Red Sox 5, Dodgers 3
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) _ The Boston Red Sox pounded Fernando Valenzuela for seven hits and five runs in the first two innings Thursday, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 in an exhibition game.
Steve Ellsworth, 27, a rookie right-hander, allowed only one run and two hits in six innings as the Red Sox improved their record to 10-11 with their fourth consecutive victory. Ellsowrth struck five and didn’t walk anybody.
Valenzuela, who had allowed only two runs in 17 innings in four previous starts, was tagged for a run in the first as Brady Anderson led off with a double, stole third and scored on Wade Boggs’ sacrifice fly.
Valenzuela gave up four runs on six hits in the second. He then gave up only one more hit before leaving after the fifth.
The Dodgers scored once in the second. John Shelby singled, stole second and scored on Tracy Woodson’s chopper over Boggs’ head at third base.
After Woodson’s single, Ellsworth retired the next 13 batters. Ed Lynch gave up an RBI double to Mickey Hatcher in the seventh and another RBI double to Jose Gonzalez in the eighth before Dennis Lamp pitched a scoreless ninth.
In Boston’s second, Mike Greenwell led off with a single and took second on a single by Sam Horn. Rich Gedman doubled for two runs, and Anderson and Marty Barrett followed with RBI singles.
The loss left Los Angeles with a 15-8 record.