Dodgers Earn First Fenway Win 14-5

The Dodgers exploded for 11 runs in the fourth and fifth innings, earning their first-ever win in Boston and Juan Encarnacion hit the first home run against the Red Sox since Hy Myers banged an inside-the-parker on October 9, 1916 during the World Series. Jayson Werth and Olmedo Saenz added a homer each and Cesar Izturis had four of his team's 15 hits. The switch-hitter was 4-for-6 and boosted his average to .318.

Jeff Weaver (4-7) staggered to the win, coming within one batter of being relieved with L.A. holding a 12-5 lead in the last of the fifth.

Weaver and manager Jim Tracy engaged in an animated conversation, Weaver apparently wanting to contine to pitch in the sixth inning. He had who allowed five runs five innings and was seething about the home plate umpire and his strike zone.

Weaver took a 10-run lead into the fifth inning but had to battle to qualify for his first win since May 22, throwing 98 pitches. Guillermo Mota, Darren Dreifort and Eric Gagne threw four hitless innings of relief with 10 strikeouts.

Saenz gave Los Angeles a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the second before Boston went ahead in the third on a bases-loaded walk and a run-scoring groundout.

In the fourth, the Dodgers tied the game 2-all on Encarnacion's ninth homer of the season then made it 5-2 on a walk to Saenz, an RBI double by Izturis and Werth's third homer.

Then came the big seven-run fifth inning.

The Dodgers loaded the bases on a leadoff single by Green, a double by Lo Duca and a walk to Encarnacion. Saenz was hit with a pitch, forcing in a run. Alex Cora drove in the next run with a grounder for the second out. Izturis singled in a run, Werth walked to load the bases and Bradley walked, making it 9-2. Green singled in two runs and Lo Duca doubled in the last run of the inning, each collecting their second hit of the inning.

In the sixth, Saenz also hit a two-run homer, his second of the season, stretching the lead to 14-5. Saenz drove in four runs.

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.

The first series ever between these teams at historic Fenway concludes Sunday with Hideo Nomo and Pedro Martinez pitching against their former teams.

Dodger Blue Notes--Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax paid a clubhouse visit to struggling lefty Tom Martin who had asked Koufax to view video of his ill-fated ninth inning Friday. Koufax joined with pitching coach Jim Colborn to point out a few mechanical flaws and offered several simple corrections. ... Joe Amalfitano, now a senior advisor but the Dodger third-base coach from 1983-1998, filled in as bench coach while coaches Glenn Hoffman and Tim Wallach were attending their children's graduation ceremonies. It was the first time in 49 years Amalfitano had been in Fenway Park.