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Pedroia's walk-off single lifts Red Sox over Manny, Dodgers

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BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia erased a terrible at-bat with one patient swing, wiping out Manny Ramirez's chance to beat his old team.

Pedroia singled home the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning and the Boston Red Sox overcame Ramirez's homer to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 on Saturday.

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Bill Hall opened the ninth with a single against Ronald Belisario (1-1), but was cut down at second on Daniel Nava's attempted sacrifice. After Darnell McDonald struck out, Marco Scutaro walked and Pedroia singled to right on a 1-2 fastball from closer Jonathan Broxton.

"When you go out and the guy's throwing 100 and it looks like he's 9-feet tall, I was thinking I've got to wake up," he said. "I check swung twice. When I check swung, it really wasn't going that good. I just stepped out, thinking I've got to put the ball in play."

Nava slid in headfirst, easily beating the throw from Andre Ethier.

"It's funny. In the minors we're not allowed to slide head first," Nava said. "I was trying to make up for the bunt. I was really chugging around third. I wasn't going to get deked at the plate. You want to forget the bunt, but it was still on my mind."

Dodgers manager Joe Torre felt it was the right time to bring in Broxton.

"With a man in scoring position, that was the only time I was going to bring him in that situation," he said.

Ramirez homered in his second game back at Fenway Park, a sixth-inning solo shot off knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. The former Red Sox star also had his first stolen base since 2008.

Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer and Kevin Youkilis had a solo shot for the Red Sox, who committed four errors.

Wakefield made his 200th career start at Fenway, tying Roger Clemens for the most in club history.

"I'm very fortunate to be able to wear the uniform for as long as I can and share a record with Roger Clemens," he said.

Jonathan Papelbon (2-3) worked a scoreless ninth for the win.

The Dodgers pushed across two runs to tie it at 4 in the seventh. Garret Anderson doubled and scored on Blake DeWitt's double to right. DeWitt advanced to third when Hall misplayed a carom for his second error of the game. Manny Delcarmen relieved Wakefield, and Matt Kemp tied it with a sacrifice fly.

"You know you're in a fight when you play in this ballpark," Torre said. "We were able to fight our way back but we just couldn't get ahead."

Martinez connected in the fourth, driving a 3-0 pitch from Vicente Padilla over the wall in right to give Boston a 3-1 lead.

Padilla said through a translator that Martinez surprised him.

"You have to throw a strike in that situation. It's part of the game," he said. "It could be a ground ball, but it could also be a home run."

Ramirez homered into the second row of Green Monster seats to cut it to 3-2 in the sixth. As he rounded the bases, he was serenaded with a mixed response of cheers and boos -- much like most of his first game back on Friday night.

"He certainly is comfortable hitting in this park," Torre said.

Ramirez also singled, stole second and scored on Anderson's single in the second, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Boston tied it on Nava's RBI double in the bottom half.

Wakefield gave up four runs, three earned, and five hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Padilla made his first start since going on the disabled list April 23 with an inflamed nerve in his right arm. He gave up four runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Notes
  • Red Sox OF Mike Cameron , who has been hampered by an abdominal strain, got the day off.
  • Padilla fanned David Ortiz on a 95 mph fastball in the third and threw him a 54 mph curve in the sixth.
  • Wakefield remained 0-4 at Fenway Park this season.
  • Dodgers 1B James Loney made a nice grab of a foul pop, leaning into a photographers' pit.
 
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Dustin Pedroia comes through with the game-winning single for the Red Sox with two outs in the ninth. (AP)
Dustin Pedroia comes through with the game-winning single for the Red Sox with two outs in the ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

V. Martinez
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Los Angeles

M. Ramirez
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
Matt Kemp, CF4001002 .262
Russell Martin, C3000111 .258
Andre Ethier, RF4000012 .323
Manny Ramirez, DH4221000 .297
James Loney, 1B4000020 .300
Casey Blake, 3B3000121 .269
Garret Anderson, LF4131001 .194
    Reed Johnson, PR-LF0000000 .296
Jamey Carroll, SS2000112 .278
Blake DeWitt, 2B4111002 .269
Totals3246437  
Batting
2B - Garret Anderson (4, Wakefield), Blake DeWitt (11, Wakefield)
HR - Manny Ramirez (8, Wakefield)
SF - Matt Kemp (5)
SH - Jamey Carroll (2)
RBI - Matt Kemp (37), Manny Ramirez (34), Garret Anderson (11), Blake DeWitt (24)
2-OUT RBI - Garret Anderson (4)
SB - Russell Martin (4, 2nd base off Wakefield/Martinez), Manny Ramirez (1, 2nd base off Wakefield/Martinez), Jamey Carroll (4, 2nd base off Wakefield/Martinez)
CS - Matt Kemp (10, 2nd base by Wakefield/Martinez)
Team LOB - 6
Los Angeles Dodgers
Vicente Padilla 5.1544142 6.67
Jeff Weaver 1.1200020 3.43
Hong-Chih Kuo 1.1100030 1.29
Ronald Belisario (L,1-1) 0.2111110 4.50
Jonathan Broxton0100000 0.92
Pitches-Strikes - Vicente Padilla 89-56, Jeff Weaver 26-17, Hong-Chih Kuo 21-14, Ronald Belisario 14-9, Jonathan Broxton 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vicente Padilla 3-9, Jeff Weaver 2-0, Ronald Belisario 1-0
Batters Faced - Vicente Padilla 22, Jeff Weaver 6, Hong-Chih Kuo 5, Ronald Belisario 4, Jonathan Broxton 1
Boston Red Sox
Marco Scutaro, SS4010110 .283
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5021000 .277
David Ortiz, DH4000022 .263
Kevin Youkilis, 1B4221010 .313
Victor Martinez, C3212100 .295
Adrian Beltre, 3B4010021 .337
Bill Hall, RF4020011 .239
Daniel Nava, LF4111011 .360
Darnell McDonald, CF4000023 .276
Totals365105210  
Batting
2B - Daniel Nava (5, Padilla)
HR - Kevin Youkilis (14, Padilla), Victor Martinez (9, Padilla)
RBI - Dustin Pedroia (36), Kevin Youkilis (46), Victor Martinez 2 (37), Daniel Nava (7)
2-OUT RBI - Dustin Pedroia (12), Daniel Nava (2)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Adrian Beltre (12, Throwing), Bill Hall 2 (4, Misplayed grounder), Marco Scutaro (9, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
Tim Wakefield 6.1543261 5.33
Manny Delcarmen (BS,2) 0.1000100 2.25
Hideki Okajima 1.1000010 4.24
Jonathan Papelbon (W,2-3) 1100000 2.86
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Wakefield 95-62, Manny Delcarmen 6-1, Hideki Okajima 12-9, Jonathan Papelbon 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Wakefield 7-7, Hideki Okajima 1-2, Jonathan Papelbon 2-1
Batters Faced - Tim Wakefield 27, Manny Delcarmen 2, Hideki Okajima 4, Jonathan Papelbon 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37454
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Ted Barrett