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Ramirez homers, Dodgers beat Reds 11-4

Aug 30, 2009 - 12:32 AM By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer

CINCINNATI(AP) -- With one swing, Manny Ramirez ended his drought and started a rout.

Ramirez hit the first of Los Angeles' four homers, and the Dodgers blew a four-run lead Saturday before powering their way to an 11-4 victory that ended the Cincinnati Reds' longest winning streak of the season at five games.

Ramirez connected on a two-run shot in the first inning off left-hander Matt Maloney (0-3), his first homer since Aug. 11. His opposite-field shot landed in the Los Angeles bullpen and gave the Dodgers an emotional lift - he was back in the swing of things.

"We get a lift when he comes to the ballpark every day," said Matt Kemp, who added a three-run homer. "His attitude is great. You can never tell if he's struggling or hitting good."

On this day, most of the Dodgers were good. Rafael Furcal hit a tiebreaking solo shot in the fifth and Orlando Hudson also homered as Los Angeles pulled away. Juan Pierre added three hits, helping the Dodgers pile up 13 overall.

"They didn't hit many balls hard," said Maloney, who gave up the first two homers. "Manny got just enough of it to get it out."

Jeff Weaver (6-4) bailed out starter Charlie Haeger, who had a tough time getting his knuckleball to work. Haeger squandered a 4-0 lead in less than three innings.

"It wasn't working very well today, that's all," Haeger said. "It's going to happen. You live and die by it."

The NL West leaders improved to 21-4 against Cincinnati since 2006, their best mark against any NL team. Two slumping hitters got them through an early rough spot.

Ramirez took a called third strike with the bases loaded to end the Reds' 4-2 win on Friday night, the third time he failed with runners in scoring position during the game. The outfielder has been in a deep slump - his homer in the first inning Saturday was only his second extra-base hit in the last 14 games.

Furcal came in batting .198 over his last 19 games, but had a sacrifice fly, a solo homer and a single.

Falling behind fast is the Reds' way. They've given up 109 runs in the first inning, the most in the majors. This time, they did something very much out of character: They caught up.

Their biggest comebacks of the season involved four-run deficits. Down 4-0, Craig Tatum broke an 0-for-22 slump by leading off the third inning with a homer, the first of his career. Paul Janish added a two-run homer later in the inning off Haeger.

Dodgers manager Joe Torre liked what he saw of Haeger in his two previous starts, when he gave up a total of three runs in 14 innings. The 25-year-old pitcher wasn't afraid to throw the knuckleball at any point in the count, showing full faith in his unpredictable pitch.

Torre also knew the steep downside to a knuckleball pitcher: If that one pitch doesn't do much, there's not much else to do but get him out of the game. And that's what he did after the 66th pitch.

"When you stop getting swings and misses, you know something's up," Torre said. "It's: 'Uh-oh."'

The Dodger bullpen had two big escapes. The Reds failed to score in the fifth off Weaver despite loading the bases with none out. The right-hander got a forceout at home, a popup and a strikeout by Tatum.

"Sometimes you use their aggressiveness against them," Weaver said. "That's what I did."

Weaver was replaced by Ramon Troncoso with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth, and Hudson made a diving stop of Scott Rolen's grounder to second, ending that threat and keeping the Dodgers ahead.

"It really hurt to leave the bases loaded with nobody out, especially after we'd just scored four runs," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Then Hudson made that great play on Rolen. If that gets through and we take the lead, who knows what might have happened? That's what happens when you play great defense. It can save teams."

NOTES: Dodgers RHP Hiroki Kuroda threw 35 pitches in a simulated game without any problems. Kuroda was hit on the right side of the head by a line drive Aug. 15 and went on the disabled list with a concussion. He could begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment as early as next week. ... Reds OF Laynce Nix was sidelined for a second day with a sore neck. He got treatment and is expected to miss a few more games.






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  • ** CONFIRMED **
    NL
    LA DODGERS 11
    CINCINNATI 4 FINAL

    Aug 29 7:38 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ORLANDO HUDSON (9) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 7TH OFF DANIEL RAY HERRERA.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 11, CINCINNATI 4
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: B AUSMUS (.294, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Dodgers 11, Reds 4  Top 7, 0 OutsAug 29 6:55 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY MATT KEMP (20) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 7TH OFF CARLOS FISHER SCORED MANNY RAMIREZ AND
    JUAN PIERRE.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 10, CINCINNATI 4
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J LONEY (.275, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Dodgers 10, Reds 4  Top 7, 0 OutsAug 29 6:48 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JUAN PIERRE SCORED RAFAEL FURCAL AND ANDRE ETHIER
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J PIERRE ON FIRST, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 7
    CINCINNATI 4 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: M RAMIREZ (.306, 1-FOR-3, HR, 2 RBI)

    Dodgers 7, Reds 4  Top 7, 0 OutsAug 29 6:44 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY RAFAEL FURCAL (7) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF MATT MALONEY.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 5, CINCINNATI 4
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J PIERRE (.324, 2-FOR-2)

    Dodgers 5, Reds 4  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 29 5:46 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRANDON PHILLIPS SCORED JOEY VOTTO
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, B PHILLIPS ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 4
    CINCINNATI 4 BOTTOM,3RD
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: S ROLEN (.243, 0-FOR-1)

    Dodgers 4, Reds 4  Bot 3, 0 OutsAug 29 5:12 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY PAUL JANISH (1) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 3RD OFF CHARLIE HAEGER SCORED DREW STUBBS.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 4, CINCINNATI 3
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J VOTTO (.313, 0-FOR-1)

    Dodgers 4, Reds 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsAug 29 5:07 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CRAIG TATUM (1) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    3RD OFF CHARLIE HAEGER.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 4, CINCINNATI 1
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: M MALONEY (.250, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Dodgers 4, Reds 1  Bot 3, 0 OutsAug 29 5:01 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY RAFAEL FURCAL SCORED ORLANDO HUDSON
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B AUSMUS ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 4
    CINCINNATI 0 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J PIERRE (.322, 1-FOR-1)

    Dodgers 4, Reds 0  Top 2, 0 OutsAug 29 4:37 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRAD AUSMUS SCORED MARK LORETTA
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B AUSMUS ON FIRST, O HUDSON ON THIRD, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 3
    CINCINNATI 0 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: C HAEGER (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Dodgers 3, Reds 0  Top 2, 0 OutsAug 29 4:35 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    LA DODGERS 2 2 2 0
    CINCINNATI 0 0 0 (BOT 1)


    CURRENT PITCHERS: LOS - CHARLIE HAEGER
    CIN - MATT MALONEY

    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: D STUBBS (.214, 1 HR, 3 RBI)
    P JANISH (.216, 0 HR, 8 RBI)
    J VOTTO (.314, 20 HR, 65 RBI)

    Dodgers 2, Reds 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 29 4:19 PM