Series: Game 2 of 3

Los Angeles leads 2-0 (as of 6/22)

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 4

(45-26, 28-11 away)

Dodgers 5

(45-28, 23-14 home)

    3:10 PM ET, June 22, 2002

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    W: O. Daal (5-3)

    L: D. Lowe (11-3)

    S: E. Gagne (27)

    Roberts drives in game-winning run

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- If Eric Gagne is tired, he isn't letting on.

    Eric Gagne

    Gagne recorded his major league-leading 27th save in 28 attempts -- and fourth in as many days -- as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Saturday.

    "We've definitely been abusing him out there. But these one-run games are huge for us, so we're going to try to ride him as much as we can,'' Dodgers second baseman Mark Grudzielanek said.

    "Last year we had some tough games like that, so it's nice to be able to come out top of these. And he's definitely a big part of it. Hopefully we can get him some rest.''

    Gagne has thrown 59 pitches in his last four outings, while striking out eight of his last 14 batters. On Friday night, he fanned all four batters he faced. He has faced 89 consecutive batters without walking anyone and has 57 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings.

    "Gagne's got great stuff,'' said Boston's Jason Varitek, who singled off Gagne in the ninth. "He's even tougher without knowing his tendencies. The video on him doesn't help that much.''

    Trot Nixon led off the Boston eighth with a bunt single against Jesse Orosco, advanced to third on a throwing error by shortstop Cesar Izturis and scored on Rickey Henderson's double-play grounder, trimming the Dodgers' lead to 5-4.

    In the ninth, the Red Sox put runners on first and third with one out, but Gagne struck out pinch-hitter Brian Daubach and retired Carlos Baerga on a grounder.

    "Eric's thrown four straight days, and he had to dig deep today,'' said teammate Dave Roberts said, who drove in the go-ahead run with an infield hit in the fifth.

    "When you're throwing with that kind or intensity and that kind of stuff, that's amazing. That guy's got as big a heart as you'll ever find. He wants to battle every single day.''

    Shawn Green hit a two-run homer, helping hand Derek Lowe only his third loss this season.

    Dodgers left-hander Omar Daal (5-3), who missed a turn in the rotation because of biceps tendinitis, allowed three runs -- two earned -- and three hits over six innings in his first start since June 11.

    All six of his starts this season have been in place of Kevin Brown, who is out following back surgery.

    Staked to a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning on a solo homer by Henderson and a two-run shot by Garciaparra, Lowe (11-3) retired his first 10 batters with help from plate umpire Kerwin Danley -- who ruled Grudzielanek out for running inside the first-base line and obstructing Lowe's throw.

    "The first baseman was straddling the bag, and when I saw him go outside the base toward the ball, it's a normal reaction to move inside. That's the only thing I did,'' Grudzielanek said. "It was a bad call.''

    Grudzielanek, who continued to second after the ball glanced off his backside, walked over to Danley and was ejected before manager Jim Tracy could intervene.

    "I didn't say anything about him personally. I said some things about the call -- actually one sentence -- and it happened very quickly,'' Grudzielanek said.

    Paul Lo Duca dribbled a single up the third-base line with one out in the fourth for the Dodgers' first baserunner, and Green trimmed Boston's lead to 3-2 with his 22nd homer and 19th in 29 games. It was only the third homer allowed by Lowe in his first 100 2-3 innings.

    "It was a sinker that kind of tailed back over the middle of the plate,'' Lowe said. "Shawn Green is very potent in the middle of that lineup. They're a tough team to pitch to. I'm a contact pitcher and they're a contact team.''

    The Dodgers pulled ahead 4-3 in the fifth with RBI singles by Izturis and Roberts, who beat the low throw to first from Garciaparra after his comebacker glanced off Lowe's bare hand.

    Green drew a leadoff walk in the sixth, took third on Eric Karros' single and scored the Dodgers' fifth run when Grissom grounded into a force play.

    Henderson homered into the left field pavilion leading off the fourth for his 293rd career homer. Johnny Damon reached on an error at first base by Karros, and Garciaparra followed with his ninth homer.

    Lowe, who had a career-high 10 strikeouts in his previous start, struck out two. He allowed five runs, matching a season-high, and six hits in seven innings.

    Game notes

    Garciaparra's homer gave him 501 career RBI. ... Orel Hershiser, hired as Texas' pitching coach Saturday, joined an impressive group of former Dodgers who became pitching coaches in the majors including: Roger Craig, Ron Perranoski, Claude Osteen, Bob Welch, Charlie Hough, Burt Hooton, Phil Regan and Johnny Podres. ... The Red Sox began the day leading the AL with a .282 team batting average and a 3.57 team ERA. The last time they finished a season leading in both categories was 1903 (.272 average and 2.57 ERA). ... Daubach has only 15 hits in his last 91 at-bats and is 2-for-19 on the road trip.

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