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Marlins 6, Dodgers 5 (10 innings)

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LOS ANGELES -- Hanley Ramirez surprised Chad Billingsley by homering on his second pitch. Ramirez hit another one later, then shocked the Dodgers with a go-ahead bunt single in the 10th inning.

Ramirez's impressive display led the Florida Marlins to a 6-5 victory Friday night and sent Los Angeles to its third straight loss. The victory enabled Dontrelle Willis to enjoy his latest no-decision after spending part of the week attending to his ailing wife, Natalee, back in Miami.

"I always go out there with my family in mind," Willis said. "My wife's sick, but I didn't let that (distract) me today. I went out there with her in my heart and I did the best I could tonight."

Willis allowed five runs -- four earned -- and seven hits over six innings with six strikeouts after squandering an early 3-0 lead. He and his wife became parents for the first time on April 24 when Natalee gave birth to a daughter, Adrianna Rose.

"She told me to go out there and have fun. It's kind of hard when you're seeing your wife hooked up to an I.V., but I felt like going back to see her was the right thing to do," Willis said. "I love this game, but I love her more. I think my teammates and coaching staff understand that I had to miss a couple of days and take care of some business back home, so I owed it to them to come back and make this start and not put the burden on someone else."

Jeremy Hermida drew a leadoff walk in the 10th from Brett Tomko (1-7). One out later, pinch-runner Eric Reed stole second. After a walk to Alfredo Amezaga, pinch-hitter Todd Linden beat out a potential double-play grounder, leaving runners at the corners with two outs. Ramirez then dropped a perfect bunt down the third-base line and Tony Abreu had no play as Reed scored.

"Nobody was expecting it, and that's why it worked so well," Reed said. "The guy threw it right down the middle and Hanley laid down a perfect bunt. Henley's game is more than just power. It's also speed. And it's always a weapon when he's able to get a bunt in critical situations, because nobody plays in on him."

Renyel Pinto (1-3) allowed one hit over two scoreless innings for his first major league win, and Kevin Gregg got three outs for his 18th save in 19 attempts. Gregg retired his first two batters before walking the next three, but Juan Pierre popped up a fastball to shortstop and Ramirez caught it for the final out.

"It didn't look pretty, but we won," said Gregg, who has walked 25 batters in 50 2/3 innings. "Tonight it was a little bit of a mechanical flaw -- just getting inside the ball and pushing it off the inside corner of the plate. Some of the walks I use in certain situations, but I feel comfortable pitching with guys on base. I don't want them to be that high, but it's working for me so far, so I can't complain."

The Marlins tied it 5-all in the ninth against closer Takashi Saito on a one-out walk to Dan Uggla and an RBI double by Miguel Cabrera, who will be Saito's teammate at Tuesday's All-Star game.

The blown save was the second this season for Saito in 25 attempts, and only his fourth in 51 career save situations. The right-hander came in having walked only three batters in his previous 35 2/3 innings this season.

"The key to the game was when they scored off Saito," Dodgers manager Grady Little said. "That's a backbreaker. We needed to recover from that, and we weren't able to."

Ramirez, the 2006 NL Rookie of the Year, trimmed the Dodgers' lead to 5-4 in the seventh with his 14th homer - putting him within three of last year's total.

Willis took a two-hitter and a 3-0 lead into the fifth before the Dodgers pulled ahead with five two-out runs. The big blow was Russell Martin's two-run homer. Luis Gonzalez scored when Hermida tried to one-hand Nomar Garciaparra's routine fly to right and dropped it for the Marlins' 72nd error -- most in the majors.

Billingsley, who pitched seven scoreless innings of three-hit ball last Sunday against San Diego, allowed Ramirez's ninth career leadoff homer. Ramirez's seven leadoff homers last year tied the major league record for rookies, set by Garciaparra in 1997 with Boston.

Notes

Dodgers reliever Joe Beimel, making his first appearance since spending two nights in a hospital with heart palpitations, faced one batter and gave up a single to Jacobs in the seventh. ... Willis has a career record of 35-17 with a 3.47 ERA before the All-Star break, and is 23-22 with a 3.77 ERA after it. ... The other time Ramirez led off a game with a home run this season was April 17 at Houston in a 6-1 loss. It came off Roy Oswalt, who was pitching on short rest. ... Jacobs snapped an 0-for-18 drought with a first-inning double.

 
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Florida

H. Ramirez
AB 6
R 2
H 3
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Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS6233031 .322
Dan Uggla, 2B4210222 .249
Miguel Cabrera, 3B3111201 .321
Mike Jacobs, 1B5031002 .259
Josh Willingham, LF4001124 .262
Jeremy Hermida, RF3000223 .226
    Eric Reed, PR-CF0100000 .143
Miguel Olivo, C5010033 .251
Alfredo Amezaga, CF-RF4020121 .271
Dontrelle Willis, P0000000 .167
   a- Joe Borchard, PH1000000 .199
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Wood, PH1000001 .246
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
   c- Todd Linden, PH1000001 .218
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
Totals376116814  
a-grounded out for Willis in the 7th
b-grounded out for Lindstrom in the 8th
c-hit into fielder's choice for Pinto in the 10th
Batting
2B - Miguel Cabrera (23, Saito), Mike Jacobs (10, Billingsley)
HR - Hanley Ramirez 2 (14, Billingsley, Houlton)
SH - Dontrelle Willis 2 (8)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez 3 (34), Miguel Cabrera (59), Mike Jacobs (18), Josh Willingham (52)
2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez (10)
SB - Eric Reed (1, 2nd base off Tomko/Lieberthal)
CS - Alfredo Amezaga (4, 3rd base by Billingsley/Martin)
Fielding
PB - Miguel Olivo (10)
E - Jeremy Hermida (5, Dropped fly)
Florida Marlins
Dontrelle Willis 6754361 4.72
Matt Lindstrom 1100100 3.72
Renyel Pinto (W,1-3) 2100210 3.73
Kevin Gregg (S,18) 1000300 3.02
Pitches-Strikes - Dontrelle Willis 99-57, Matt Lindstrom 14-8, Renyel Pinto 29-14, Kevin Gregg 29-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dontrelle Willis 9-4, Renyel Pinto 3-0, Kevin Gregg 1-2
Batters Faced - Dontrelle Willis 29, Matt Lindstrom 5, Renyel Pinto 7, Kevin Gregg 6
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5020100 .275
Juan Pierre, CF6111005 .278
Russell Martin, C4122100 .302
    Brett Tomko, P0000000 .000
Jeff Kent, 2B4130101 .276
Luis Gonzalez, LF4111013 .292
    Andre Ethier, LF1000001 .281
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B2000100 .270
    D.J. Houlton, P0000000 .000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Rudy Seanez, P0000000 .000
   a- Wilson Betemit, PH0000100 .208
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
    Mike Lieberthal, C1000000 .209
Matt Kemp, RF5000016 .354
Tony Abreu, 3B3100230 .277
Chad Billingsley, P1000010 .500
   b- Olmedo Saenz, PH1000001 .209
    James Loney, 1B1000210 .362
Totals3859497  
a-walked for Seanez in the 7th
b-flied out for Billingsley in the 5th
Batting
2B - Luis Gonzalez (18, Willis)
HR - Russell Martin (10, Willis)
RBI - Juan Pierre (21), Russell Martin 2 (57), Luis Gonzalez (41)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Pierre (9), Russell Martin 2 (24), Luis Gonzalez (15)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Kent-Furcal-Loney
PB - Russell Martin (5)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Chad Billingsley 5633351 3.62
D.J. Houlton (H,1) 1.2111221 1.59
Joe Beimel0100000 4.15
Rudy Seanez (H,3) 0.1000010 3.12
Jonathan Broxton (H,19) 1100020 2.80
Takashi Saito (BS,2) 1111120 1.47
Brett Tomko (L,1-7) 1111220 6.18
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 92-54, D.J. Houlton 25-14, Joe Beimel 3-2, Rudy Seanez 8-6, Jonathan Broxton 14-9, Takashi Saito 23-13, Brett Tomko 25-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 5-4, D.J. Houlton 2-0, Jonathan Broxton 1-0, Takashi Saito 1-0, Brett Tomko 1-0
Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 23, D.J. Houlton 7, Joe Beimel 1, Rudy Seanez 1, Jonathan Broxton 4, Takashi Saito 5, Brett Tomko 6
Game Information
Attendance - 51050
Game Time - 3:37
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Tim Timmons