Lowe Tough on Old Teammates

VERO BEACH, Florida-- Before the eighth largest crowd in Holman Stadium history (8,080), half of which were pulling for Boston, former Red Sox Derek Lowe worked four shutout innings and won his second game of the exhibition season. Los Angeles collected five of their seven hits in the first two innings, building a 6-0 lead that four relievers protected for the win. Ramon Martinez, Cody Ross and JD Drew slugged homers to give the Dodgers seven in the last two games.

Los Angeles got a pair of unearned runs in the first inning when an error on an easy double play grounder was fumbled and added three more in the second on a pair of homers -- a single shot by Martinez and a two run blast by Ross, his third of the spring. A third homer -- this one by Drew in the sixth -- ended their scoring for the day.

Boston used Dodger wildness to score two in the sixth and added a two-run home run in the ninth.

Drew added a single to his home run and boosted his average to .333. Kenny Lofton was hit by a pitch leading off the bottom of the first and had to leave the game. The injury -- a bad bruise -- was considered minor.

Lowe, pitching with an easy motion, gave up only a pair of harmless singles over his four innings of work, one with two out in the second, the other in the fourth that was erased by a double play. Franquelis Osoria gave up the Sox's third hit in the fifth but left him on first base.

Yhency Brazoban, after nursing a tender shoulder in the early part of the spring, saw his first action and his control was extremely rusty, He walked the first two he faced, then a double play seemed to get him out of trouble.

But he wild pitched in a run and another walk was all manager Grady Little wanted to see and he summoned Jonathan Broxton to bail him out.

He did, in a manner of speaking, giving up a walk, an RBI single and another walk before getting a fly ball to end the inning.

Broxton walked two more in the seventh and an error loaded the bases but he escaped further damage.

Takashi Saito blew Boston away in the eighth, using a wicked curve to fan a pair. He brushed the jersey of the Red Sox leadoff man in the ninth, then gave up a long fly to center that dropped over the fence just inches over the glove of a leaping Cody Ross.

He then got a popup and two strikeouts to finish out the win, the Dodgers fifth against two losses.

The Dodgers host Detroit today (Friday) in their third straight home game.
Score by innings;
Boston          000 002 002-4
Dodgers         320 010 00x-6

Dodgers           ab  r  h  bi
Lofton cf          0  0  0  0
  @Ross cf         3  2  1  2
Garciaparra 1b     3  0  0  0
  Truby 1b         1  0  0  0
Drew dh            3  2  2  1
  *Borders ph-dh   1  0  1  0
Kent 2b            2  0  0  0
  **Aybar pr-2b    1  0  0  0
Guzman lf          3  0  1  2
  #Kemp ph-lf      1  0  0  0
Navarro c          3  0  1  0
  Martin c         1  0  0  0
Repko rf           3  0  0  0
  Young rf         1  0  0  0
Martinez 3b        2  1  1  1
  LaRoche 3b       1  0  0  0
Abreu 2b           2  1  0  0
  Totals          31  6  7  6
  Boston          31  4  5  3

  @-Ran for Lofton in the first. 
*Singled for Drew in the seventh. 
#- Grounded into forceout for 
Guzman in the seventh. 
**Ran for Kent in the fifth.
  Errors-Boston 2, Aybar. HR-
Martinez (1), Ross (3), Drew (1). 
LOB-Boston 9, Dodgers 5. DP-Boston 
2, Dodgers (2 - Kent-Abreu, 
Garciaparra; Garciaparra-Abreu, 

Dodgers          in  h  r-er bb  so
Lowe (W, 2-0)   4.0  2   0-0  0  4
Osoria          1.0  1   0-0  0  1
Brazoban        0.2  0   2-2  3  0
Broxton         1.1  1   0-0  3  0
Saito           2.0  1   2-2  1  4
  HBP-Lofton, by Saito 1. WP-Brazoban. Time-
2:31. Attendance- 8.080.
Defying the Odds-- Outfielder Matt Kemp continued to add to his resume, stretching a sharp double into an even sharper triple against the Orioles Wednesday and making some think he could jump directly from Class A Vero Beach to The Show. Grady Little told MLB.com "The kid, day in and day out -- every ball is just a bullet. Everything he does on the baseball field impresses me."

Happy Birthday-- Willie Aybar (23), Koyie Hill (27), Terry Mullholland (43), Arky Vaughan (1912-1952).

Dodger Blue Notes-- Manager Grady Little said he would make a statement about his time in Boston but does not play to rehash his decision to leave Pedro Martinez in the 2003 ALCS game that eventually got him fired. Get a life. He should instead question the Boston writers about the decision to sell Babe Ruth to the Yankees in 1920. …Outfielder Andre Ethier, who fell on his shoulder making a catch against the Cardinals Tuesday, will have an MRI just to be certain there is no permanent damage. …Jumbo Diaz, who had Tommy John surgery in 2004, has been shutdown for a week due to tenderness in his elbow. The 6-4, 290-pound righthander throws a 100+ fastball.