Crowd-pleaser for Dodgers, Sox
Boston topples LA before huge gathering at Coliseum
RED SOX 7, DODGERS 4
at Los Angeles
Saturday, March 29
Red Sox at the plate: Kevin Cash lined a three-run homer to left-center in the second inning. Kevin Youkilis lifted a two-run homer over the left-field screen in the third inning. Bobby Kielty doubled in a run and Alex Cora singled in one in the sixth inning.
Dodgers on the mound: Esteban Loaiza, named the fifth starter one night earlier, allowed two homers and five runs in three innings, but three of the runs were unearned after third baseman Blake DeWitt's throwing error. Chan Ho Park was charged with two runs in 2 2/3 innings. Takashi Saito struck out both batters that he retired, but he also walked a batter and allowed a hit.
Red Sox on the mound: Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield allowed one unearned run on five hits in five-plus innings. Bryan Corey allowed one home run in two innings. Jonathan Papelbon surrendered DeWitt's ninth-inning homer.
Spring records: Dodgers 10-18-4; Red Sox 8-12-2.
Up next for Dodgers: The Dodgers meet the Red Sox for the fifth time this Spring on Sunday, with Japanese import Hiroki Kuroda making his seventh start. Kuroda has struggled with a 5.03 ERA and opponents have batted .284 against him. Manager Joe Torre said he would reveal his Opening Day outfield before Sunday's game.
Up next for Red Sox: The Red Sox send No. 5 starter Clay Buchholz to the mound Sunday afternoon in the exhibition finale against the Dodgers. Boston is hoping to get J.D. Drew in the lineup for a couple of at-bats. The former Dodgers right fielder missed the two regular season games in Tokyo due to back spasms but he's expected to be ready for the next Opening Day at Oakland on Tuesday.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.