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Juan Pierre, Ramirez's replacement in left field, hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the seventh inning, and the Dodgers rallied from a three-run deficit to beat the slumping Florida Marlins 6-4 on Friday.
Los Angeles' third consecutive victory came hours after Ramirez apologized to his teammates at the team hotel. It was his first time with the Dodgers since being suspended for 50 games for using a banned substance.
"He's a happy-go-lucky guy, so we weren't expecting a big speech," Pierre said. "But just seeing him felt good. It was good for the team."
The Dodgers upped the best record in the majors to 25-12, and improved to 4-4 without Ramirez.
"We're not as powerful without him," manager Joe Torre said. "But we still have a pretty good lineup."
The Marlins lost their fifth straight game and are 6-18 since starting the season 11-1.
"It's just a run of bad luck," said Dan Uggla, whose average fell to .182 when he went 0 for 4. "You have to keep working."
Pierre also scored a run and went 2 for 4 to hike his average to .391.
"I just do what I know I can do and keep it in my elements," Pierre said. "Right now I'm finding some holes. It feels good to contribute and help the team win."
"We know how tough it is going to be without Manny," Paul said. "And we're up for the challenge."
Jonathan Broxton walked two in the ninth but retired pinch-hitter Russ Gload on a flyout with runners at second and third for his ninth save in 11 chances.
Jeff Weaver (2-0) pitched a scoreless sixth for the Dodgers, and Marlins starter Chris Volstad (2-3) lost his third start in a row. Volstad took a one-hitter into the sixth but retired only three more batters and gave up four runs, two on homers.
With the Marlins trailing 5-4, an umpire reversal went against them in the eighth, prompting two ejections. With a runner on first and none out, Uggla squared to bunt and was hit on the right hand by a pitch from Cory Wade. Plate umpire Joe West awarded Uggla first base, but first base umpire Ed Rapuano said Uggla was swinging and sent him back to the plate.
Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez argued and was ejected. Uggla then struck out, shouted at Rapuano and was ejected.
"We felt he didn't offer at the pitch," Gonzalez said.
"I was surprised they told me to go back to the plate," Uggla said, "but it's a judgment call."
The Dodgers had only one baserunner in the first five innings, but they reached Volstad for five consecutive hits in the sixth and scored three times to tie it. Blake hit his eighth home run to lead off, and four pitches later Paul hit his first career homer.
"It felt good," Paul said. "I don't even remember touching the bases."
|Juan Pierre, Manny's replacement in left field, is filling in nicely as his single breaks the tie. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Juan Pierre, LF||4||1||2||2||1||0||1||.391|
|Rafael Furcal, SS||5||1||1||0||0||0||1||.241|
|Orlando Hudson, 2B||5||0||2||0||0||2||2||.344|
|Andre Ethier, RF||4||0||1||2||0||1||0||.271|
|Russell Martin, C||5||0||0||0||0||1||3||.277|
|James Loney, 1B||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.283|
|Matt Kemp, CF||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.294|
|Casey Blake, 3B||4||1||2||1||0||1||4||.283|
|Eric Stults, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.091|
|a- Xavier Paul, PH||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.600|
|Jeff Weaver, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|b- Mark Loretta, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.344|
|Brent Leach, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ronald Belisario, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Cory Wade, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Juan Castro, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.412|
|Jonathan Broxton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-homered for Stults in the 6th|
|b-walked for Weaver in the 7th|
|c-struck out for Wade in the 9th|
|2B - Casey Blake (7, Volstad)|
|HR - Casey Blake (8, Volstad), Xavier Paul (1, Volstad)|
|SF - Andre Ethier (2)|
|RBI - Juan Pierre 2 (9), Andre Ethier 2 (29), Casey Blake (23), Xavier Paul (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Andre Ethier (11)|
|CS - Juan Pierre (3, 2nd base by Volstad/Paulino)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Jeff Weaver (W,2-0)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||2.40|
|Brent Leach (H,1)||0.2||1||1||1||0||1||0||11.57|
|Ronald Belisario (H,5)||0.1||0||0||0||1||0||0||3.00|
|Cory Wade (H,5)||1||1||0||0||1||1||0||4.63|
|Jonathan Broxton (S,9)||1||0||0||0||2||0||0||1.50|
|IBB - Paulino by Eric Stults|
|Pitches-Strikes - Eric Stults 96-57, Jeff Weaver 22-13, Brent Leach 17-11, Ronald Belisario 7-2, Cory Wade 22-11, Jonathan Broxton 28-16|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eric Stults 5-5, Brent Leach 1-0, Jonathan Broxton 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Eric Stults 22, Jeff Weaver 4, Brent Leach 3, Ronald Belisario 2, Cory Wade 5, Jonathan Broxton 5|
|Emilio Bonifacio, 3B-2B||5||1||2||0||0||0||0||.267|
|Chris Coghlan, LF||3||1||0||1||2||1||0||.222|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||4||0||1||1||1||2||1||.354|
|Jorge Cantu, 1B||4||0||0||0||1||0||2||.271|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.182|
|Matt Lindstrom, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Ross Gload, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.234|
|Jeremy Hermida, RF||3||1||3||0||1||0||0||.250|
|Cody Ross, CF||3||1||1||2||0||1||2||.210|
|Renyel Pinto, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Leo Nunez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Wes Helms, PH-3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.238|
|Ronny Paulino, C||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||.239|
|c- John Baker, PH-C||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.275|
|Chris Volstad, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.067|
|Kiko Calero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Alfredo Amezaga, CF||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.224|
|a-flied out for Lindstrom in the 9th|
|b-popped out for Nunez in the 8th|
|c-walked for Paulino in the 8th|
|2B - Hanley Ramirez (14, Stults), Jeremy Hermida (4, Stults)|
|3B - Emilio Bonifacio (2, Leach)|
|HR - Cody Ross (5, Stults)|
|RBI - Chris Coghlan (4), Hanley Ramirez (20), Cody Ross 2 (18)|
|2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez (11), Cody Ross 2 (8)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Chris Volstad (L,2-3)||6||7||4||4||0||3||2||3.35|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Volstad 92-58, Kiko Calero 15-6, Renyel Pinto 22-15, Leo Nunez 7-5, Matt Lindstrom 23-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Volstad 4-10, Renyel Pinto 1-2, Leo Nunez 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Chris Volstad 24, Kiko Calero 3, Renyel Pinto 6, Leo Nunez 2, Matt Lindstrom 6|
|Attendance - 20039|
|Game Time - 3:46|
|Temperature - 81|
|Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Paul Nauert|