Dodgers-Brewers: Manny, Kemp Go Deep in 17-4 Blowout Win

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Dodgers-Brewers: Manny, Kemp Go Deep in 17-4 Blowout Win

Manny Ramirez broke out of a 10-game slump, going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI to help pace the offense in an outstanding performance against Milwaukee Brewers’ ace Yovani Gallardo and a 17-4 win for the Boys in Blue.

The 17 runs scored were the highest total by the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium since 1979. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers (66-41) came out of the gates aggressively and used three separate big innings to pound the visiting Brewers (53-54) as they scored four runs in the first inning and piled up 17 before the night was over.

Casey Blake doubled home two runs, Matt Kemp singled home another, and Russell Martin capped the inning with an RBI-double of his own to tag Gallardo for five hits and four runs and stake claim to a 4-0 lead for Hiroki Kuroda.

Kuroda went six innings and allowed three runs on nine hits. He struck out seven and walked only one batter for an outing good enough to earn his first win since July 3.

Milwaukee finally broke through in the fifth with three runs off of Kuroda, who had worked out of multiple jams in the early innings. Back-to-back RBI-singles by Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder and a Craig Counsell fielder’s choice RBI made it a 4-3 game.

Ramirez drove in his first run in 11 games with a no-doubt solo shot in the fifth inning. He launched his 12th home run of the year into the left-field pavilion a two-out, two-strike, belt-high curveball extending the lead to 5-3.

The game turned into a blowout when Los Angeles put up a seven-spot in the sixth.

Mark Loretta got into the mix with a pinch-hit two-RBI single with runners on second and third in the sixth.

Gallardo left with one out in the sixth but the Dodgers weren’t done yet.

Following an Andre Ethier single and another pitching change, Ramirez laced a double over the bag at third to plate two more runs and break the game wide open at 9-3.

Kemp then profited from a miscommunication in the outfield by Braun and Mike Cameron, resulting in a routine fly ball dropping in the gap and scoring two more runs.

Kemp then hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning, his 15th of the season, to cap off a 4-for-5, five-RBI evening.

Ethier added three hits with a 3-for-6 night and two RBI.

 

 

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WP: Kuroda (4-5)

LP: Gallardo (10-8)

 

Notes from Tuesday night

 

Not Joining the Hit Parade

James Loney and Juan Castro were the only Dodgers’ starters to not record a hit. Loney, the team’s RBI-leader, also fanned three times on the night.

 

Hudson Gets a Scratch

All-Star second baseman Orlando Hudson was a late scratch from the lineup with a stomach illness; Juan Castro replaced him. 

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