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MILWAUKEE -- Manny Ramirez finished tying his sneakers, pulled over a dark turquoise shirt and slipped on a pair of white sunglasses.
He left the Dodgers' clubhouse with a fashionable flair and grinned at teammates, but if he was happy about his performance he didn't say a word.
Ramirez doubled twice and drove in his first run since reports he's been put on waivers, rallying the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night. He declined comment afterward.
"Manny had a real good night," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said.
If Ramirez was auditioning for a new club such as the Chicago White Sox, who are rumored to have interest, it certainly was a success. The 38-year-old Ramirez also walked twice, scored a run and was thrown out at the plate in a bizarre play in the third inning.
"Any time Manny's in the lineup, you know the other team's thinking about that's one of the guys they don't want to beat them," James Loney said. "He definitely [is] a force in the lineup."
Andre Ethier hit a solo homer and Loney drove in two runs for the Dodgers, who are clinging to postseason hopes.
"Stranger things have happened," catcher Rod Barajas said. "I was with the Phillies in '07 when we were down seven with  games to play."
Hiroki Kuroda (9-11) went seven solid innings, allowing three runs in the fourth and another in the sixth. Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder and Casey McGehee each had an RBI for Milwaukee.
Jonathan Broxton worked the eighth and the Dodgers used three relievers in the ninth.
Ronald Belisario forced Braun to ground out and George Sherrill did the same against Fielder. Octavio Dotel earned his 22nd save, and first with the Dodgers since being acquired at the nonwaiver trade deadline, by getting McGehee to fly out.
In the fifth, Ryan Theriot cut Milwaukee's lead to 3-2 against Randy Wolf (10-10) when he ducked behind a tag and slipped his left hand around catcher George Kottaras on Matt Kemp's sacrifice fly with Ramirez on first.
"Theriot's been a thorn in our side," Brewers manager Ken Macha said.
Casey Blake followed with a double and he and Ramirez scored on Loney's single to take a 4-3 lead. Ramirez added his RBI double in the sixth to make it 5-3.
Ramirez hasn't spoken at length to reporters since spring training and declined to talk before the game. Clubs looking to add Ramirez through a waiver claim or trade would need him on their roster by Aug. 31 to make him available for the postseason.
Ramirez was involved in a head-scratching play in the third when he was thrown out at home as third base coach Larry Bowa followed him down the line.
After doubling to snap an 0 for 7 streak since returning from the disabled list on Saturday, Ramirez tried to score from second on Blake's two-out single. Bowa never appeared to give a clear signal to stop or head home.
"He was trying to help him home," Torre said. "He wasn't held up."
Braun's throw from left field reached Kottaras in plenty of time and Ramirez only made a halfhearted slide, never reaching the plate with a limping Bowa trailing a few steps behind.
"[Bowa] beat him down the line, unfortunately," Torre joked of his 64-year-old third-base coach.
It certainly was well watched in the Dodgers clubhouse, with Clayton Kershaw, Brad Ausmus and Matt Kemp all laughing at highlights of the play.
The next time Bowa was faced with sending Ramirez in the fifth, he held up the stop sign as Ramirez rounded second. Loney then followed with his go-ahead hit.
"I thought we had a lot of spirit, played well and hopefully we can build on this," Torre said. "My goal for this team right now is to get ourselves five or six in a row under our belts so that we know when we go to the ballpark, we expect to win. We really haven't been able to string it together."
Ramirez is expected to sit out of Thursday's game. ... Brewers LHP Chris Capuano (2-2, 3.72 ERA) will start Saturday instead of LHP Manny Parra (3-10, 5.65), who has been demoted to the bullpen. ... Kuroda has the most at-bats this season without a hit at 43. The next-worst pitcher in the majors is St. Louis' Blake Hawksworth, who is hitless in 16 at-bats this year.
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Ryan Theriot, 2B||5||2||2||0||0||0||1||.285|
|Andre Ethier, RF||5||1||1||1||0||1||3||.298|
|Manny Ramirez, LF||2||1||2||1||2||0||0||.313|
|Jonathan Broxton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jay Gibbons, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.381|
|Ronald Belisario, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|George Sherrill, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Octavio Dotel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Kemp, CF||4||0||0||1||0||2||4||.253|
|Casey Blake, 3B||5||1||2||0||0||0||2||.251|
|James Loney, 1B||5||0||2||2||0||0||1||.279|
|Jamey Carroll, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.288|
|Rod Barajas, C||2||0||0||0||1||0||2||.231|
|Hiroki Kuroda, P||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.000|
|b- Scott Podsednik, PH-LF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.304|
|a-walked for Broxton in the 9th|
|b-singled for Kuroda in the 8th|
|2B - Ryan Theriot 2 (14, Wolf, McClendon), Manny Ramirez 2 (15, Wolf, McClendon), Casey Blake (22, Wolf), James Loney (34, Wolf)|
|HR - Andre Ethier (20, Wolf)|
|SF - Matt Kemp (9)|
|RBI - Andre Ethier (70), Manny Ramirez (40), Matt Kemp (72), James Loney 2 (74)|
|2-OUT RBI - Manny Ramirez (14), James Loney 2 (32)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Blake-Theriot-Loney|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Hiroki Kuroda (W,9-11)||7||7||4||4||0||6||0||3.56|
|Jonathan Broxton (H,2)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.46|
|Ronald Belisario (H,14)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||5.23|
|George Sherrill (H,5)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||6.37|
|Octavio Dotel (S,22)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.04|
|Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 103-67, Jonathan Broxton 13-9, Ronald Belisario 2-2, George Sherrill 6-3, Octavio Dotel 2-1|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 7-6, Jonathan Broxton 1-1, Ronald Belisario 1-0, George Sherrill 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 26, Jonathan Broxton 3, Ronald Belisario 1, George Sherrill 1, Octavio Dotel 1|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||4||2||2||0||0||0||0||.275|
|Corey Hart, RF||4||1||1||1||0||3||0||.287|
|Ryan Braun, LF||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||.296|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.270|
|Casey McGehee, 3B||3||0||0||1||0||0||1||.289|
|Lorenzo Cain, CF||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.315|
|Alcides Escobar, SS||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.251|
|George Kottaras, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.195|
|Randy Wolf, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.228|
|a- Joe Inglett, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.272|
|Michael McClendon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kameron Loe, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Chris Dickerson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.235|
|Trevor Hoffman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-lined out for Wolf in the 5th|
|b-grounded out for Loe in the 8th|
|2B - Corey Hart (26, Kuroda), Ryan Braun (33, Kuroda)|
|SF - Casey McGehee (8)|
|RBI - Corey Hart (79), Ryan Braun (75), Prince Fielder (64), Casey McGehee (84)|
|2-OUT RBI - Prince Fielder (22)|
|SB - Rickie Weeks (8, 2nd base off Kuroda/Barajas)|
|PK - Lorenzo Cain (1, Kuroda)|
|Team LOB - 1|
|Outfield Assists - Ryan Braun 1|
|E - Casey McGehee (14, Misplayed grounder)|
|Randy Wolf (L,10-10)||5||7||4||4||3||4||1||4.74|
|IBB - Barajas by Randy Wolf|
|HBP - Barajas (by Randy Wolf)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 107-65, Michael McClendon 25-17, Kameron Loe 13-7, Trevor Hoffman 17-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 7-4, Michael McClendon 3-2, Kameron Loe 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 26, Michael McClendon 8, Kameron Loe 4, Trevor Hoffman 4|
|Attendance - 30545|
|Game Time - 2:58|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Mike Everitt|