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Manny's first homer since return not enough for Dodgers

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SAN DIEGO -- Manny Ramirez needed only five plate appearances before hitting his first post-drug suspension home run.

It wasn't enough to help Los Angeles overcome 22-year-old rookie Everth Cabrera's three RBI and brilliant defense as the San Diego Padres beat the Dodgers 7-4 on Saturday.

Ramirez homered in his second game back from his 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy. It was his seventh homer of the season and 534th of his career, tying Jimmie Foxx for 16th on the all-time list. Up next is Mickey Mantle with 536.

Ramirez dodged reporters afterward, leaving the clubhouse through a side door.

"I think this is his comfort zone, in that batter's box, in the ballpark, in the clubhouse, something that he hasn't had for a couple of months," manager Joe Torre said. "I think it's going to take a little time, but I think it's just him getting the rust off and getting used to what he's doing."

With two outs in the first, Geer got ahead of Ramirez 0-2 before throwing an outside pitch for ball one. The right-hander then served up a 79-mph changeup that Ramirez drove an estimated 369 feet into the seats in left field for a 1-0 lead.

"I think this is the best medicine for him after having to go through what he went through," Torre said. "Again, it's not that you're feeling sorry for him because he obviously was suspended for a reason and we're past that."

Ramirez left after six innings for the second straight game. He's 1 for 6 with a walk in two games back.

"I just hung one there with Manny in the first inning," Geer said, "and of course most good hitters will take advantage of it."

San Diego scored three runs in the seventh inning and added three unearned runs in the eighth. Cabrera hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh. He added an RBI infield single in the eighth, with a second run scoring on the play on third baseman Casey Blake's throwing error.

Cabrera had nine assists at shortstop, including two on grounders by Ramirez that led to bang-bang plays.

"I feel very happy," Cabrera said through an interpreter. "I always wanted to play like that."

He seemed happiest that it was against the team with the best record in baseball.

"I get very motivated in those kinds of games and I like the pressure and feed off it."

Ramirez also hit two ground balls that led to close plays.

Cabrera fielded Ramirez's grounder deep in the hole in the fourth and threw him out with a one-hopper to first baseman Gonzalez. Ramirez whipped off his helmet and argued with umpire Sam Holbrook before being pushed away by first base coach Mariano Duncan.

With runners on first and third and two outs in the sixth, Ramirez hit a grounder to almost the same spot. Cabrera bobbled the ball before throwing to second baseman David Eckstein to force Russell Martin. Martin argued with Dan Iassogna, and manager Joe Torre also came out to argue, unsuccessfully.

Even Torre was impressed with Cabrera.

"He seemed to be everywhere we hit the ball," Torre said. "He's not shy about swinging the bat, either."

The Dodgers had runners on second and third with one out in the eighth when manager Bud Black turned to NL saves leader Heath Bell. Andre Ethier had an RBI groundout before Bell got Casey Blake to fly out to end the inning.

Bell allowed one run in the ninth, on a walk and a single, before striking out the side to get his first five-out save and his 23rd in 24 chances.

The Dodgers had gone ahead 2-1 when Blake scored on Greg Burke's wild pitch in the seventh. It was Burke's first pitch after relieving starter Josh Geer. Burke (1-0) got two outs in the seventh for the win.

Loser Ronald Belisario (1-3) allowed three runs and three hits while getting only one out in the seventh. He walked one batter and hit another.

The Padres tied it in the third when Geer led off with a double for his first career extra-base hit, advanced on Cabrera's sacrifice bunt and scored on David Eckstein's single to right-center.

Dodgers starter Randy Wolf held San Diego to one run and four hits in six innings while striking out eight and walking none. Geer went 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs and seven hits. He struck out one and also didn't issue any walks.

Notes

  • Padres C Henry Blanco is headed to the disabled list after leaving the game with a strained right hamstring. Blanco pulled up rounding first base after hitting a broken-bat single with two outs in the second inning. He was replaced by pinch-runner Eliezer Alfonzo, who stayed in as catcher.
 
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Manny Ramirez watches his 534th career HR sail out, tying him with Jimmie Foxx for 16th all-time.  (AP)
Manny Ramirez watches his 534th career HR sail out, tying him with Jimmie Foxx for 16th all-time. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

M. Ramirez
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
San Diego

E. Cabrera
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4110111 .250
Russell Martin, C4020000 .254
Manny Ramirez, LF3111002 .337
    Juan Pierre, LF0000000 .321
Andre Ethier, RF4001000 .253
Casey Blake, 3B4120001 .287
James Loney, 1B3110101 .279
Matt Kemp, CF3011110 .303
Juan Castro, 2B4010023 .328
Randy Wolf, P2000001 .094
   a- Mark Loretta, PH1000002 .245
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
    Ramon Troncoso, P0000000 .000
    Brent Leach, P0000000 .000
   b- Orlando Hudson, PH1000011 .288
Totals3349335  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Wolf in the 7th
b-struck out for Leach in the 9th
Batting
HR - Manny Ramirez (7, Geer)
SH - Juan Pierre (5)
RBI - Manny Ramirez (21), Andre Ethier (53), Matt Kemp (44)
2-OUT RBI - Manny Ramirez (6)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Casey Blake (6, Throwing), Juan Castro (1, Misplayed grounder), Randy Wolf (1, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Randy Wolf 6411080 3.49
Ronald Belisario (BS,5; L,1-3) 0.1333100 2.44
Ramon Troncoso 1.1330020 1.87
Brent Leach 0.1000000 3.12
HBP - Kouzmanoff (by Randy Wolf), Blanks (by Ronald Belisario)
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 100-62, Ronald Belisario 22-10, Ramon Troncoso 26-18, Brent Leach 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 4-7, Ronald Belisario 1-0, Ramon Troncoso 3-0, Brent Leach 1-0
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 24, Ronald Belisario 6, Ramon Troncoso 8, Brent Leach 1
San Diego Padres
Everth Cabrera, SS4223000 .306
David Eckstein, 2B5022012 .272
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5021011 .267
Scott Hairston, CF-LF4000025 .307
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B3000012 .230
Chase Headley, LF3000033 .228
    Greg Burke, P0000000 .000
    Will Venable, RF1000010 .135
Henry Blanco, C1010000 .218
    Eliezer Alfonzo, PR-C2210100 .265
Tony Gwynn Jr., RF-CF4210011 .299
Josh Geer, P2110000 .190
    Kyle Blanks, LF0000000 .194
    Edward Mujica, P00000001.000
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Totals347106110  
Batting
2B - Josh Geer (1, Wolf)
SH - Everth Cabrera (2), Heath Bell (1)
RBI - Everth Cabrera 3 (8), David Eckstein 2 (33), Adrian Gonzalez (51)
2-OUT RBI - Everth Cabrera (1), David Eckstein (18)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Geer-Cabrera-Gonzalez, Alfonzo-Cabrera-Eckstein
San Diego Padres
Josh Geer 6.1722011 5.46
Greg Burke (W,1-0) 0.2000110 3.57
Edward Mujica (H,11) 0.1111100 2.95
Heath Bell (S,23) 1.2111130 1.53
IBB - Kemp by Greg Burke
WP - Greg Burke (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Geer 89-58, Greg Burke 11-5, Edward Mujica 10-4, Heath Bell 30-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Geer 10-6, Greg Burke 1-0, Edward Mujica 1-0, Heath Bell 1-1
Batters Faced - Josh Geer 24, Greg Burke 3, Edward Mujica 3, Heath Bell 7
Game Information
Attendance - 42069
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Charlie Reliford