Series: Game 1 of 3

Los Angeles leads 1-0 (as of 6/21)

Game 1: Friday, June 21
Boston 2Final
Los Angeles 3
Game 2: Saturday, June 22
Boston 4Final
Los Angeles 5
Game 3: Sunday, June 23
Boston 6Final
Los Angeles 9

Red Sox 2

(45-25, 28-10 away)

Dodgers 3

(44-28, 22-14 home)

    10:10 PM ET, June 21, 2002

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    W: H. Nomo (7-5)

    L: J. Burkett (7-3)

    S: E. Gagne (26)

    Hellenbrand's career night goes for naught

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Four batters, four more strikeouts for Eric Gagne.

    Eric Gagne

    The Dodgers' closer, his fastball hitting the high 90s and his changeup in the low 80s, continued to be dominant Friday night in Los Angeles' 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox -- the first game between the teams in 86 years.

    "That was his 26th save and it may have been his most dominating,'' Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "He's not just throwing hard over the middle of the plate.

    "He's throwing 94-98 corner to corner, and if you're a hitter, it's not easy to hit. Then he throws in that changeup.''

    Gagne earned his third save in three nights. He has only one blown save this season.

    Boston manager Grady Little was impressed.

    "Everything that we've heard about Gagne, we saw to be true tonight,'' Little said. "This guy's dominating.''

    Gagne, asked if he thinks batters are becoming intimated when he takes the mound, said, "I hope so. That's what I'm trying to do. If it makes them be on the defensive, then that's good.''

    After Boston's Shea Hillenbrand, who went 4-for-4, hit his second homer of the game in the eighth, Gagne replaced Giovanni Carrara and struck out Trot Nixon to end the inning.

    Gagne struck out Doug Mirabelli, Lou Merloni and pinch-hitter Jason Varitek in the ninth.

    Hideo Nomo (7-5) pitched seven strong innings for Los Angeles, Adrian Beltre hit a solo homer and Dave Roberts had a two-run double as the Dodgers built a 3-0 lead by the fifth inning.

    Hillenbrand homered in the sixth off Nomo, and in the eighth off Carrara, and also doubled. It was his fourth four-hit game of the season and the second two-homer game of his career.

    The teams last played a game that meant anything in 1916, when Boston and Babe Ruth beat Brooklyn four games to one to win the World Series.

    Nomo, who returned to the Dodgers as a free agent last winter after spending 2001 with Boston, gave up five hits, walked four and struck out four.

    After Beltre homered off John Burkett (7-3) in the second inning, Roberts' two-out, two-run double off Burkett gave the Dodgers their three-run lead in the fifth.

    Burkett gave up three runs and five hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked none.

    Roberts doubled over the head of left fielder Brian Daubach to make it 3-0 in the fifth. With runners at second and third and two out, Daubach played extremely shallow, with Roberts' drive otherwise a routine out.

    "If you look back at my first 11 starts, you can count on one hand how many times a left-handed hitter hit the ball over the left fielder's head,'' Burkett said. "So I want my left fielder to be shallow, because I'm throwing a lot of cutters in and jamming a lot of hitter.

    "He (Daubach) was playing in the right position. I just made a mistake.''

    Game notes

    Hillenbrand's other multihomer game was April 7, 2001, at Baltimore. ... The Red Sox reinstated LHP Jeff Wallace and RHP Paxton Crawford from the 15-day DL and optioned them to Triple-A Pawtucket. ... Boston's last visit to Dodger Stadium was in 1965, when they lost a doubleheader to the AL's Los Angeles Angels, who played their home games at the stadium back then. ... Los Angeles 2B Mark Grudzielanek expects to have surgery in the offseason for a problem with cysts on the back of his right hand. He has the cysts, which cause him some continuing pain, drained periodically. ... Dodgers RHP Darren Dreifort, slowly working his way back from the elbow surgery he had last July, plans to pitch this season, but is uncertain when he might be ready to go. He threw 67 pitches in the bullpen Friday afternoon, and Tracy said the next step for him will be to throw to batters.

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