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The game was played in damp conditions on a slick field, but it was a much-needed win for Boston, which at 20-20 is off to its worst start since 1997. The Red Sox improved to 3-5 against New York.
Scutaro, whose two errors led to three runs, also reached on a throwing error by Rodriguez at third to start a four-run rally against Joba Chamberlain in the eighth.
With the Red Sox trailing 5-1, Scutaro went to second on Dustin Pedroia's single. J.D. Drew hit an RBI double and Kevin Youkilis blooped a two-run single before Chamberlain got an out.
David Ortiz tied it with a single off the right-center fence but paused to admire his shot, thinking it was gone. He was thrown out at second by center fielder Brett Gardner's strong throw.
Yankee Stadium was a little more than half full for the start, and the surly crowd that withstood the dreary night as blustery as one of these teams' many October matchups lustily booed Chamberlain as he left the mound having blown a 5-1 lead for CC Sabathia.
Boston's bullpen pitched 4 1-3 innings of relief after Beckett left with two outs in the fifth with tightness in his back.
NOTES: Yankees RF Nick Swisher took swings off a tee batting left-handed and said he felt great but was out of the lineup for the third straight day with left biceps soreness. He'll take BP Wednesday before the Yankees decide if he'll play against Tampa Bay. ... Red Sox manager Terry Francona said OF Mike Cameron (abdomen) did not rejoin the team Monday or Tuesday because his body was sore and it was not injury related. He worked out at Fenway Park. ... Yankees DH Nick Johnson had surgery on his right hand.
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