Ninth-Inning Grand Slam Dumps Sox

The Dodgers scored more runs in the ninth inning against Boston than they have an any full game this spring, turning a 5-2 deficit into a 9-6 win, only the third win of the young exhibition season. Rookie Lucas May and Jason Repko ripped three-run shots in the ninth inning.

Jonathan Malone was called on to protect the four-run lead in the last of the ninth but walked a pair and gave up a double and a run. Pitching coach gave him the hook and brought in -- No. 94?

Everyone scratched their heads and shuffled through their rosters before determining that the new face belonged to Eduardo Sierra, a free agent signed in the off-season.

Sierra broke into professional baseball in 1999 with Oakland's rookie club and pitched for another 14 teams before finding his way into Dodger Blue.

That's not to say he wasn't welcome.

The 26-year-old walked the first man he faced to load the sacks and give Boston the opportunity win on a grand slam.

But the only slam they got was the door closing on them as Sierra retired the next three in order, including a strikeout, to earn a save and the Dodgers fourth game of the season.

The Red Sox tagged starter Derek Lowe for three runs in the second inning, then added another pair in the second, the runs also credited to Lowe's account.

The Dodgers were unable to handed Tim Wakefield's fluttering knuckle ball, collecting only Juan Pierre's leadoff single in his three innings.

That old sage, Bob Uecker, once said the way to catch a knuckleball was to wait until it stopped rolling. The Dodgers could have done worse, flailing at his pitches and connecting with only five of them over his three innings.

Trailing 5-0, Matt Kemp greeted the next Red Sox pitcher with a screaming shot over the left field fence.

That was the extent of the offense for the next three innings.

Pitchers Greg Jones, Eric Stults, Ramon Troncoso, Eric Hull and Matt Riley (who got the win) held the Braves at bay.

Los Angeles received three walks and a sacrifice fly by John Lindsey in the eighth to cut the margin to 5-2 going into the top of the ninth.

Then with one out, Ramon Martinez, playing second base for injured Jeff Kent, lived on a fielding error and Angel Chavez drew a walk.

That was just the chance the crafty Dodgers were waiting for. Pinch-hitter Lucas May quickly tied the game with a booming home run on the first pitch he saw.

With two out, John-Ford Griffin lived on an error and George Lombard singled before John Lindsey was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Jason Repko, who missed the entire 2007 season with a torn left hamstring, followed May's lead and smacked the first pitch for a grand slam and a 9-5 lead.

Then came Sierra's heroics that made the long bus trip home was a much more jolly.

The Dodgers host the St. Louis Cardinals Friday afternoon in Holman Stadium.
 Score by innings
Los Angeles	000 100 017-9
Boston	        032 000 001-6

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Pierre lf	4  0  2  0  .333
 Chavez 2b-3b	1  1  0  0  .143
Furcal ss	4  0  0  0  .214
 Ardoin c	0  0  0  0  .000
 May ph-c	1  1  1  3  .500
Martin c	2  0  0  0  .231
 Young pr-2b	1  1  0  0  .059	
Kemp rf	        3  1  1  1  .368
 Griffin pr-rf	1  1  0  0  .250
LaRoche 3b	3  0  1  0  .350
 Lombard lf	1  1  1  0  .500
Lindsey dh	3  1  1  1  .308  
Paul cf	        3  0  0  0  .200
 Repko ph-cf	2  1  1  3  .286
Tiffee 1b	5  0  1  0  .111
Martinez 2b	3  1  2  0  .231
  Totals	37 9 11 9
  Boston	34 6  9 6

 2b hits- Tiffee (1). HR- Kemp (1), 
May (1), Repko (1). RBI- Kemp (1),
Lindsey (6), May 3 (3), Repko 4 (6).
SF- Lindsey. SB- Pierre (4). LOB-
Los Angeles 10, Boston 11.

 Los Angeles	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Lowe	        2.0  6  5-5  2  1 11.25
Jones	        2.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
Stults	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  2.25
Troncoso	1.0  0  0-0  1  0  6.00
Hull	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
Riley (w)	1.0  2  0-0  1  1 10.13
Meloan	        0.0  1  1-1  2  0  4.50  
Sierra (save)	1.0  0  0-0  1  1  0.00
 WP- Lowe. HBP- Lowe. T- 3:22. Att- 8,006.
Dodger Blue Notes-- The Dodgers, according to David Smith of RetroSheet.org, have never had a 40-year-old position player in their Opening Day lineup Brooklyn or Los Angeles, so Jeff Kent has a chance to make history come March 31. ...Former Dodger Burt Hooton will be inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. Hooton pitched at Texas from 1969 to 1971. He logged a 35-3 record and still owns several school records, including career ERA(1.14). s...Representatives from the City of Glendale, the Dodgers and White Sox, the architect and the construction manager have been meeting for the past two days and have made significant progress toward resolving a number of open issues. The Dodgers will know by March 19 whether a new baseball facility currently under construction in Glendale, Ariz., will be completed in time for the 2009 Spring Training. The club plans to share the Glendale facility with the Chicago White Sox, however, the Dodgers have a contractual right to remain in Vero Beach for another season if the club provides timely notice to Indian River County.

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