroked a two-run double and scored on a base hit by John Flaherty. After Enrique Wilson sacrificed the runner to second, Derek Jeter was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second with one out. Arroyo then induced a double- play grounder off the bat of Williams to end the inning.
The Red Sox got a run back in the home half of the frame. Varitek opened with a single and advanced to second two batters later on Crespo's ground ball. Kapler then singled to knock in Varitek.
Giambi slammed his third homer of the season in the third to make it 4-1.
Boston cut the deficit to 4-2 in the fifth, as Bill Mueller doubled with two outs and scored on Ortiz' single.
In the New York sixth, Jeter got aboard with two outs courtesy of Mueller's two-base throwing error. Jeter also reached first base in the fourth inning on a miscue by Mueller. The Yankees couldn't capitalize, however, as Williams again grounded out to conclude the inning.
The Red Sox pulled within 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth on Varitek's leadoff homer and then tied the contest with a run in the seventh. Pokey Reese led off with a single against Brown, who was then replaced by Gabe White. Johnny Damon greeted the reliever with a base hit to put runners at the corners with one out.
After Mueller struck out, Ortiz broke his bat on a check swing and the ball rolled down the third base line. Rodriguez scooped it up and tried to get the force at second. However, the throw sailed past second baseman Wilson and into the outfield. Reese scored on the infield single by Ortiz and Damon ended up at third on the error by Rodriguez. Gordon then took over for White and got Ramirez to ground into an inning-ending double play.