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Bay tried to score on Jason Varitek's single and was cut down on a strong throw by right fielder Bobby Abreu.
Alex Rodriguez's two-out double in the bottom half scored Abreu from first, and New York tied it in the fourth. A-Rod led off with another double and scored on Robinson Cano's two-out RBI single off the glove of a diving Pedroia at second base.
With runners at the corners, Byrd retired No. 9 batter Ivan Rodriguez on a fly ball.
Ponson settled in until Pedroia's perfect hit-and-run single put runners at the corners in the fifth. Consecutive walks to Ortiz and Youkilis forced in the go-ahead run before Bay's sacrifice fly made it 4-2 and chased Ponson, who is 0-3 in his past four starts.
Notes: Boston 1B Sean Casey, still hampered by a stiff neck, was not in the lineup. Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Casey set himself back a bit when he tried to hit Tuesday, but the team isn't planning to put him on the DL yet. ... Wearing a Yankees cap, actor Jack Nicholson sat behind home plate. ... Boston acquired OF Mark Kotsay from Atlanta for minor league OF Luis Sumoza. The Red Sox also designated INF-OF Joe Thurston for assignment. ... Red Sox 3B Mike Lowell, on the DL with a strained muscle on his right side, hit off a tee and said it went well.
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