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L.A. Dodgers (42-35) «1000300004121
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Loney leads Dodgers past Giants; Manny hurts hamstring

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN FRANCISCO -- If injured slugger Manny Ramirez is sidelined for a prolonged period, the Los Angeles Dodgers have plenty of others who can produce.

James Loney hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the fifth inning to give Los Angeles a boost after Ramirez injured his right hamstring, and the Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Loney also had an RBI single in the first, the play on which Ramirez was hurt. Rafael Furcal tripled, singled twice and scored a run as the Dodgers gave John Ely (4-5) plenty of support.

Russell Martin and Matt Kemp, Ramirez's replacement, also had two hits apiece in the team's second successive victory against San Francisco by identical scores.

"We've struggled here for the last two or three weeks," manager Joe Torre said. "It's nice to win two."

Matt Cain (6-7) lost his third consecutive start and fell to 0-8 in 14 career starts against the Dodgers, who have won four of five against San Francisco this season.

Ramirez hurt his hamstring running the bases and left the game. The Dodgers were going to wait until they checked him out Wednesday morning before speculating about how much time he might miss. No MRI was scheduled yet, but Ramirez won't play Wednesday.

"I'm not thinking about the DL right now, I'm thinking about how he comes in tomorrow," athletic trainer Stan Conte said. "I'll know a whole lot more tomorrow in terms of how he recovers."

Ramirez rounded second on Loney's two-out single and held up slightly before dashing back to the bag as the Giants threw behind him. Ramirez extended his right foot and made contact with shortstop Edgar Renteria's glove. The ball came out and Ramirez was safe.

Ramirez was clearly hurt because he immediately made his way toward the dugout and was met by Conte and Torre.

Ramirez had singled to get aboard after getting three hits with an RBI double Monday in a 4-2 victory.

Kemp, out of the starting lineup for a third consecutive day because of his recent struggles, replaced Ramirez on the bases and then took over in center field, with Reed Johnson sliding over to Ramirez's spot in left.

Kemp singled in the seventh and ninth but is still batting only .208 (20 for 96) in 26 games in June.

"I'm just trying to get that feeling back," he said. "Hopefully this is a start."

Torre thinks it can only help.

"A couple hits is not going to hurt his confidence," Torre said.

Ely ended a six-start winless stretch in which he was 0-4. He pitched seven solid innings to earn his first victory since May 22 against Detroit -- taking some serious pressure off the Dodgers' taxed bullpen. He allowed five hits and one run, struck out five and walked three.

Justin Miller allowed a home run to Pat Burrell to start the ninth but recovered to get two outs. Ronald Belisario recorded the final out on one pitch for his first career save. Both closer Jonathan Broxton and reliever Hong-Chih Kuo were unavailable because of their workload in recent days.

Russell Martin returned to the Los Angeles lineup after a day off and had two hits, scored a run and stole two bases.

Cain followed his season-low 2 2/3 innings at Houston on Thursday by getting knocked out after five already with 105 pitches. He allowed four runs and seven hits, struck out six and walked three.

When asked about his record against the Dodgers, Cain didn't utter a single word. Silence.

"We have confidence, but in the back of his mind he knows he's never beaten us," Torre said. "The human element can grab you."

The Giants, who hit into five double plays Monday night, have lost four consecutive series. It doesn't get any easier before the All-Star break, either. After the series finale Wednesday afternoon, San Francisco -- in a stretch with 20 in a row before the break -- heads to Colorado for four games, Milwaukee for four and then three at Washington to wrap up the first half.

Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval made his second baserunning blunder in as many games. He rounded second on Burrell's single, then flopped to the ground while trying to get back to the bag but came up well short. That came after he was caught in a rundown between first and second Monday night on Renteria's shallow fly, so it wound up being a double play.

"It's a couple times," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's really a good baserunner, just a little overaggressive."

Notes

  • Giants OF-INF Mark DeRosa will undergo season-ending wrist surgery Thursday in Cleveland, performed by Dr. Thomas Graham. DeRosa has been out since May 9 with an inflamed nerve in the wrist.
  • Injured Giants RHP Todd Wellemeyer, on the disabled list since June 11 with a strained right quadriceps, will travel to Arizona on Wednesday for a week of rehab work. He has thrown two bullpen sessions but will begin fielding drills and increase from jogging to running.
  • Kemp and Torre met before the game to discuss the center fielder's benching. Torre said Kemp would start Wednesday, when RF Andre Ethier was set to rest.
 
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Manny Ramirez's evening ends quickly after tweaking his hamstring in the first inning.  (US Presswire)
Manny Ramirez's evening ends quickly after tweaking his hamstring in the first inning. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

J. Loney
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
San Francisco

P. Burrell
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5130010 .321
Russell Martin, C5120011 .244
Andre Ethier, RF4110113 .312
Manny Ramirez, LF1010000 .322
    Matt Kemp, PR-CF4020013 .261
James Loney, 1B5123003 .296
Casey Blake, 3B3011201 .272
Blake DeWitt, 2B2000104 .263
   a- Ronnie Belliard, PH-2B1000013 .250
    Ramon Troncoso, P0000000 .000
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
Reed Johnson, CF-LF4000034 .293
John Ely, P3000021 .095
   b- Jamey Carroll, PH-2B1000010 .287
Totals384124411  
a-struck out for DeWitt in the 7th
b-struck out for Ely in the 8th
Batting
3B - Rafael Furcal (5, Mota)
RBI - James Loney 3 (54), Casey Blake (33)
2-OUT RBI - James Loney 3 (24), Casey Blake (19)
SB - Russell Martin 2 (6, 2nd base off Cain/Molina, 2nd base off Cain/Molina)
CS - Rafael Furcal (3, 2nd base by Romo/Whiteside)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Andre Ethier 1
DP - DeWitt-Furcal-Loney, Furcal-Belliard-Loney
E - James Loney (2, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
John Ely (W,4-5) 7511350 3.62
Ramon Troncoso (H,7) 0.2100000 5.61
George Sherrill (H,2) 0.1000010 6.63
Justin Miller (H,1) 0.2211001 4.20
Ronald Belisario (S,1) 0.1000000 4.13
Pitches-Strikes - John Ely 112-67, Ramon Troncoso 16-9, George Sherrill 4-3, Justin Miller 22-14, Ronald Belisario 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Ely 8-6, Justin Miller 1-1
Batters Faced - John Ely 27, Ramon Troncoso 3, George Sherrill 1, Justin Miller 4, Ronald Belisario 1
San Francisco Giants
Andres Torres, CF4110020 .272
Freddy Sanchez, 2B3010100 .299
Pablo Sandoval, 1B4010002 .274
Aubrey Huff, RF3001012 .293
Pat Burrell, LF3121111 .262
Juan Uribe, 3B4010013 .270
Bengie Molina, C2010100 .257
    Eli Whiteside, PR-C0000000 .269
   a- Travis Ishikawa, PH1000000 .314
Edgar Renteria, SS4010013 .331
Matt Cain, P1000000 .107
   b- Nate Schierholtz, PH1000000 .269
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
    Dan Runzler, P0000000 .000
   c- Aaron Rowand, PH1000000 .229
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   d- Buster Posey, PH1000001 .290
Totals3228236  
a-flied out for Whiteside in the 9th
b-flied out for Cain in the 5th
c-grounded out for Runzler in the 7th
d-lined out for Affeldt in the 9th
Batting
2B - Andres Torres (22, Ely)
HR - Pat Burrell (7, Miller)
SF - Aubrey Huff (5)
RBI - Aubrey Huff (42), Pat Burrell (24)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Aubrey Huff 1
PB - Bengie Molina (3)
E - Edgar Renteria (3, Missed catch of throw(Ramirez left the game with an injury))
San Francisco Giants
Matt Cain (L,6-7) 5744360 2.93
Guillermo Mota 1100010 2.67
Dan Runzler 1200120 3.25
Sergio Romo 1100020 2.64
Jeremy Affeldt 1100000 4.61
IBB - Blake by Dan Runzler
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 105-69, Guillermo Mota 20-14, Dan Runzler 23-14, Sergio Romo 10-7, Jeremy Affeldt 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 2-7, Guillermo Mota 2-0, Dan Runzler 1-0, Jeremy Affeldt 3-0
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 25, Guillermo Mota 4, Dan Runzler 6, Sergio Romo 3, Jeremy Affeldt 4
Game Information
Attendance - 35289
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Lance Barksdale