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Manny, Ethier homer twice as Dodgers' streak hits seven

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LOS ANGELES -- Manny Ramirez is really back now, and that will make the Los Angeles Dodgers' potent offense even more dangerous.

The enigmatic slugger hit his first two home runs of the season -- and dropped a flyball for his first error -- as the defending NL West champions extended their winning streak to seven games with a 9-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday.

"I'm just happy to get that out of the way," said Ramirez, who was presented with a magnum of champagne from clubhouse manager Mitch Poole after the game.

"I know it's a long season and I knew it was going to come around, so I was just being patient," Ramirez said. "But I've got to go and keep finding myself out there. What we did today don't mean anything. It's not how you start, but how you finish. We've got to keep battling and keep winning."

Andre Ethier also homered twice and drove in four runs while batting second for the first time this season. Manager Joe Torre shuffled the lineup to give shortstop Rafael Furcal, third baseman Casey Blake and catcher Russell Martin the day off after Friday night's come-from-behind win.

"Ethier's such a good hitter," Torre said. "Even though he gets angry and all that stuff, I see a difference in him where every at-bat is different -- which is good, because he doesn't carry it over. And no matter where he bats, he's in a significant spot in the lineup. He certainly took advantage of hitting in front of Manny today."

Chad Billingsley (3-0) allowed three runs and four hits over six innings with six strikeouts. The right-hander was staked to a 5-0 lead before the Rockies got on the board in the sixth with Brad Hawpe's two-run triple past a diving Ramirez in the left-field corner and Ian Stewart's sacrifice fly.

The Dodgers increased their lead to 9-3 with four runs in the seventh, the first on Ethier's second homer of the game and fourth this season. Matt Kemp added an RBI single that extended his season-opening hitting streak to 12 games, Juan Castro hit a sacrifice fly and Will Ohman had an RBI single -- using Ramirez's bat.

Aaron Cook (0-1) lasted just four innings, allowing five runs and eight hits -- three of them homers. The right-hander, who beat the Dodgers twice last year, has given up five homers in his first 12 1/3 innings this season. Last year he allowed just 13 in 211 1/3 innings last year.

"He left the ball up in the zone a lot today," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "Flyballs, home runs -- it's uncharacteristic. It's wasn't a good start."

Both of Ramirez's homers came with the bases empty and increased his career total to 529, five behind Jimmie Foxx for 16th place all-time and seven shy of Mickey Mantle's total.

The 12-time All-Star, who signed a two-year, $45 million deal on March 4 after weeks of protracted negotiations, snapped his season-opening drought of 11 games and 36 at-bats without a home run. The longest stretch the 17-year veteran has gone from the start of the season before hitting his first homer was in 2006 (16 games, 55 at-bats). He also came out of that drought with a pair of homers, against Toronto.

"He probably got through this thing easily because we've been winning," Torre said. "I mean, we rely on him so much. And to have him break out like that today was a big lift for everybody. It was great to have them all contribute the way they did."

The multihomer game was the 54th for Ramirez, tying Frank Robinson for ninth place in that category. The two RBI tied Honus Wagner for 19th place on the career list at 1,732.

"Manny's one of those guys who you never worry about how they start, because his numbers are always going to finish up in the same place. And it makes him a little bit more dangerous if he's cold," said Colorado reliever Alan Embree, Ramirez's teammate in Boston for four seasons including 2004, when Ramirez was named World Series MVP.

Ramirez drove 3-2 pitch to left-center with two outs in the first to open the scoring. In the third, he deposited Cook's 1-0 delivery into the lower seats in the left field corner.

Ethier increased the margin to 5-0 in the fourth with a three-run shot. He and Ramirez became the first pair of Dodgers to each homer twice in the same game since Aug. 19, 2004, when Shawn Green and Adrian Beltre did it in a loss to Atlanta.

Ramirez's error on Hawpe's routine fly followed a leadoff walk to Garrett Atkins. Both runners advanced on Stewart's groundout, but Billingsley got Ramirez off the hook by striking out Troy Tulowitzki and retiring Yorvit Torrealba on a fly to center.

"I just dropped it," Ramirez said after his third error in 65 games with the Dodgers. "Torii Hunter, he's got 10 Gold Gloves and he misses sometimes. What about me? I don't even got a silver one."

Torre added: "When he came in after he dropped the fly ball, he says: 'Well, no Gold Glove this year.'"

Notes

  • Ramirez has now homered against every team in the majors.
  • When Cook retired Castro on a fly to left for the first out of the fourth, he broke RHP Jason Jennings' franchise record of 941 innings pitched.
  • The Dodgers placed RHP Cory Wade on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 12, because of bursitis in his shoulder. He is scheduled for an MRI on Monday. LHP Scott Elbert was recalled from Double-A Chattanooga.
  • The Dodgers have scored 59 runs over their last eight games.
 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

A. Ethier
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
Colorado

I. Stewart
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Colorado Rockies
Ryan Spilborghs, CF3000020 .244
    Jason Hammel, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeff Baker, PH0000100 .111
    Alan Embree, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Speier, P0000000 .000
   b- Omar Quintanilla, PH1000012 .000
Seth Smith, LF3110212 .150
Todd Helton, 1B3111102 .188
Garrett Atkins, 3B4000126 .200
Brad Hawpe, RF4112000 .267
Ian Stewart, 2B3112000 .389
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4010022 .235
Yorvit Torrealba, C3100103 .200
Aaron Cook, P1000010 .250
   c- Dexter Fowler, PH-CF3020000 .308
Totals3257569  
a-walked for Hammel in the 7th
b-struck out for Speier in the 9th
c-grounded out for Cook in the 5th
Batting
2B - Seth Smith (1, Billingsley)
3B - Brad Hawpe (1, Billingsley)
HR - Ian Stewart (2, Ohman)
SF - Todd Helton (2), Ian Stewart (1)
RBI - Todd Helton (5), Brad Hawpe 2 (8), Ian Stewart 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Ian Stewart (3)
SB - Dexter Fowler (2, 2nd base off Mota/Ausmus)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Tulowitzki-Helton
E - Ian Stewart (1, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Aaron Cook (L,0-1) 4855223 10.22
Jason Hammel 2100020 3.86
Alan Embree0132101 11.57
Ryan Speier 2211110 4.76
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 79-50, Jason Hammel 26-16, Alan Embree 13-6, Ryan Speier 30-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 3-6, Jason Hammel 1-3, Alan Embree 1-0, Ryan Speier 2-3
Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 21, Jason Hammel 7, Alan Embree 3, Ryan Speier 9
Los Angeles Dodgers
Orlando Hudson, 2B4110105 .354
Andre Ethier, RF5224011 .279
Manny Ramirez, LF3322110 .308
   a- Juan Pierre, PH-LF1000000 .375
James Loney, 1B5110000 .295
Matt Kemp, CF3111111 .357
Blake DeWitt, 3B4010003 .200
Brad Ausmus, C3110101 .429
Juan Castro, SS3011011 .333
Chad Billingsley, P1000012 .333
   b- Mark Loretta, PH1010000 .556
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
    Will Ohman, P10110001.000
    Ramon Troncoso, P0000000 .000
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
Totals34912945  
a-flied out for Ramirez in the 8th
b-singled for Billingsley in the 6th
Batting
HR - Andre Ethier 2 (4, Cook, Embree), Manny Ramirez 2 (2, Cook, Cook)
SF - Juan Castro (1)
SH - Chad Billingsley (2)
RBI - Andre Ethier 4 (13), Manny Ramirez 2 (7), Matt Kemp (9), Juan Castro (1), Will Ohman (1)
2-OUT RBI - Andre Ethier 3 (5), Manny Ramirez (1), Will Ohman (1)
SB - Matt Kemp (4, 2nd base off Cook/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - DeWitt-Hudson
E - Manny Ramirez (1, Dropped fly)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Chad Billingsley (W,3-0) 6433360 2.84
Guillermo Mota0100100 6.23
Will Ohman (H,2) 1.2111011 3.18
Ramon Troncoso 0.1111100 4.50
Ronald Belisario 1000120 1.04
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 111-71, Guillermo Mota 10-6, Will Ohman 17-11, Ramon Troncoso 17-9, Ronald Belisario 16-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 7-6, Ramon Troncoso 1-0
Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 26, Guillermo Mota 2, Will Ohman 5, Ramon Troncoso 3, Ronald Belisario 4
Game Information
Attendance - 36765
Game Time - 3:24
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Angel Hernandez