A slick Delwyn Young to Tony Abreu to Sandy Martinez double play cut off the tying run after a double off he right field wall threatened to tie the game.
The Dodgers banged out eight hits but left nine on base. Juan Pierre singled twice and knocked in the first run and Olmedo Saenz' second hit of the game, a double, set up the eventual winning run
Randy Wolf, Chad Billingsley, Matt White each worked two scoreless innings. Rudy Seanez threw a zero in the seventh.
Joe Beimel was victimized by a ground single up the middle and a bloop to right field that set up the only Boston run in the eighth, then he was saved by the double play and Travis Smith closed out the win.
Starter Randy Wolf fanned a pair in the first inning, got another 'K' in the second and walked a pair but didn't allow a hit in his two innings.
Chad Billingsley worked a pair of scoreless innings but 'worked' is the operative word.
He allowed a double with one out in the third on a ball past the bag that Wilson Betemit dove for but missed. He wild pitched the runner to third.
But then he fanned David Ortiz, hit Manny Ramirez with a pitch and got a grounder to second to end the inning.
In the fourth he threw five balls in succession, went 3-2 to the next hitter before getting him on a smash to Nomar Garciaparra at first. He again went 3-2 but was saved when Tony Abreu went behind second, made a sliding stop and nipped the runner at first.
Then Billingsley got a routine ground ball from Alex Cora to escape uninjured -- again -- and although he used 44 pitches in the two innings he remained unscored upon.
Los Angeles broke up the scoreless game in the fifth, scoring the first run of the game when Choo Freeman singled, moved to second on a ground ball and scored in Juan Pierre's two-out single.
They made it 2-0 inn the sixth. Olmedo Saenz collected his second it of the game, a double and Fernando Tatis ran for him.
An error allowed Tatis to score and the Dodgers went on to load the bases on a walk to Wilson Betemit and a hit batsman (Damian Jackson), but Abreu bounced out to leave them loaded.
Matt White pitched two masterful innings, the fifth and sixth, allowing only a walk and striking out two and keeping his ERA at a neat zero.
Rudy Seanez took over in the seventh and gave up an infield hit (only the second of the game for Boston) that Abreu threw past James Loney at first allowing the batter to take second. He moved to third when Delwyn Young went back to the wall and saved at least an extra-base hit with a fine catch. A pop to Repko ended the threat.
In the bottom of the eighth, Boston got a two-out ground single to center, a bloop single to right and a ringing shot off the right field wall that scored one run.
However, Young made his second solid fielding play of the game, recovering the ball and firing it to Abreu in short right field. Abreu's throw to Sandy Martinez nipped the tying run at the plate and the Dodgers took a slim, 2-1 lead into the ninth.
Travis Smith came in to pitch a 1-2-3 inning to earn a save, helped by fine infield plays by Loney and Chin-Lung Hu.
The Dodgers will meet Minnesota today in Ft. Myers with Jason Schmidt, Mark Hendrickson and Greg Miller, among others, scheduled to pitch.
Score by innings Dodgers 000 011 000-2 Boston 000 000 010-1 Dodgers ab r h bi ave Tony Abreu 2b 4 0 1 0 .250 Kelly Stinett ph 1 0 0 0 .500 Chin-Lung Hu ss 0 0 0 0 .200 Juan Pierre cf 3 0 2 1 .444 Jason Repko cf 2 0 0 0 .400 Nomar Garciaparra 1b 3 0 0 0 .000 James Loney 1b 1 0 0 0 .333 Olmedo Saenz dh 3 0 2 0 .500 Fernando Tatis pr-dh 1 1 0 0 .200 Larry Bigbe lf 3 0 1 0 .333 Matt Kemp lf 1 0 0 0 .111 Russell Martin c 3 0 0 0 .000 Sandy Martinez c 1 0 0 0 .000 Wilson Betemit 3b 2 0 0 0 .000 Andy LaRoche 3b 1 0 0 0 .300 Choo Freeman rf 2 1 1 0 .375 Delwyn Young rf 2 0 1 0 .222 Wilson Valdez ss 2 0 0 0 .500 Damian Jackson ss-2b 1 0 0 0 .167 Totals 32 2 8 1 Boston 32 1 5 1 Errors- Garciaparra, Abreu. 2b hits- Abreu (1), Sanez (1). LOB- Dodgers 9, Boston 9. SB- Bigbe (1), Pierre (1). CS-Jackson (1). Dodgers in h r-er bb so era Randy Wolf 2.0 0 0-0 2 3 2.25 C. Billingsley (1-0) 2.0 1 0-0 1 1 0.00 Matt White 2.0 0 0-0 1 2 0.00 Rudy Seanez 1.0 1 0-0 0 0 0.00 Joe Beimel 1.0 3 1-1 1 0 4.50 Travis Smith (sv1) 1.0 0 0-0 0 0 9.00 WP-Billingsley. HBP- Billingsley T-3:02. T-8,249.Dodger Blue Notes-- Shortstop Rafael Furcal hasn't played the last three days. His throwing shoulder is sore and the Dodgers will give him at least two more days off. …Dodger closer Takashi Saito threw a simulated game Monday morning and reported feeling very good. Saito was nursing a sore calf muscle, but has begun to resume all physical activities, including running. …Reliever Yhency Brazoban has been throwing from a mound and remains on target for a June return from elbow ligament replacement surgery. …Left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo is pitching out of a windup without runners on base. Kuo didn't last year because he pitched out of the bullpen until moving into the rotation late in the season. Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt suggested the change after last season and Kuo spent the off-season reacquainting himself with it. He used a windup until his second elbow ligament replacement surgery in 2003, then went exclusively from the stretch mainly because he became a reliever. …Former Major League pitchers Jeremy Huff (Kansas City) and Eric Cyr (San Diego) were signed late and the club acquired Minor League catcher Nick Conte from the Giants. He's the son of former Giants and new Dodgers trainer Stan Conte. …Former Dodger Mark Grudzielanek, now with Kansas City, will be out 4-6 weeks due to arthroscopic surgery on his knee. …The Dodgers have two players on the 40-man roster that are former Red Sox. Nomar Garciaparra starred in Boston from 1997-2004 and Derek Lowe threw on the Fenway mound from 1997-2004 as well. Non-roster players Rudy Seanez pitched in Boston in 2003 and 2006, while Sandy Martinez, Ken Huckaby, Dario Veras and Matt White all spent time on a Major League roster with the Red Sox. Dodger manager Grady Little managed the Red Sox in 2002 and 2003, compiling a 188-136 record. Bench coach Dave Jauss held various titles in the Boston organization from 1997-2005 and Special Advisor to the General Manager Bill Lajoie held a similar position for Boston from 2002-05. First-year Special Assistant to the General Manager Bill Mueller won a batting title with the Red Sox and was instrumental in leading them to a World Championship in 2004. Boston's Alex Cora was a Dodger regular from 2000-04 and spent six seasons in Los Angeles. Julio Lugo and J.D. Drew spent last season in Blue and Boston bench coach Brad Mills guided Triple-A Las Vegas to a club-record 85 wins and the Pacific Coast League's Southern Division championship in 2002.