A-Rod gets first hit in ninth but left stranded

BOSTON (AP) -- In the end, Gabe Kapler and the Boston Red Sox got
themselves going in the right direction.

Boston polished off a big weekend with another win over the New
York Yankees when Kapler's RBI single in the eighth inning provided
a 5-4 victory Monday.

"Taking three of four from the Yankees is a tough thing to do
in any venue," Kapler said.

Things didn't go well early at Fenway Park for Kapler or the Red
Sox. He looked foolish on the bases in the second inning, twice
forgetting how many outs there were, and Boston fell behind 4-1.

But on a huge sports day in the Hub -- the Boston Marathon in the
morning, Game 7 of the Bruins-Canadiens NHL playoff series at
night, a major trade for Corey Dillon by the Super Bowl champion
Patriots -- the Red Sox again stopped Alex Rodriguez and their
fiercest rivals.

Rodriguez, hitless in his first 16 at-bats in the series,
finally singled with two outs in the ninth but was stranded when
Jason Giambi struck out against Keith Foulke.

"It was an awful series for me personally," Rodriguez said.
"I feel good. I'm confident I'm going to come out if it. It's one
bad series."

Kapler's problems on Patriots Day began shortly after the 11:07
a.m. start.

Kapler had been struggling with five hits in 29 at-bats before
singling in Boston's first run in the second.

Then, losing track that there were two outs, he held up to make
sure Pokey Reese's single fell into the right-field corner and had
to stop on second.

Kapler held up again when the next batter, Johnny Damon, flied
out to end the inning.

Those mistakes didn't cost Boston a run, but Kapler didn't think
his winning hit made up for them.

"There's no making up for that," he said. "There's absolutely
no excuse for that in a spring training game, in a Little League

Starter Bronson Arroyo trailed 4-1 after three innings, then
shut out the Yankees until leaving after striking out Rodriguez
leading off the seventh.

Manny Ramirez, who ended the seventh with a double-play grounder
with runners at first and third and the game tied at 4, made an
outstanding catch while banging unto the left field wall on Bernie
Williams' one-out drive to left in the ninth.

David McCarty, 0-for-9 for the season, scored the go-ahead run
after reaching on a wind-blown double that eluded left fielder
Hideki Matsui.

"It's over with. We can't worry about it," Derek Jeter said of
the series. "No matter how you look at it, it's one of 162

Boston scored once in each of its last four innings.

After McCarty's one-out double, he took third on a groundout and
scored on Kapler's sharp single to center off Tom Gordon (0-1).

Mike Timlin (1-1) got the win.

Foulke finished for his third save in three chances.

"If we don't do our job there and they come out with the split,
it's almost like the first two games are a waste," Foulke said.

Kevin Brown, in his first start since his 200th victory, allowed
four runs in six-plus innings.

"I'll take the credit for that (loss). I had a lead and didn't
hold it," he said.

Boston tied it at 4 in the seventh. Reese led off with a single
and Gabe White replaced Brown. Damon singled, sending Reese to
third, but Bill Mueller struck out.

David Ortiz hit a broken-bat dribbler to Rodriguez at third.
Reese scored and the throw to second baseman Enrique Wilson for the
forceout went into the outfield for Rodriguez's first error of the

Damon took third, but Ramirez hit into a double play on the
first pitch.

The Yankees went ahead 3-0 in the second on Travis Lee's two-run
double and John Flaherty's RBI single. The Red Sox made it 3-1 in
the second on a single by Jason Varitek, a groundout and Kapler's

In the third, Giambi's third homer made it 4-1. Boston added a
run in the fifth on Mueller's double and Ortiz's RBI single.
Varitek then led off the sixth with his second homer.

Game notes
The temperature when the game started was 71 degrees. In
the last three Patriots Day games at Fenway Park, the gametime
temperatures were 53 in 2001, 49 in 2002 and 54 in 2003. ... Reese
was 0-for-13 in his career against Brown before going 2-for-3