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Los Angeles at Cincinnati

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L.A. Dodgers (77-53) «22001060011131
Cincinnati (56-72)0040000004112

Manny leads Dodgers' power attack, ends Reds' surge

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CINCINNATI -- With one swing, Manny Ramirez ended his drought and started a rout.

Ramirez hit the first of Los Angeles' four homers, and the Dodgers blew a four-run lead Saturday before powering their way to an 11-4 victory that ended the Cincinnati Reds' longest winning streak of the season at five games.

Ramirez connected on a two-run shot in the first inning off left-hander Matt Maloney (0-3), his first homer since Aug. 11. His opposite-field shot landed in the Los Angeles bullpen and gave the Dodgers an emotional lift -- he was back in the swing of things.

"We get a lift when he comes to the ballpark every day," said Matt Kemp, who added a three-run homer. "His attitude is great. You can never tell if he's struggling or hitting good."

On this day, most of the Dodgers were good. Rafael Furcal hit a tiebreaking solo shot in the fifth and Orlando Hudson also homered as Los Angeles pulled away. Juan Pierre added three hits, helping the Dodgers pile up 13 overall.

"They didn't hit many balls hard," said Maloney, who gave up the first two homers. "Manny got just enough of it to get it out."

Jeff Weaver (6-4) bailed out starter Charlie Haeger, who had a tough time getting his knuckleball to work. Haeger squandered a 4-0 lead in less than three innings.

"It wasn't working very well today, that's all," Haeger said. "It's going to happen. You live and die by it."

The NL West leaders improved to 21-4 against Cincinnati since 2006, their best mark against any NL team. Two slumping hitters got them through an early rough spot.

Ramirez took a called third strike with the bases loaded to end the Reds' 4-2 win on Friday night, the third time he failed with runners in scoring position during the game. The outfielder has been in a deep slump -- his homer in the first inning Saturday was only his second extra-base hit in the last 14 games.

Furcal came in batting .198 over his last 19 games, but had a sacrifice fly, a solo homer and a single.

Falling behind fast is the Reds' way. They've given up 109 runs in the first inning, the most in the majors. This time, they did something very much out of character: They caught up.

Their biggest comebacks of the season involved four-run deficits. Down 4-0, Craig Tatum broke an 0-for-22 slump by leading off the third inning with a homer, the first of his career. Paul Janish added a two-run homer later in the inning off Haeger.

Dodgers manager Joe Torre liked what he saw of Haeger in his two previous starts, when he gave up a total of three runs in 14 innings. The 25-year-old pitcher wasn't afraid to throw the knuckleball at any point in the count, showing full faith in his unpredictable pitch.

Torre also knew the steep downside to a knuckleball pitcher: If that one pitch doesn't do much, there's not much else to do but get him out of the game. And that's what he did after the 66th pitch.

"When you stop getting swings and misses, you know something's up," Torre said. "It's: 'Uh-oh."'

The Dodger bullpen had two big escapes. The Reds failed to score in the fifth off Weaver despite loading the bases with none out. The right-hander got a forceout at home, a popup and a strikeout by Tatum.

"Sometimes you use their aggressiveness against them," Weaver said. "That's what I did."

Weaver was replaced by Ramon Troncoso with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth, and Hudson made a diving stop of Scott Rolen's grounder to second, ending that threat and keeping the Dodgers ahead.

"It really hurt to leave the bases loaded with nobody out, especially after we'd just scored four runs," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Then Hudson made that great play on Rolen. If that gets through and we take the lead, who knows what might have happened? That's what happens when you play great defense. It can save teams."

Notes

  • Dodgers RHP Hiroki Kuroda threw 35 pitches in a simulated game without any problems. Kuroda was hit on the right side of the head by a line drive Aug. 15 and went on the disabled list with a concussion. He could begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment as early as next week.
  • Reds OF Laynce Nix was sidelined for a second day with a sore neck. He got treatment and is expected to miss a few more games.
 
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Manny Ramirez rounds the bases after hitting his first homer since Aug. 11.  (AP)
Manny Ramirez rounds the bases after hitting his first homer since Aug. 11. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

J. Pierre
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Cincinnati

B. Phillips
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4222000 .259
    Juan Castro, SS0000000 .301
Juan Pierre, CF-LF5232001 .324
Manny Ramirez, LF3212110 .306
    Ronald Belisario, P1000010 .000
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .333
Matt Kemp, RF-CF5123010 .315
James Loney, 1B2000310 .275
Mark Loretta, 3B5110014 .225
Orlando Hudson, 2B3221110 .292
Brad Ausmus, C4011002 .291
Charlie Haeger, P0000001 .000
    Jeff Weaver, P1000010 .231
    Ramon Troncoso, P0000000 .000
   a- Andre Ethier, PH-RF2110000 .286
Totals3511131157  
a-doubled for Troncoso in the 7th
Batting
2B - Andre Ethier (34, Fisher)
HR - Rafael Furcal (7, Maloney), Manny Ramirez (14, Maloney), Matt Kemp (20, Fisher), Orlando Hudson (9, Herrera)
SF - Rafael Furcal (2)
SH - Charlie Haeger (1)
RBI - Rafael Furcal 2 (38), Juan Pierre 2 (28), Manny Ramirez 2 (48), Matt Kemp 3 (83), Orlando Hudson (58), Brad Ausmus (9)
2-OUT RBI - Orlando Hudson (24)
CS - Matt Kemp (7, 3rd base by Maloney/Tatum)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Hudson-Loney
E - Orlando Hudson (6, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Charlie Haeger 2.1444232 3.86
Jeff Weaver (W,6-4) 3.1600140 3.52
Ramon Troncoso (H,12) 0.1000000 2.65
Ronald Belisario 2100010 2.18
Guillermo Mota 1000000 3.34
IBB - Votto by Jeff Weaver
HBP - Rolen (by Jeff Weaver)
WP - Jeff Weaver (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Charlie Haeger 66-40, Jeff Weaver 68-40, Ramon Troncoso 2-1, Ronald Belisario 21-15, Guillermo Mota 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Charlie Haeger 2-2, Jeff Weaver 4-2, Ramon Troncoso 1-0, Ronald Belisario 3-2, Guillermo Mota 2-1
Batters Faced - Charlie Haeger 13, Jeff Weaver 18, Ramon Troncoso 1, Ronald Belisario 7, Guillermo Mota 3
Cincinnati Reds
Drew Stubbs, CF4100121 .196
Paul Janish, SS5122012 .222
Joey Votto, 1B4120110 .316
Brandon Phillips, 2B4031010 .265
    Adam Rosales, 2B1000000 .203
Scott Rolen, 3B4010003 .312
Wladimir Balentien, LF4010105 .224
Jonny Gomes, RF4000007 .285
Craig Tatum, C4111024 .106
Matt Maloney, P2010000 .333
   a- Drew Sutton, PH1000010 .159
    Carlos Fisher, P0000000 .000
    Danny Herrera, P0000000 .000
   b- Micah Owings, PH-P1000001 .250
Totals38411438  
a-struck out for Maloney in the 6th
b-flied out for Herrera in the 7th
Batting
2B - Paul Janish (9, Weaver), Joey Votto (21, Haeger), Brandon Phillips (23, Weaver)
HR - Paul Janish (1, Haeger), Craig Tatum (1, Haeger)
RBI - Paul Janish 2 (10), Brandon Phillips (79), Craig Tatum (2)
SB - Drew Stubbs (2, 2nd base off Haeger/Ausmus)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Drew Stubbs 1
DP - Janish-B. Phillips-Votto
E - Carlos Fisher (1, Throwing), Craig Tatum (1, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
Matt Maloney (L,0-3) 6855252 6.46
Carlos Fisher0455101 3.94
Danny Herrera 1111101 2.70
Micah Owings 2000120 5.42
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Maloney 95-59, Carlos Fisher 18-9, Danny Herrera 14-7, Micah Owings 31-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Maloney 5-6, Danny Herrera 1-1, Micah Owings 1-3
Batters Faced - Matt Maloney 26, Carlos Fisher 5, Danny Herrera 4, Micah Owings 7
Game Information
Attendance - 25744
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - Chuck Meriwether