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Marlins hold off Dodgers, win third straight series in L.A.

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LOS ANGELES -- One reason the Florida Marlins are still in contention is that NL batting leader Hanley Ramirez is doing a much better job this season of hitting in clutch situations.

Ramirez drove in three runs with a pair of two-out hits, leading Florida to an 8-6 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday and helping the Marlins win their third straight series at Chavez Ravine.

Ramirez was 2 for 4, raising his career average at Dodger Stadium to .344. He's hitting .348 overall this season and .427 with runners in scoring position -- second in the majors. Last season, the two-time All-Star shortstop had a .239 average in that department.

"He led off his first three years in the major leagues and won a Silver Slugger. Now we've put him in the three hole and he's driving in runs," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "This guy can do anything on the baseball field. If you ask him to play center field tomorrow, he may win a Gold Glove. He's that talented."

Chris Volstad (8-9) allowed four runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. The 22-year-old right-hander was helped by three double plays, one of them in the first when Orlando Hudson took off from first base on Andre Ethier's long drive to center fielder Cody Ross and couldn't get back in time after having to retouch second.

The Marlins were leading 8-0 when Dodgers reliever Jeff Weaver hit Ramirez with two out and the bases empty in the sixth, resulting in an emphatic warning to both benches by plate umpire and crew chief Bob Davidson.

"There's nothing I can say about it. Everybody knows I got hit on purpose -- even their team," Ramirez said. "But it's not going to change anything with me. I'm still going to play my game."

Volstad, perhaps feeling that the inside part of the plate had been taken away from him by Davidson, surrendered hits to four of his next five batters as the Dodgers cut the eight-run deficit in half. James Loney hit a two-run double and Russell Martin added a two-run homer on Volstad's 88th and final pitch.

"I don't think the warning affected him at all. I mean, hit batters happen -- and if it happens, it happens. That's kind of the way we approach it," catcher John Baker said. "We don't try to change our game plan because of outside factors. He's still got to pitch his game. He was just a little bit more up in the zone that inning."

Burke Badenhop, who relieved Volstad, plunked Hudson on the rear end with one out in the seventh and was immediately ejected along with Gonzalez.

"There are guys we have to pitch in, and Orlando Hudson's an example of that," Baker said. "He's killed us on balls out over the plate, so we have to pitch him in. And if somebody gets hit, then somebody gets hit."

When Badenhop got back to the dugout, he received high-fives from just about everyone.

"I'm sure they didn't like to see Hanley getting hit, but it is what it is," said the right-hander, who did not hit a batter in his previous 52 innings this season. "Did you pay any attention to the eight runs we scored? I'm sure the guys were pretty happy then, too. Call it what you want. I hadn't been out there for a week and I just yanked a fastball."

Jason Schmidt (1-1) gave up five runs and five hits in three-plus innings, departing after Dan Uggla led off the fourth with a homer on the 36-year-old right-hander's 51st pitch. The three-time All-Star, in his second start since undergoing two shoulder surgeries that sidelined him for the entire 2008 season, lost to the Marlins for the first time in nine career decisions.

Schmidt has allowed eight runs and 10 hits over 10 1/3 innings in his two starts. Will there be a third after this showing?

"I don't know. That's up to them. We'll see what happens," he said. "I'm kind of playing every game like it's my last start. That's the nature of the beast right now. You just kind of brush this one off to the side and hopefully get some stuff back for the next start."

Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez did not start for the third time in 19 games since returning from his 50-game drug suspension on July 3.

Notes

  • Baker threw out Juan Pierre trying to steal in the third, only the 13th runner he's cut down in 65 attempts this season.
  • The Marlins have won eight of their last 11 games at Dodger Stadium.
 
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Hanley Ramirez provides a pair of hits and three RBI before getting plunked by a pitch in the sixth.  (AP)
Hanley Ramirez provides a pair of hits and three RBI before getting plunked by a pitch in the sixth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

H. Ramirez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Los Angeles

J. Loney
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF5121001 .251
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B4100023 .251
Hanley Ramirez, SS4123012 .348
Jorge Cantu, 1B5121002 .290
Jeremy Hermida, RF5010001 .248
Dan Uggla, 2B5121000 .229
Cody Ross, CF4110111 .267
John Baker, C1211200 .269
Chris Volstad, P1000012 .086
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
    Luis Ayala, P0000000 .000
   a- Ross Gload, PH1000001 .271
    Brendan Donnelly, P0000000 .000
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
Totals35811735  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Ayala in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chris Coghlan (11, Weaver), Hanley Ramirez (28, Schmidt), Jorge Cantu 2 (26, Schmidt, Schmidt), Dan Uggla (14, Troncoso), Cody Ross (27, Weaver), John Baker (15, Weaver)
HR - Dan Uggla (17, Schmidt)
SH - Chris Volstad 2 (6)
RBI - Chris Coghlan (20), Hanley Ramirez 3 (65), Jorge Cantu (57), Dan Uggla (52), John Baker (29)
2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez 3 (31), Jorge Cantu (25)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Cody Ross 1
DP - Ross-H. Ramirez-Cantu, Uggla-H. Ramirez-Cantu, H. Ramirez-Uggla-Cantu
Florida Marlins
Chris Volstad (W,8-9) 5.1844421 4.44
Burke Badenhop 1100010 3.46
Renyel Pinto 0.1100010 3.12
Luis Ayala (H,3) 0.1000000 3.79
Brendan Donnelly 1000000 0.00
Leo Nunez 1322020 3.89
IBB - Loretta by Chris Volstad
HBP - Hudson (by Burke Badenhop)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Volstad 88-45, Burke Badenhop 19-10, Renyel Pinto 7-5, Luis Ayala 6-5, Brendan Donnelly 10-5, Leo Nunez 22-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Volstad 8-2, Burke Badenhop 1-1, Luis Ayala 1-0, Brendan Donnelly 1-2
Batters Faced - Chris Volstad 24, Burke Badenhop 5, Renyel Pinto 2, Luis Ayala 1, Brendan Donnelly 3, Leo Nunez 6
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4110111 .258
Orlando Hudson, 2B4120012 .294
Andre Ethier, RF4221112 .272
James Loney, 1B5133001 .285
Matt Kemp, CF5020004 .314
Russell Martin, C4112022 .259
Mark Loretta, 3B2000200 .233
Jason Schmidt, P1000002 .000
    Jeff Weaver, P0000000 .333
   a- Blake DeWitt, PH1010000 .156
    Claudio Vargas, P0000000 .000
   b- Casey Blake, PH1000000 .274
    Ramon Troncoso, P0000000 .000
Juan Pierre, LF4010012 .313
Totals35613646  
a-doubled for Weaver in the 6th
b-grounded out for Vargas in the 8th
Batting
2B - Orlando Hudson (26, Volstad), James Loney (18, Volstad), Blake DeWitt (1, Badenhop)
3B - Rafael Furcal (3, Nunez)
HR - Russell Martin (3, Volstad)
SH - Jeff Weaver (1)
RBI - Andre Ethier (62), James Loney 3 (62), Russell Martin 2 (31)
2-OUT RBI - Andre Ethier (22), James Loney (20)
SB - Matt Kemp (21, 2nd base off Volstad/Baker)
CS - Juan Pierre (9, 2nd base by Volstad/Baker)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Loretta-Hudson-Loney
E - Rafael Furcal (13, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Jason Schmidt (L,1-1) 3554111 7.88
Jeff Weaver 3433220 3.86
Claudio Vargas 2100020 1.00
Ramon Troncoso 1100000 1.92
IBB - Baker by Jeff Weaver
HBP - Bonifacio (by Jason Schmidt), H. Ramirez (by Jeff Weaver), Baker (by Claudio Vargas)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Schmidt 51-31, Jeff Weaver 56-36, Claudio Vargas 34-22, Ramon Troncoso 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Schmidt 5-2, Jeff Weaver 5-2, Claudio Vargas 2-2, Ramon Troncoso 2-1
Batters Faced - Jason Schmidt 15, Jeff Weaver 16, Claudio Vargas 8, Ramon Troncoso 4
Game Information
Attendance - 48597
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Mark Carlson