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Ramirez's four-hit night leads Marlins over skidding Dodgers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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LOS ANGELES -- Sergio Mitre and Derek Lowe both have been struggling to win games -- not because of their pitching, but the lack of run support they've been getting.

The Marlins gave Mitre enough runs to work with Saturday night.

Hanley Ramirez had four hits, Miguel Cabrera and Josh Willingham homered in the fourth inning and Florida beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2.

"The team pretty much bailed me out all night long," Mitre said. "I don't think I had my best stuff at all. My pitches were a little bit flatter than usual and I wasn't able to put innings away with two outs. But the guys put up runs and they played great defense. It feels good to get the 'W.' It was a battle all game long for me."

Mitre (3-4) won for the first time since May 20, allowing two runs and 11 hits over seven innings with a walk and two strikeouts. The right-hander was 0-2 over his previous seven outings, despite allowing only 16 earned runs in 41 1/3 innings.

"If he keeps pitching like he has been, those wins will come," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "That kind of stuff sometimes runs in cycles a little bit."

Lowe was matched up against Mitre for the second time this season. In the first meeting, Mitre gave up only three hits in eight scoreless innings and had to settle for a no-decision.

Florida was averaging just 3.7 runs in Mitre's starts entering the game. He has allowed two earned runs or less in 11 of his 15 starts and has a 1.41 ERA in those games -- but only a 3-1 record to show for it.

"I felt it was going to turn around, and tonight it did," Mitre said. "Everything evens out, whether I put up zeros or I don't."

Lowe (8-8) was charged with five runs and 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings after coming in with a tidy 2.98 ERA. The Dodgers have scored fewer than three runs in seven of Lowe's eight losses.

"That has to play on the mental side of it, because it's really tough to separate it," Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said. "There's not a whole lot you can do on that side, but sometimes that leaks into your thought process. That's when you try to make pitches better than they need to be."

James Loney equaled a career high with four hits for Los Angeles, which tied a season worst with its fourth straight loss.

Cabrera hit a solo drive and Willingham added a two-run shot to give Florida a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning. Cabrera has 18 homers and Willingham 11 -- including a game-winning, three-run shot against Lowe in the ninth inning of a 3-0 victory on May 10 at Miami. Those are Willingham's only two hits in nine career at-bats against the right-hander.

"The ball that Derek was really beating himself up on was the one to Willingham because it just stayed flat and came across the middle of the plate," Honeycutt said.

"We really haven't seen Derek quite as sharp his last few times out. I think he's battling a little bit with his mechanics -- not overthrowing, but just trying to be too fine with everything. He's got a great sinker, but sometimes he drops his arm level when he's trying to do a little too much, and it flattens out. He felt his release point wasn't the same tonight."

One night after hitting two solo homers and driving in the eventual winning run with a bunt single in the 10th inning, Ramirez singled his first two times up and was thrown out on the basepaths both times. In the first, he was cut down at the plate on Cabrera's grounder to third baseman Nomar Garciaparra. In the second, Ramirez was nabbed trying to steal second by first-time All-Star Russell Martin.

Pinch-hitter Todd Linden greeted Dodgers reliever D.J. Houlton with a leadoff homer in the ninth, and Cabrera ended the scoring with a sacrifice fly.

Notes

  • The Marlins' pitching staff has recorded the most walks in the majors (374) -- and their hitters have struck out the most times (736). "I don't even worry about that stuff -- or else I'd go crazy and start going bald," said Gonzalez, whose head is clean-shaven.
  • Dodgers 3B Tony Abreu was not available to play because of abdominal pain.
 
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The Marlins' Hanley Ramirez is a bitter pill for the Dodgers, going 4-for-4 with two runs.  (Getty Images)
The Marlins' Hanley Ramirez is a bitter pill for the Dodgers, going 4-for-4 with two runs. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Florida

H. Ramirez
AB 4
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
Florida

M. Cabrera
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS4240100 .330
Dan Uggla, 2B4011003 .249
Miguel Cabrera, 3B3222101 .324
Mike Jacobs, 1B5120003 .263
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
Josh Willingham, LF3112100 .262
Jeremy Hermida, RF4010013 .227
Miguel Olivo, C4000021 .247
Alfredo Amezaga, CF3000110 .267
Sergio Mitre, P3000032 .100
    Armando Benitez, P0000000 .000
   a- Todd Linden, PH1111000 .227
    Jason Wood, 1B0000000 .246
Totals34712647  
a-homered for Benitez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez 2 (23, Lowe, Lowe)
HR - Miguel Cabrera (18, Lowe), Josh Willingham (11, Lowe), Todd Linden (1, Houlton)
SF - Miguel Cabrera (4)
SH - Dan Uggla (4)
RBI - Dan Uggla (51), Miguel Cabrera 2 (61), Josh Willingham 2 (54), Todd Linden (5)
SB - Hanley Ramirez 2 (27, 2nd base off Lowe/Martin, 2nd base off Houlton/Martin)
CS - Hanley Ramirez (8, 2nd base by Lowe/Martin)
PK - Josh Willingham (1, Beimel)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alfredo Amezaga 1
Florida Marlins
Sergio Mitre (W,3-4) 71122120 2.85
Armando Benitez (H,7) 1100110 4.68
Justin Miller 1000000 2.42
Pitches-Strikes - Sergio Mitre 96-67, Armando Benitez 25-13, Justin Miller 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sergio Mitre 11-7, Armando Benitez 1-1, Justin Miller 2-1
Batters Faced - Sergio Mitre 32, Armando Benitez 5, Justin Miller 3
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5000002 .271
Juan Pierre, CF5120010 .280
Russell Martin, C4010100 .302
Jeff Kent, 2B5121002 .279
Luis Gonzalez, LF4010002 .292
Nomar Garciaparra, 3B4020000 .273
James Loney, 1B4041000 .397
Andre Ethier, RF3000005 .278
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
   a- Wilson Betemit, PH1000011 .206
    D.J. Houlton, P0000000 .000
Derek Lowe, P2000010 .176
    Matt Kemp, RF1000100 .349
Totals38212223  
a-struck out for Beimel in the 8th
Batting
RBI - Jeff Kent (41), James Loney (16)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Kent (11)
SB - Juan Pierre (34, 2nd base off Mitre/Olivo)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Andre Ethier 1
E - D.J. Houlton (1, Throwing), James Loney (4, Missed catch of throw)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Derek Lowe (L,8-8) 6.11054362 3.12
Joe Beimel 1.2100010 3.96
D.J. Houlton 1121101 2.70
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 114-72, Joe Beimel 20-12, D.J. Houlton 25-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 8-3, Joe Beimel 2-1
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 30, Joe Beimel 5, D.J. Houlton 5
Game Information
Attendance - 46177
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Chuck Meriwether