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Dodgers make up three runs to overcome Marlins

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MIAMI -- The Los Angeles Dodgers' reunion with Manny Ramirez lasted about 10 minutes. Then they went to the ballpark and won another game without him.

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.

  Manny apologizes to teammates

"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."

With the score 3-all, James Loney led off the Dodgers' seventh with a single. Kiko Calero came on and walked Matt Kemp and pinch-hitter Mark Loretta to load the bases, and Pierre singled.

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."

Casey Blake and pinch-hitter Xavier Paul hit back-to-back homers for Los Angeles in the sixth.

"We know how tough it is going to be without Manny," Paul said. "And we're up for the challenge."

Cody Ross homered for Florida, and Hanley Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 12 games with an RBI double.

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."

Jeremy Hermida followed with a single, and John Baker walked to load the bases before Alfredo Amezaga flied out to end the inning.

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."

Notes

  • Marlins OF Brett Carroll was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans after the game. LHP Andrew Miller will be activated from the disabled list to start Saturday's game.
  • Dodgers opening-day starter Hiroki Kuroda (oblique strain) threw 36 pitches in a bullpen session and may throw a simulated game Monday.
  • Marlins RHP Josh Johnson, who complained of weakness in his pitching shoulder in Thursday's start at Milwaukee, said he felt better Friday and remains on schedule to make his next start.
  • Marlins RHP Anibal Sanchez is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a sprained shoulder. He reported no pain after playing catch Friday and may throw from the mound during the homestand.
 
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Juan Pierre, Manny's replacement in left field, is filling in nicely as his single breaks the tie. (US Presswire)
Juan Pierre, Manny's replacement in left field, is filling in nicely as his single breaks the tie. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Florida

C. Ross
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Los Angeles

C. Blake
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Juan Pierre, LF4122101 .391
Rafael Furcal, SS5110001 .241
Orlando Hudson, 2B5020022 .344
Andre Ethier, RF4012010 .271
Russell Martin, C5000013 .277
James Loney, 1B4120000 .283
Matt Kemp, CF3110110 .294
Casey Blake, 3B4121014 .283
Eric Stults, P1000001 .091
   a- Xavier Paul, PH1111000 .600
    Jeff Weaver, P0000000 .167
   b- Mark Loretta, PH0000100 .344
    Brent Leach, P0000000 .000
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
    Cory Wade, P0000000 .000
   c- Juan Castro, PH1000010 .412
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
Totals37612637  
a-homered for Stults in the 6th
b-walked for Weaver in the 7th
c-struck out for Wade in the 9th
Batting
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
Eric Stults 5533251 3.82
Jeff Weaver (W,2-0) 1000110 2.40
Brent Leach (H,1) 0.2111010 11.57
Ronald Belisario (H,5) 0.1000100 3.00
Cory Wade (H,5) 1100110 4.63
Jonathan Broxton (S,9) 1000200 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
Florida Marlins
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B-2B5120000 .267
Chris Coghlan, LF3101210 .222
Hanley Ramirez, SS4011121 .354
Jorge Cantu, 1B4000102 .271
Dan Uggla, 2B4000011 .182
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
   a- Ross Gload, PH1000002 .234
Jeremy Hermida, RF3130100 .250
Cody Ross, CF3112012 .210
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
   b- Wes Helms, PH-3B1000002 .238
Ronny Paulino, C2000101 .239
   c- John Baker, PH-C0000100 .275
Chris Volstad, P2000022 .067
    Kiko Calero, P0000000 .000
    Alfredo Amezaga, CF2000013 .224
Totals3447478  
a-flied out for Lindstrom in the 9th
b-popped out for Nunez in the 8th
c-walked for Paulino in the 8th
Batting
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
Florida Marlins
Chris Volstad (L,2-3) 6744032 3.35
Kiko Calero 0.1011210 2.00
Renyel Pinto 1.1200010 1.06
Leo Nunez 0.1100000 2.12
Matt Lindstrom 1211120 5.79
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
Game Information
Attendance - 20039
Game Time - 3:46
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Paul Nauert