After what transpired with the Miami Marlins, Hanley Ramirez is thrilled to be wearing a Dodgers’ uniform, and last Sunday his hit in the ninth drove in Matt Kemp (walk) for a dramatic 7-6 win, and a three-game sweep of Chicago at the Stadium.
“I want to thank the front office,” said Ramirez. “I’m happy to be here. We don’t ever give up. It’s not been a good year for me. It’s our chance now to go out and win.”
General Manager Ned Colletti also landed Joe Blanton, who pitched six innings on Sunday, giving up five hits and two runs (earned), and outfielder Shane Victorino fromPhiladelphia.
Andre Ethier’s two-run double in the seventh gave the Dodgers (59-50) a 6-5 lead and plated Mark Ellis (walk) and Kemp (single).
In the sixth, Luis Cruz’s single scored Kemp and Ramirez (each walked), and pinch-hitter Juan Rivera walked with the bases loaded for a run batted in to make it 4-2.
A.J. Ellis lined a double in the fifth which scored James Loney (single) for a 1-1 tie.
Kemp’s two-run smash in the fourth on Saturday was his 16th, and it propelled the Dodgers to a 3-1 victory over the Cubs.
It took a while, but Clayton Kershaw (9-6) is pitching like the defending Cy Young winner, allowing one run (earned) with three hits, seven strikeouts and two walks in seven innings.
A.J. Ellis (three hits) cracked two home runs and drove in three runs with two runs, while Ramirez doubled and singled with two RBIs and a run as the Dodgers blasted the visitors 6-1 on Friday.
Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt had three singles with a run, and Miguel Montero (two hits with a homer) drove in three runs and scored during Wednesday’s 4-0 blitz.
Patrick Corbin (3-4) went six innings and limited the Dodgers to singles by Kemp and losing pitcher Stephen Fife (0-1).
The Diamondbacks broke open a close contest with a pair of three-run innings and routed the Dodgers 8-2 on Tuesday as Wade Miley (12-6) worked eight frames with one run (earned) and three hits.
Goldschmidt scored two runs, had three hits (with a homer) and two RBIs, Montero added a three-run shot in the sixth, and Chris Johnson (three hits) drove in two.
Goldschmidt’s three RBIs and two hits with a run, along with Johnson’s grand slam set the pace for the Diamondbacks, who took apart the Dodgers 7-2 on Monday behind Trevor Cahill (9-9).
Kemp finished with three hits, an RBI and a run, Jerry Hairston Jr. an RBI, and Rivera (two hits) scored a run.