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Mark Teixeira blooped a one-out, opposite-field single to left. Rodriguez, who had been 2-for-21 (.095) against Matsuzaka, took a strike, swung and missed, then lined a pitch into the first row of seats in right-center, where a fan dropped the ball back onto the field. When he realized it went over the wall, A-Rod pumped a fist as he rounded the bases.
After New York made a late switch and started Phil Hughes instead of Dustin Moseley, David Robertson relieved with two on and no outs in the seventh, then escaped the jam.
Kerry Wood allowed a leadoff single to Marco Scutaro in the eighth, and J.D. Drew hit what could have been a double-play grounder to second, only for Cano to make an offline throw that caused Derek Jeter to make a fine stretch for the catch.
Martinez struck out as a pinch-runner Eric Patterson stole second, and David Ortiz was intentionally walked. Rivera relieved and retired Beltre on a slow roller to second.
Boston scored in the third with some help from Swisher. Hall lined a ball into short right field and Swisher tried for a diving catch. When the ball landed in front of his glove and bounced past Swisher, Hall wound up on second with a double.
Lars Anderson's fly to center advanced Hall and, after Scutaro struck out and Drew walked, Martinez singled to right.
Hughes allowed one run and three hits in six-plus innings with four walks and four strikeouts. After Hughes walked consecutive batters starting the seventh, Robertson relieved. Kalish sacrificed and, with the infield in, Hall grounded to shortstop Derek Jeter. Robertson then struck out Anderson.
NOTES: Martinez has 21 RBIs in September. ... Teixeira made a neat glove pickup on Anderson's hard one-hopper in the fifth and stepped on first, starting a rare 3-6-2 reverse force double play. ... Lowell was held out of the starting lineup for the second straight game after taking a grounder off his jaw Friday. ... It was 69 degrees at gametime, a drop of 18 degrees from Saturday's first pitch. ... Kalish made a sprawling catch in left-center to rob Cano of an extra-base hit in the seventh.
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