BOSTON (AP)—Jeff Weaver finally got some run support—maybe too much.
Los Angeles’ seven-run fifth inning in a 14-5 win over Boston on Saturday kept Weaver in the dugout for more than a half-hour. He left the game against his wishes after allowing three runs in the bottom of the inning.
“I wasn’t in tune after that long fifth inning,” Weaver said. “I started to get it back at the end of the fifth and know I would have put up a zero in the sixth.”
Olmedo Saenz drove in four runs and hit one of Los Angeles’ three homers in the Dodgers’ first win at Fenway Park.
Los Angeles led 14-5 after just 5 1/2 innings. In his previous eight starts, Weaver (4-7) had a 3.19 ERA, but a 2-5 record.
“To go out there and score runs for this guy when he’s been a real workhorse for us is very gratifying,” manager Jim Tracy said.
Weaver and Tracy had an animated dugout conversation after the fifth, and Weaver went to the end of the bench glaring at Tracy.
“He wanted to go out for the sixth inning, but he doesn’t make those decisions,” Tracy said. “I do.”
Weaver had thrown 98 pitches, and Tracy said the relievers needed work.
“We’ve got arms in the bullpen,” Weaver said. “We used them. We won.”
“They’ve got a good pitching staff all the way through, and they swung the bats well,” Boston’s Nomar Garciaparra said.
Trailing 2-1, Los Angeles scored four runs in the fourth then added seven in the fifth and two in the sixth. Saenz, Juan Encarnacion and Jayson Werth homered, and Cesar Izturis had four of his team’s 15 hits and stole two bases.
“He’s becoming a better and better offensive player for us by the day,” Tracy said of Izturis.
The top of the fifth lasted 31 minutes and was the Dodgers’ most productive inning this season.
“The ball doesn’t feel very good in my hand,” Boston starter Tim Wakefield said. “I’m just frustrated.”
Wakefield (4-5) allowed eight runs on 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings.
The Dodgers lost 2-1 in their debut at Fenway Park on Friday night. The Red Sox lost for just the second time in seven games.
The 14 runs were the most by Los Angeles since a 16-4 win over San Francisco on April 20, 2003. And they scored in double figures for the third time in 13 games after doing it just twice all last season.
Boston first baseman-outfielder David McCarty retired the side in order in the ninth when Izturis grounded to first, Werth struck out and Milton Bradley grounded to third.
“I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m looking forward to (pitching) because it means things aren’t going well for us,” McCarty said.
In his other pitching appearance, he allowed one run in two-thirds of an inning April 9 in a 10-5 loss to Toronto.
In the fourth, the Dodgers made it 2-2 on Encarnacion’s ninth homer. They added three runs on a walk to Saenz, an RBI double by Izturis and Werth’s third homer.
The Dodgers loaded the bases on a leadoff single by Green, a double by Lo Duca and a walk to Encarnacion. Anastacio Martinez replaced Wakefield and hit Saenz with his first pitch, forcing in a run. Alex Cora drove in the next run with a groundout.
Then Izturis singled in a run, Werth walked to load the bases and Bradley walked, making it 9-2. Green singled in two runs and Lo Duca doubled in another.
Boston cut the lead to 12-5 in the fifth on Ortiz’s sacrifice fly and Manny Ramirez’s AL-leading 17th homer, a two-run shot. But in the sixth, Saenz also hit a two-run homer, his second of the season.
Garciaparra returned to Boston’s lineup for his third game since tendinitis in his right Achilles’ sidelined him until Wednesday. After resting Friday night, he grounded out to the pitcher, was hit by a pitch, struck out andwalked Saturday.
Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda threw out the ceremonial first pitch. … Weaver’s 11-2 interleague winning percentage is the best in themajors. … Bellhorn extended his hitting streak to 11 games.