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Dodgers beat Cubs 5-2 on Ramirez's 3-run HR

By JOE RESNICK
Associated Press
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LOS ANGELES (AP) On a night when the Dodgers used home run threats Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier and Yasiel Puig as pinch-hitters late in the game, Hanley Ramirez came through at the end.

Ramirez hit his first career game-ending home run, a three-run shot in the 12th inning to lift Los Angeles to a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night.

Dee Gordon hit a two-out single against Blake Parker (1-1), stole his major league-leading 51st base and came home when Ramirez drove a 1-0 pitch into the Dodgers' bullpen in left field for his 12th homer after a full-count walk to Justin Turner.

''I was watching the way they were pitching to J.T., and it didn't look like they wanted to pitch to him. They wanted me,'' Ramirez said. ''So I told myself to just slow my swing down because I had to come through. He made a mistake up and left something over plate, and I made a good swing. That's what we're here for - to win games.''

Jamey Wright (4-2) allowed two hits over two innings to get the victory and help the Dodgers increase their NL West lead over San Francisco to 3 1-2 games.

Junior Lake pushed a bunt single past the right of the mound with one out in the Cubs' seventh and came all the way around on a double to right-center by Arismendy Alcantara, tying the score 2-all. It was the third hit of the game for the switch-hitting rookie. Teammate Starlin Castro also had three hits, including an RBI single in the first.

Matt Kemp gave the NL West-leading Dodgers a 2-1 lead in the fourth against left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada with a drive into the pavilion seats in left-center after a leadoff walk to Ramirez.

It was the 12th homer this season and fourth in five games for the two-time All-Star, who has four homers and 12 RBIs in 11 games since manager Don Mattingly shifted him from left field to right and Puig from right to center.

Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed two runs and nine hits through seven innings and struck out six.

Wada allowed two runs and six hits over 5 2-3 innings and struck out six in his fourth major league start. The Dodgers are 12-5 in games started by opponents' rookies, including Friday's 8-2 loss to Kyle Hendricks.

''Coming over from Japan, he had a lot of experience against good players over there, too. And even though this is the big leagues, he looked good,'' Dodgers catcher Drew Butera said. ''He had a sneaky fastball. I didn't see any off-speed pitches from him, but from the side, it looked like it had good deception.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: Right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa, who has yet to pitch for Chicago this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, is scheduled to throw an inning for Triple-A Iowa on Monday. The club has yet to decide whether he will be reinstated from the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday.

Dodgers: Lefty Paul Maholm's first season with the Dodgers ended Saturday when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The 10-year veteran was injured during the seventh inning of Friday's game while covering first base on a grounder behind the bag by Alcantata.

ON DECK

Cubs: Right-hander Edwin Jackson (5-11, 5.79 ERA) is 0-4 with a 7.39 ERA in seven starts since beating Pittsburgh June 20 at Wrigley Field.

Dodgers: Right-hander Josh Beckett (6-5, 2.74 ERA) looks for his first victory at Dodger Stadium since May 13, when he beat Miami 7-1 for his first win of 2014. He is 3-4 with a 3.05 ERA in in 10 starts since his no-hitter on May 25 at Philadelphia, and hasn't pitched more than five innings in any of his last four outings.

 
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H. Ramirez
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Chicago

A. Alcantara
AB 6
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Arismendy Alcantara, 2B6031011.256.330.419
Chris Coghlan, LF6120004.286.359.452
Anthony Rizzo, 1B6020013.286.390.516
Starlin Castro, SS6031012.275.326.422
Justin Ruggiano, RF5000136.273.335.415
Welington Castillo, C3000201.235.296.375
Chris Valaika, 3B3010010.333.333.333
   a-Luis Valbuena, PH-3B2000013.250.331.435
Junior Lake, CF5120022.215.242.366
Tsuyoshi Wada, P2000021.000.143.000
   Carlos Villanueva, P0000000.000.000.000
   b-Ryan Sweeney, PH1000001.236.282.333
   Brian Schlitter, P00000001.0001.0001.000
   Pedro Strop, P0000000.000.000.000
   c-Nate Schierholtz, PH1000001.195.242.305
   Wesley Wright, P0000000.000.000.000
   Justin Grimm, P0000000.000.000.000
   d-John Baker, PH1000001.215.304.262
   Blake Parker, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals472132312    
a-struck out for Valaika in the 8th
b-flied out for Villanueva in the 7th
c-popped out-bunting for Strop in the 9th
d-lined out for Grimm in the 11th
Batting
2B - Arismendy Alcantara (6, Ryu), Chris Coghlan (14, Ryu)
RBI - Arismendy Alcantara (8), Starlin Castro (57)
2-OUT RBI - Arismendy Alcantara (3), Starlin Castro (15)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Castro-Alcantara-Rizzo
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tsuyoshi Wada 5.2622261 3.32
Carlos Villanueva 0.1000000 5.46
Brian Schlitter 1200010 3.56
Pedro Strop 1000020 2.52
Wesley Wright 1.1000010 2.73
Justin Grimm 0.2100010 4.50
Blake Parker (L,1-1) 1.2233131 6.57
IBB - Butera by Tsuyoshi Wada
WP - Justin Grimm (4)
HBP - Gordon (by Tsuyoshi Wada)
Pitches-Strikes - Tsuyoshi Wada 103-65, Carlos Villanueva 1-1, Brian Schlitter 17-11, Pedro Strop 11-9, Wesley Wright 15-10, Justin Grimm 16-10, Blake Parker 37-25
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tsuyoshi Wada 7-3, Brian Schlitter 1-0, Wesley Wright 2-1, Justin Grimm 1-0, Blake Parker 1-1
Batters Faced - Tsuyoshi Wada 25, Carlos Villanueva 1, Brian Schlitter 4, Pedro Strop 3, Wesley Wright 4, Justin Grimm 3, Blake Parker 8
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Dee Gordon, 2B5120020.295.344.397
Justin Turner, 1B5120112.304.366.425
Hanley Ramirez, SS5233111.276.370.462
Matt Kemp, RF5112014.282.349.463
Scott Van Slyke, CF3010002.253.371.507
   a-Andre Ethier, PH-CF2000020.245.310.369
Juan Uribe, 3B5010011.302.330.424
Carl Crawford, LF5000022.233.270.342
Drew Butera, C4000111.188.267.278
Hyun-Jin Ryu, P2000022.150.150.200
   b-Yasiel Puig, PH1010000.321.406.552
   Brandon League, P0000000.000.000.000
   J.P. Howell, P0000000.000.000.000
   Kenley Jansen, P0000000.000.000.000
   c-Miguel Rojas, PH1000000.200.261.259
   Brian Wilson, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jamey Wright, P0000000.000.000.000
   d-Adrian Gonzalez, PH1000010.264.328.446
Totals445115314    
a-struck out for Van Slyke in the 8th
b-singled for Ryu in the 7th
c-flied out for Jansen in the 9th
d-struck out for Wright in the 12th
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (26, Wada), Scott Van Slyke (9, Wada), Juan Uribe (17, Wada)
HR - Hanley Ramirez (12, Parker), Matt Kemp (12, Wada)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez 3 (56), Matt Kemp 2 (48)
2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez 3 (25)
SB - Dee Gordon (51, 2nd base off Parker/Castillo)
PK - Yasiel Puig (1, Schlitter)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Ryu-H. Ramirez-Turner, Ryu-H. Ramirez-Turner-Gordon-H. Ramirez-Turner
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hyun-Jin Ryu 7922160 3.39
Brandon League 0.2100100 1.94
J.P. Howell 0.1000010 1.19
Kenley Jansen 1100000 3.20
Brian Wilson 1000030 4.93
Jamey Wright (W,4-2) 2200120 3.33
Pitches-Strikes - Hyun-Jin Ryu 108-73, Brandon League 15-8, J.P. Howell 4-3, Kenley Jansen 11-9, Brian Wilson 15-11, Jamey Wright 31-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hyun-Jin Ryu 8-5, Kenley Jansen 1-2
Batters Faced - Hyun-Jin Ryu 29, Brandon League 4, J.P. Howell 1, Kenley Jansen 4, Brian Wilson 3, Jamey Wright 9
Game Information
Attendance - 53354
Game Time - 4:39
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - David Rackley, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Jim Wolf