Series: Game 1 of 3

Boston leads 1-0 (as of 6/11)

Game 1: Friday, June 11
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Game 2: Saturday, June 12
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Game 3: Sunday, June 13
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Dodgers 1

(31-27, 16-15 away)

Red Sox 2

(36-24, 21-10 home)

7:05 PM ET, June 11, 2004

Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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W: K. Foulke (2-0)

L: T. Martin (0-1)

Ramirez dropped game-ending fly ball

BOSTON (AP) -- David Ortiz lined a game-winning single that no one could catch after teammate Manny Ramirez gave away a lead on a popup he should have caught.

Ortiz's single in the bottom of the ninth inning followed his homer in the seventh, and the Boston Red Sox won 2-1 Friday night in the Los Angeles Dodgers' first game at Fenway Park.

"Manny's picked us up a lot," Ortiz said. "It's time we picked him up."

The Red Sox were one out from victory in the ninth with Alex Cora at first following his single. But Ramirez let Olmedo Saenz's wind-blown popup to left field drop next to him for a two-base error, allowing Cora to score.

"I just went hard. I gave it my best and I dropped the ball," Ramirez said, before joking: "There goes my Gold Glove."

Fielding isn't Ramirez's forte, but that didn't make manager Terry Francona feel any better when he saw the ball land.

"That was about as close to tears as I've been in a long time," he said. "He cares a lot. It wouldn't have surprised me if David Ortiz wouldn't have gotten a hit, Manny would have hit one off the wall or over."

Ortiz, who bats one spot ahead of cleanup hitter Ramirez, has 52 RBI in 59 games and is hitting .292 with seven hits in his last nine at-bats.

Derek Lowe pitched seven shutout innings, Mike Timlin added another and Keith Foulke (2-0) allowed the unearned run before Boston got its fifth win in six games.

"I feel bad," said Ramirez, who never touched Saenz's popup, "but that's why you have teammates to go out there and pick you up."

In the ninth, Johnny Damon walked against lefty Tom Martin (0-1), went to third on Mark Bellhorn's double to left and scored on Ortiz's single just inside the right-field line on an 0-2 pitch.

"No excuse for walking Johnny Damon in the first place," Martin said. "I thought I had Bellhorn struck out on the curveball. The curveball to Ortiz probably got more of the plate than it should have. Bad pitches, bad results."

Odalis Perez pitched the first eight innings for Los Angeles, allowing one run on five hits with seven strikeouts and a walk. He allowed just one runner to reach scoring position through the first six innings.

"He had great stuff," Dodgers catcher Paul Lo Duca said. "We should have four or five wins in a row, but we haven't scored runs."

The Dodgers, who fell one game behind NL West leader San Diego, are coming off a 1-2 record in a series against Toronto in which they lost the first two games 7-1 and 4-0.

Lowe shut them down but was deprived of a victory by Ramirez's error. His ERA dropped from 6.55 to 5.83 ERA as he allowed five hits in seven innings.

The only previous regular-season meetings between the Red Sox and Dodgers were in June 2002, when the Dodgers swept a three-game series in Los Angeles.

The teams also faced each other in the 1916 World Series when the Dodgers were in Brooklyn. The Red Sox won the series in five games, but the three games in Boston were played at Braves Field because the NL team's stadium had a larger seating capacity than Fenway.

On Friday, Ortiz hit a 2-0 pitch in the seventh into the Dodgers' bullpen in right field for a 1-0 lead.

Lowe struck out four and walked four while allowing runners in six of his seven innings. The Dodgers put runners in scoring position in four of them.

"He got himself into some trouble," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "The opportunity was there for us to score some runs."

The Dodgers threatened in the third. With two outs, they loaded the bases on a single by Dave Roberts and walks to Cesar Izturis and Milton Bradley. But Shawn Green struck out.

Game notes

The Red Sox activated RHP Scott Williamson from the disabled list and sent C-1B Andy Dominique to Triple-A Pawtucket. ... Former Dodgers LHP and Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax sat next to owner Frank McCourt Jr. in a box seat near the Los Angeles dugout. ... Green struck out three times. ... Bellhorn extended his hitting streak to a career-best 10 games.

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