Jeter hit a ground ball up the middle that was fielded by shortstop Jose Ramirez at the edge of the infield toward shallow center field. Ramirez spun and threw to first, but the ball bounced out of first baseman Carlos Santana's glove and was ruled a hit by official scorer David Freeman.
"The field was a little wet," Santana said. "I don't know what happened, but I tried to catch the ball and I slipped a little bit when I tried to find the base. The ball came and I dropped it."
This marked yet another milestone for Jeter, who later scored on Carlos Beltran's single in a five-run first inning for the Yankees.
Jeter, 40, announced before the start of the year that this would be his final season. Tris Speaker is fifth on the hit list with 3,514.
Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.