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Ramirez gets two hits in Dodgers debut

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ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals look for leadoff man Rafael Furcal to get on base. He's also done a pretty good job of driving in runs from the top of the order.

Furcal came through again Wednesday night, as his two-out, RBI single off Jamey Wright in the 12th innings gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The RBI was No. 42 for Furcal, tops in the National League for leadoff hitters.

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"It was something right there middle in," Furcal said of his game-winning hit. "I tried to get good contact."

Lance Berkman, who left the lineup a day earlier with a bruised right knee after being hit by a pitch, drew a one-out walk as a pinch-hitter in the 12th from Wright (4-3). Matt Carpenter singled with two outs and Furcal drove home pinch-runner Joe Kelly.

Kelly made things more difficult by falling down on Carpenter's hit, forcing him to go back to second base. He was able to score without a play when Tony Gwynn Jr., bobbled the ball in left field.

"I saw the hit and I knew the outfielder was kind of deep," Kelly said. "I didn't take a good round and lost my footing. When I saw [Furcal's] base hit, I just wanted to make sure to touch third."

Fernando Salas (1-3) pitched two scoreless innings to pick up his first victory since July 9, 2011, against Arizona.

Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse went seven innings and allowed two runs and seven hits with no walks and four strikeouts. He drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

"Salas did a terrific job," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "You can't ask for anything more than that."

The loss spoiled the otherwise successful Dodgers debut of Hanley Ramirez. Acquired in a trade earlier Wednesday with the Miami Marlins, Ramirez tripled on the first pitch he saw with his new team. The three-time All-Star infielder went 2-for-4 with a walk. He scored once and hit an RBI single in sixth that made it 2-all.

"I feel comfortable," Ramirez said. "Great group of guys here; you just go out there and have fun. I'm happy to be here."

Aaron Harang was sharp for the Dodgers, giving up just two hits and two runs in 7 1/3 innings.

Ramirez helped the Dodgers to a 1-0 lead in the second when he tripled off the wall in center and scored on James Loney `s sacrifice fly.

After St. Louis grabbed a 2-1 lead on Lohse's sacrifice fly in the fifth, Ramirez tied it with a two-out single in the sixth.

Ramirez played third base, the spot he moved to with the Marlins to make room for new shortstop Jose Reyes. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he plans to put Ramirez at shortstop when the former NL batting champion is comfortable with the switch back to his old position.

Mattingly was ejected by home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg for arguing balls and strikes while on the mound during a 10th-inning pitching change. The ejection was the fifth this season for Mattingly.

Notes

  • 3B David Freese had two hits for St. Louis. He is batting .565 (13-for-23) during an eight-game hitting streak.
  • Dodgers starter Chris Capuano (10-5) can match his win total for 2011 with a victory Thursday. He'll have to reverse some history -- he is winless in five career games at Busch Stadium (0-3, 7.04 ERA).
  • Lohse's quality start was the 20th in a row for the Cardinals.
 
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Hanley Ramirez triples on the first pitch he sees as a member of the Dodgers and goes 2 for 4 with a walk.   (AP)
Hanley Ramirez triples on the first pitch he sees as a member of the Dodgers and goes 2 for 4 with a walk. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

K. Lohse
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 2
BB 0
K 4
Los Angeles

A. Harang
IP 7.1
H 2
ER 2
BB 4
K 8
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Bobby Abreu, LF3010001 .245
    Tony Gwynn Jr., LF2000001 .241
Mark Ellis, 2B5110011 .262
Matt Kemp, CF5000031 .341
Andre Ethier, RF5010011 .289
Hanley Ramirez, 3B4121101 .249
James Loney, 1B4001013 .248
Luis Cruz, SS5010011 .239
A.J. Ellis, C5010012 .277
Aaron Harang, P3000011 .053
    Scott Elbert, P0000000 .000
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
   a- Juan Uribe, PH1010000 .196
    Josh Lindblom, P0000000 .000
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
    Jamey Wright, P0000000 .000
Totals4228219  
a-singled for Belisario in the 10th
Batting
2B - Mark Ellis (7, Lohse), Andre Ethier (26, Lohse), A.J. Ellis (9, Lohse)
3B - Hanley Ramirez (3, Lohse)
SF - James Loney (1)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez (49), James Loney (27)
2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez (11)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - L. Cruz-Ellis-Loney, Ellis
E - James Loney (5, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Aaron Harang 7.1222480 3.39
Scott Elbert0000100 2.45
Ronald Belisario 1.2000010 2.63
Josh Lindblom 0.1100100 3.15
Randy Choate 1000010 2.39
Jamey Wright (L,4-3) 1.1311110 3.73
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 116-69, Scott Elbert 5-1, Ronald Belisario 11-8, Josh Lindblom 9-4, Randy Choate 10-7, Jamey Wright 27-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 6-8, Ronald Belisario 2-1, Randy Choate 2-0, Jamey Wright 3-0
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 28, Scott Elbert 1, Ronald Belisario 4, Josh Lindblom 2, Randy Choate 3, Jamey Wright 8
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rafael Furcal, SS5011111 .277
Jon Jay, CF4000120 .301
Matt Holliday, LF4010113 .317
Carlos Beltran, RF5000022 .287
Allen Craig, 1B4100112 .296
Yadier Molina, C5010011 .303
David Freese, 3B4120000 .308
    Tyler Greene, PR0000000 .214
    Fernando Salas, P0000000 .000
   a- Lance Berkman, PH0000100 .281
    Joe Kelly, PR0100000 .154
Skip Schumaker, 2B3000212 .308
Kyle Lohse, P1001010 .098
    Mitchell Boggs, P0000000 .000
   b- Daniel Descalso, PH0000000 .235
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
   c- Matt Carpenter, PH-3B2010011 .278
Totals37362711  
a-walked for Salas in the 12th
b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Boggs in the 8th
c-struck out for Motte in the 10th
Batting
2B - David Freese (18, Harang)
SF - Kyle Lohse (1)
SH - Daniel Descalso (3)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (42), Kyle Lohse (1)
2-OUT RBI - Rafael Furcal (18)
PK - Tyler Greene (1, Lindblom)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Furcal-Schumaker-Craig
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Lohse 7722040 2.71
Mitchell Boggs 1000010 1.76
Jason Motte 2100010 2.72
Fernando Salas (W,1-3) 2000130 4.38
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 106-66, Mitchell Boggs 12-8, Jason Motte 22-14, Fernando Salas 37-25
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 8-8, Mitchell Boggs 1-1, Jason Motte 2-3, Fernando Salas 1-2
Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 27, Mitchell Boggs 3, Jason Motte 7, Fernando Salas 7
Game Information
Attendance - 37841
Game Time - 3:55
Temperature - 102
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - John Tumpane, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn