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Dodgers break out in Boston

By Associated Press
Published June 13, 2004

BOSTON - Olmedo Saenz drove in four and hit one of the Dodgers' three homers in a 14-5 win over the Red Sox for their first win at Fenway Park. Trailing 2-1, Los Angeles scored four in the fourth then added seven in the fifth and two in the sixth. Saenz, Juan Encarnacion and Jayson Werth homered, and Cesar Izturis had four of the team's 15 hits.

One of the Dodgers' few unsettling moments came in their dugout in the top of the sixth. Jeff Weaver (4-7) and manager Jim Tracy had an animated conversation, and Weaver went to the end of the bench glaring toward Tracy. Weaver, who allowed five runs and five hits in five innings, was replaced in the sixth by Guillermo Mota, who struck out five batters in two innings.

The game was under control by then after the Dodgers' biggest inning of the season, the seven-run fifth that lasted 31 minutes. Through five innings, every Dodger except Adrian Beltre had scored or driven in a run.

Los Angeles relievers pitched four hitless innings, striking out 10 of 12. The Dodgers lost 2-1 Friday in their debut at Fenway Park. The Red Sox lost for just the second time in seven games.

The 14 runs were the most by Los Angeles since a 16-4 win over San Francisco on April 20, 2003. And they scored in double figures for the third time in 13 games after doing it just twice all last season.

Tim Wakefield (4-5) allowed eight runs on 10 hits in 41/3 innings.

Utility infielder David McCarty pitched the ninth for Boston and retired the side in order. He got Izturis to ground out to first, struck out Werth and induced Milton Bradley to ground to third.

Saenz gave Los Angeles a 1-0 lead with a run-scoring single in the second before Boston went ahead in the third on a bases-loaded walk to Mark Bellhorn and a run-scoring groundout by David Ortiz.

In the fourth, the Dodgers tied it at 2 on Encarnacion's ninth homer then made it 5-2 on a walk to Saenz, a run-scoring double by Izturis and Werth's third homer.

Then came the big seven-run fifth inning when Shawn Green and Paul Lo Duca each had two hits.

Boston cut the lead to 12-5 in the fifth on Ortiz's sacrifice fly and Manny Ramirez's 17th homer, a two-run shot. But in the sixth, Saenz also hit a two-run homer.

Nomar Garciaparra returned to Boston's lineup for his third game since tendinitis in his right Achilles' sidelined him until Wednesday. He grounded out to the pitcher, was hit by a pitch, struck out and walked.

[Last modified June 12, 2004, 23:37:23]


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