Blue End Well


Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti acquired Hanley Ramirez fromMiamithis past week, and the three-time National League All-Star, Rookie of the Year in 2006, and leading batter in 2009, has already paid off with major contributions.

In Sunday’s 4-0 victory by the Dodgers (56-47) over San Francisco (55-46) at AT&T Park, Ramirez (one hit) drove in a run with a grounder during a two-run fourth, and helped Clayton Kershaw (8-6) go the distance as he allowed five hits with seven strikeouts and one walk.

Luis Cruz’s double in the fourth scored Ramirez, and Cruz’s run batted in single in the eighth plated James Loney (double), while a hit by Mark Ellis brought in Cruz.

“We feel really good,” said Cruz, who had seven RBIs over these seven games. “We feel really excited to come home. We try to play the best game and win every day.”

On Saturday, Ramirez doubled and singled and had three RBIs with a run scored as the Dodgers blew out the Giants 10-0 with Chad Billingsley (6-9) allowing four hits in seven and one-third innings.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Matt Kemp, who had four hits, including two doubles, a two-run homer in the first with four RBIs and three runs on Saturday of Ramirez. “He’s already helped us. He’ll be a great addition to our lineup.”

On Friday, Ramirez’s two-run poke in the 10th lifted the Dodgers to a 5-3 win.

Host St. Louis collected a season-best 18 hits and drilled the Dodgers 7-4 on Thursday as David Freese (three hits) drove in two with two runs scored, while Matt Holliday (two runs and two hits) hit a solo homer in the sixth.

Jake Westbrook (9-8) struck out six, walked one, gave up four runs (three earned), with seven hits in seven innings.

Juan Rivera and Cruz each drove in a run, and Andre Ethier (two hits) scored a run for the Dodgers, who exploded with a four-run fifth.

Rafael Furcal’s hit in the 12th on Wednesday gave the Cardinals a 3-2 win, while in his initial Dodger at-bat, Ramirez tripled in the second, and scored on Loney’s sacrifice fly.

Furcal drove in three runs and had two hits with a run in Tuesday’s 8-2 romp bySt. Louis, and pitcher Adam Wainwright added two RBIs with two runs.

Wainwright (8-10) gave up two runs (earned), and seven hits in seven and one-third innings.

Billingsley handed out seven hits with one run (earned) in six innings as the Dodgers bested the Cardinals 5-3 on Monday, and Cruz smacked a three-run shot in the second, and Ellis had a two-run double in the seventh.

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