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LOS ANGELES -- The month of May can't end soon enough for the battered Milwaukee Brewers.
Ramirez bounced back to tie the game with a homer and single home the go-ahead run in the sixth inning of Milwaukee's 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.
The Brewers put Lucroy on the 15-day DL with a broken right hand after the game. The catcher had a major league-leading .514 batting average with runners in scoring position.
He said he hurt his hand while reaching under the bed in his hotel room on Sunday night for a lost sock as his wife moved a suitcase that fell on Lucroy's hand. He took some swings at Dodger Stadium before the game to test his hand and it became clear he couldn't play. X-rays revealed the break.
"It hurts our team a lot," manager Ron Roenicke said. "He feels really bad. Lucroy was certainly very important to what we are doing."
Shaun Marcum (3-3) allowed one run and six hits in seven innings, struck out nine and walked two to end a two-game skid.
"I've never seen anything like this with all the injuries," Marcum said, reacting to the latest blow of losing Lucroy. "It's definitely a big loss. His leadership skills have been huge for us."
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John Axford pitched the ninth and earned his eighth save in nine chances. He put the potential tying run on first by walking pinch-hitter Ivan De Jesus Jr., who went to second on a wild pitch before Elian Herrera struck out to end the game.
Ramirez homered leading off the fourth in his return to the lineup after missing two games with a bruised left elbow.
"That was nice to come through," he said. "A lot of guys are going down. Everybody has to contribute now. Of course we're going to miss Lucroy."
The Brewers took a 3-1 lead in the sixth with two unearned runs following a blown call by first base umpire Todd Tichenor. Aaron Harang was charged with an error when Tichenor ruled that his throw to first on a dribbler by Norichika Aoki pulled James Loney off the bag. TV replays clearly showed that Loney had one foot on the bag when he stretched into foul territory for the throw.
"I know I kept my foot on the bag. I was a hundred percent sure," Loney said. "That's the frustrating part of it. Maybe the plate umpire had a better view, and that's what we wanted to check on."
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly went out to urge Tichenor to appeal with home plate umpire Brian Gorman.
"It's a play where the guy [Loney] goes across the line, and it makes it look bad," Mattingly said. "But he was on the bag and you know it. I asked him to get help, but he wouldn't do that. He told me he was a hundred percent sure."
Ryan Braun walked before Ramirez singled in Aoki, giving the Brewers a 2-1 lead and chasing Harang. George Kottaras bunted into a force, putting runners at the corners, and Rickie Weeks followed with a sacrifice fly against Javy Guerra.
Harang (3-3) gave up three runs -- one earned -- and four hits in five-plus innings, while striking out four and walking three.
"There were at-bats where I was just missing. I was just getting too deep into counts," he said. "They were fouling off some good pitches, and that will run your pitch count real fast. Braun's first at-bat he fouled some good pitches off, and he laid off some others that were down and out of the zone. I was trying to get him to swing at something off the plate."
The Dodgers' run came on Andre Ethier's RBI double with two outs in the first. They had the bases loaded in the third when Loney flied out to center to end the inning.
The Dodgers' 32-16 record remains the best in the majors despite having six players on the disabled list, including four starters -- although slugger Matt Kemp could return from a hamstring injury Tuesday.
"They got good pitching and that's why they're winning ballgames," Ramirez said.
|Aramis Ramirez returns to the lineup after missing two games to homer and single in the go-ahead run in the Brewers' win. (AP)|
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|Corey Hart, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.256|
|Norichika Aoki, RF||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.310|
|Ryan Braun, LF||2||1||0||0||2||0||1||.309|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||3||1||2||2||0||0||1||.246|
|George Kottaras, C||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.217|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||3||0||1||1||0||2||2||.156|
|Cody Ransom, SS||4||0||0||0||0||3||3||.266|
|Nyjer Morgan, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.216|
|John Axford, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Shaun Marcum, P||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||.100|
|Francisco Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Carlos Gomez, PH-CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.246|
|a-grounded out for Rodriguez in the 9th|
|HR - Aramis Ramirez (4, Harang)|
|SF - Rickie Weeks (1)|
|RBI - Aramis Ramirez 2 (27), Rickie Weeks (11)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Shaun Marcum (W,3-3)||7||6||1||1||2||9||0||3.63|
|Francisco Rodriguez (H,9)||1||2||1||1||0||2||0||4.71|
|John Axford (S,8)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||3.63|
|WP - John Axford (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Shaun Marcum 119-80, Francisco Rodriguez 28-18, John Axford 24-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shaun Marcum 6-6, John Axford 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Shaun Marcum 29, Francisco Rodriguez 5, John Axford 4|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Tony Gwynn Jr., CF||5||1||1||0||0||2||1||.287|
|Elian Herrera, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||3||1||.310|
|Bobby Abreu, LF||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||.301|
|Andre Ethier, RF||4||0||2||1||0||1||1||.318|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B||3||0||2||1||1||0||1||.394|
|James Loney, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||0||4||.259|
|A.J. Ellis, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.315|
|Dee Gordon, SS||4||0||0||0||0||3||3||.222|
|Aaron Harang, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.048|
|Javy Guerra, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Todd Coffey, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Adam Kennedy, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.224|
|Ronald Belisario, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jamey Wright, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Ivan De Jesus Jr., PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.273|
|a-struck out for Coffey in the 7th|
|b-walked for Wright in the 9th|
|2B - Andre Ethier (15, Marcum)|
|SH - Elian Herrera (1)|
|RBI - Andre Ethier (42), Jerry Hairston Jr. (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Andre Ethier (22)|
|SB - Tony Gwynn Jr. (5, 2nd base off Marcum/Kottaras), Bobby Abreu (1, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Kottaras)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Gordon-Herrera-Loney|
|E - Aaron Harang (2, Throwing)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Aaron Harang (L,3-3)||5||4||3||1||3||4||1||4.14|
|HBP - Ramirez (by Ronald Belisario)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 96-60, Javy Guerra 9-7, Todd Coffey 18-8, Ronald Belisario 18-12, Jamey Wright 10-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 8-3, Javy Guerra 1-1, Todd Coffey 1-0, Ronald Belisario 1-1, Jamey Wright 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 22, Javy Guerra 3, Todd Coffey 4, Ronald Belisario 4, Jamey Wright 3|
|Attendance - 38016|
|Game Time - 3:26|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Al Porter, Third Base - Tony Randazzo|