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LOS ANGELES -- Seven games into the season, the Dodgers' offense is plenty potent. Their pitching? It's a work in progress.
Manny Ramirez homered for the first time this season, the first of four longballs by the Dodgers, and Los Angeles beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-5 Tuesday to win its home opener for the third consecutive year.
"This is a big lift for us," manager Joe Torre said after the two-time defending NL West champions went 2-4 in a season-opening trip to Pittsburgh and Florida.
Casey Blake hit a two-run drive, Matt Kemp had a solo shot and Andre Ethier added a three-run homer for the Dodgers, who beat San Francisco 11-1 in their 2009 home opener. Blake went 1 for 2 with a walk and is batting .389, carrying over his strong spring into the regular season.
"We want every win," Blake said. "To do it on opening day is a little more special."
Ramirez, Kemp and Ethier homered in the same game for the second time since Ramirez joined the Dodgers in 2008.
"There's a lot to prove and a lot to go out there and do," Ethier said.
Clayton Kershaw (1-0) allowed two runs and three hits in 5 1/3 innings. The 22-year-old left-hander struck out seven and walked five in his second start after a no-decision in the Dodgers' 4-3, 10-inning loss at Pittsburgh last week.
"Sometimes I just get out of sync and that leads to control issues," he said.
Catcher Russell Martin said no one is harder on Kershaw than he is on himself.
"He lost a little bit of command at the end, got in a funk," he said. "It happens."
Ian Kennedy (0-1) gave up six runs and six hits over 4 1/3 innings in his first game against the Dodgers.
"I've got to go after guys and get ahead of them. I felt like I was pitching behind the whole time," he said. "It was obviously disappointing for me, and I'm really frustrated with it. I'm just going to work hard for my next start. Right now, I don't have anything positive to take away from this one."
Ramirez's leadoff homer in the fourth -- No. 547 of his career and his 2,501st hit -- gave Los Angeles a 2-1 lead. He hit a 2-2 pitch from Kennedy halfway up the pavilion in left-center, eliciting chants of "Manny! Manny!" from the sellout crowd of 56,000. Ramirez, who has been unusually quiet around the media since spring training, responded with a brief curtain call from the top of the dugout steps.
"I hung a cutter right down the middle for him, and he did what he should do with it," Kennedy said.
James Loney doubled before Blake went deep, reaching the first row of the left-field pavilion to make it 4-1.
In the fifth, Kemp sent a 3-2 pitch over the wall in right for his third homer of the season, bringing his girlfriend Rihanna to her feet for a celebration dance behind the dugout.
"It was her first game," Kemp said. "She wanted to check me out."
Ethier connected on an 0-2 pitch from Esmerling Vasquez in the sixth, making it 9-2. He was back in the lineup after missing four consecutive starts because of a swollen left ankle.
The Dodgers led 1-0 on Martin's bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the first.
Ramon Ortiz retired the first two Arizona batters in the seventh, then gave up three runs in his second major league appearance since Oct. 1, 2007. He allowed a two-run homer to Mark Reynolds on the first pitch and an RBI single to Johnson that left the D'backs trailing 9-5.
Chris Young and Chris Snyder also had RBI singles for Arizona.
|It takes Manny Ramirez seven games to take the ball out of the park for the first time. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|Conor Jackson, LF||4||0||1||0||1||0||3||.208|
|Stephen Drew, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.231|
|Justin Upton, RF||5||0||0||0||0||3||5||.231|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||4||2||1||0||1||1||4||.231|
|Mark Reynolds, 3B||4||2||1||2||1||3||1||.167|
|Chris Young, CF||4||1||2||1||1||1||0||.321|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||1||3||.348|
|Chris Snyder, C||2||0||1||1||2||1||0||.333|
|Ian Kennedy, P||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Jordan Norberto, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Tony Abreu, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.429|
|Esmerling Vasquez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Gerardo Parra, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.333|
|Leo Rosales, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Blaine Boyer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Norberto in the 6th|
|b-flied out for Vasquez in the 7th|
|2B - Adam LaRoche (2, Kershaw), Chris Young (2, Ortiz)|
|HR - Mark Reynolds (3, Ortiz)|
|RBI - Mark Reynolds 2 (6), Chris Young (12), Kelly Johnson (5), Chris Snyder (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mark Reynolds 2 (4), Chris Young (6), Kelly Johnson (1)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Ian Kennedy (L,0-1)||4.1||6||6||6||3||2||3||8.68|
|HBP - Blake (by Ian Kennedy)|
|WP - Ian Kennedy (1), Blaine Boyer (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 100-56, Jordan Norberto 16-8, Esmerling Vasquez 27-17, Leo Rosales 17-9, Blaine Boyer 20-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 4-6, Esmerling Vasquez 2-1, Leo Rosales 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 22, Jordan Norberto 4, Esmerling Vasquez 6, Leo Rosales 4, Blaine Boyer 4|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Rafael Furcal, SS||5||0||1||0||0||0||0||.290|
|Matt Kemp, CF||5||2||2||1||0||1||1||.333|
|Andre Ethier, RF||5||2||2||3||0||0||1||.333|
|Manny Ramirez, LF||4||1||1||1||1||1||1||.304|
|Reed Johnson, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.385|
|James Loney, 1B||4||2||2||0||0||0||2||.242|
|Casey Blake, 3B||2||1||1||2||1||0||0||.389|
|Blake DeWitt, 2B||0||0||0||1||3||0||0||.267|
|Ramon Ortiz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ramon Troncoso, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jonathan Broxton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Russell Martin, C||2||0||0||1||1||1||3||.308|
|Clayton Kershaw, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|Jeff Weaver, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jamey Carroll, PH-2B||1||1||1||0||1||0||1||.375|
|a-walked for Weaver in the 6th|
|2B - Matt Kemp (4, Boyer), James Loney 2 (3, Kennedy, Kennedy)|
|HR - Matt Kemp (2, Kennedy), Andre Ethier (1, Vasquez), Manny Ramirez (1, Kennedy), Casey Blake (1, Kennedy)|
|SF - Russell Martin (1)|
|RBI - Matt Kemp (8), Andre Ethier 3 (6), Manny Ramirez (5), Casey Blake 2 (4), Blake DeWitt (2), Russell Martin (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Blake DeWitt (1)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Blake-Carroll-Loney|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Clayton Kershaw (W,1-0)||5.1||3||2||2||5||7||0||4.50|
|HBP - Drew (by Clayton Kershaw)|
|WP - Clayton Kershaw (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 110-59, Jeff Weaver 16-9, Ramon Ortiz 29-17, Ramon Troncoso 15-8, Jonathan Broxton 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 4-5, Ramon Ortiz 1-0, Ramon Troncoso 1-2, Jonathan Broxton 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 25, Jeff Weaver 3, Ramon Ortiz 6, Ramon Troncoso 5, Jonathan Broxton 3|
|Attendance - 56000|
|Game Time - 3:42|
|Temperature - 65|
|Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Brian Knight|