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ATLANTA -- Hanley Ramirez says he's feeling comfortable at the plate.
The new Dodgers star is showing it on this road trip.
Ramirez drove in four runs with two homers, including the first of three straight shots by Los Angeles in the second inning Saturday night during a 6-2 win over the Atlanta Braves.
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Ramirez, who was acquired in a trade with Miami on July 25, is hitting .447 (17 for 38) with three homers and 14 RBI through nine games of the Dodgers' 10-game road trip.
"I've been telling you guys that I've been feeling good at the plate," Ramirez said. "I've been seeing the ball great I think and I've been swinging at strikes. I think that's the key."
A crowd of 42,219 attended Major League Baseball's sixth Civil Rights Game. Commissioner Bud Selig sat with Rachel Robinson, the widow of Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier for players, and Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, who broke the color barrier for managers.
Dodgers starter Aaron Harang said he believes Ramirez is more relaxed with the Dodgers.
"I think the last couple years he's kind of had a lot of pressure on himself being over there," Harang said. "Now he comes over here. [Andre] Ethier and [Matt] Kemp kind of take a little pressure off him and he takes some pressure off them and he seems to be having a good time over here, having a lot of fun. He's really loose on the bench and I think he's going to be good for us down the stretch."
The four homers were the Dodgers' only hits.
"It was a weird game," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I don't know if I've ever seen that kind of a linescore, really. [Sheets] gave up four hits. They just happened to be home runs."
The Dodgers were without manager Don Mattingly, whose two-game suspension was announced before the game. He also was given an undisclosed fine "for excessive arguing" with plate umpire Angel Campos in Thursday's 10-6 loss in Pittsburgh. Bench coach Trey Hillman filled in for Mattingly.
Hillman wouldn't use Mattingly's office for his postgame interview.
"That's not an option," Hillman said. "I feel very uncomfortable being in the manager's office. ... My objective was to stay out of the way. This is Donnie's team."
And it was Ramirez's night.
"It was a really great deal for us," Hillman said.
Harang (9-7) pitched around five walks. He gave up one run on four hits with eight strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Sheets (4-3) lasted six innings.
Sheets set a career high for homers allowed after giving up only two in his first six games. His ERA climbed from 2.13 to 3.07. His previous high for homers allowed in a game was three six times, most recently on May 2, 2010, with Oakland.
Jansen struck out pinch-hitter Juan Francisco to end the inning. Jansen gave up Prado's homer but had three strikeouts among his four outs for his 25th save.
Michael Bourn led off the first inning with a walk and scored on Prado's double. Harang walked three batters in the inning, including an intentional pass. He struck out David Ross with the bases loaded to end the inning.
"The key for me was getting out of the first inning," Hillman said.
Sheets recorded four straight outs before giving up a homer by Ramirez to center field. Loney took a ball before hitting a fly that barely cleared the right-field wall for his fourth homer. Cruz hit the next pitch into the left-field seats.
Sheets recovered to record 13 straight outs before giving up three more runs in the third. With two outs, Sheets walked Kemp and Ethier to set up Ramirez's 18th home run.
The walks that set up the three-run homer bothered Sheets the most.
"The walks. The walks. Putting men on base," Sheets said. "Three home runs are pretty and they look good and they are runs but if I don't walk those guys it's 3-1 after six."
Ramirez also had two homers for Miami on June 2 at Philadelphia. He has 13 career two-homer games.
|Hanley Ramirez belts the first of three straight home runs for the Dodgers and drives in four runs for the night. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Shane Victorino, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.261|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.259|
|Matt Kemp, CF||3||1||0||0||1||2||0||.345|
|Andre Ethier, RF||3||1||0||0||1||0||0||.283|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||4||2||2||4||0||0||0||.264|
|James Loney, 1B||3||1||1||1||1||0||0||.256|
|Luis Cruz, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||.279|
|A.J. Ellis, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.273|
|Aaron Harang, P||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.068|
|Randy Choate, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Javy Guerra, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Shawn Tolleson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kenley Jansen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|HR - Hanley Ramirez 2 (18, Sheets, Sheets), James Loney (4, Sheets), Luis Cruz (3, Sheets)|
|RBI - Hanley Ramirez 4 (75), James Loney (33), Luis Cruz (24)|
|2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez 3 (20)|
|SB - Matt Kemp (7, 2nd base off Sheets/Ross)|
|Team LOB - 1|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Aaron Harang (W,9-7)||6.2||4||1||1||5||8||0||3.65|
|Kenley Jansen (S,25)||1.1||1||1||1||0||3||1||1.96|
|IBB - Jones by Aaron Harang|
|Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 115-58, Randy Choate 8-6, Javy Guerra 13-4, Shawn Tolleson 10-3, Kenley Jansen 15-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 5-7, Kenley Jansen 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 29, Randy Choate 1, Javy Guerra 3, Shawn Tolleson 2, Kenley Jansen 5|
|Michael Bourn, CF||4||1||1||0||1||2||0||.292|
|Martin Prado, LF||5||1||2||2||0||1||1||.297|
|Jason Heyward, RF||4||0||0||0||1||2||2||.272|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||3||0||1||0||2||0||1||.313|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.270|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||1||0||0||0||3||0||0||.212|
|David Ross, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||6||.263|
|Paul Janish, SS||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.230|
|Ben Sheets, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.000|
|Luis Avilan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|a- Eric Hinske, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.205|
|Cristhian Martinez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Juan Francisco, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||.261|
|Jonny Venters, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Avilan in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Cr. Martinez in the 8th|
|2B - Martin Prado (31, Harang), Chipper Jones (20, Harang), Paul Janish (5, Harang)|
|3B - Michael Bourn (10, Harang)|
|HR - Martin Prado (7, Jansen)|
|RBI - Martin Prado 2 (54)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|Ben Sheets (L,4-3)||6||4||6||6||2||3||4||3.07|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ben Sheets 98-62, Luis Avilan 9-6, Cristhian Martinez 14-11, Jonny Venters 15-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ben Sheets 8-7, Luis Avilan 1-2, Jonny Venters 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Ben Sheets 24, Luis Avilan 3, Cristhian Martinez 3, Jonny Venters 4|
|Attendance - 42219|
|Game Time - 2:52|
|Temperature - 79|
|Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Brian Knight|