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[August 04, 2008]  LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Manny Ramirez continued to swing a hot bat in his first series with the Los Angeles Dodgers, going 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs in a 9-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

RestaurantThe Dodgers salvaged a split of the four-game series and sliced Arizona's NL West lead to one game.

Ramirez hit an RBI single in the first inning, doubled in a run in the second and went deep in the fifth for career homer No. 512, passing Mel Ott and moving into a tie with Eddie Mathews and Ernie Banks for 20th place.

Ramirez is 8-for-13 with five RBIs in three games since Thursday's three-way trade with Boston and Pittsburgh.

His second home run with the Dodgers traveled an estimated 436 feet into the pavilion seats in left field on a 1-2 pitch from reliever Billy Buckner. It came one pitch after Ramirez ran out a grounder behind third base at full speed and had to take a slow walk back to the plate when the ball was ruled foul.

Curtain calls and chants of "Man-ny! Man-ny!" have quickly become commonplace at Chavez Ravine since the 12-time All-Star came over from the World Series champion Red Sox, who are paying off the remaining $7 million of Ramirez's 2008 salary.


Ramirez capped first four-hit game since June 1, 2007, with an infield single in the ninth and scored on a triple by Pablo Ozuna, who replaced second baseman Jeff Kent in the field in the eighth. Matt Kemp, whose career-best 19-game hitting streak ended Saturday, had a homer and RBI single for the Dodgers.

Jason Johnson lasted just 4 1-3 innings for Los Angeles and left with a 5-3 lead after surrendering a solo homer to Stephen Drew and a walk to Orlando Hudson. The right-hander, making his second spot start in place of Brad Penny, allowed five hits after pitching six scoreless innings in a 2-0 victory over San Francisco on Tuesday.

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Penny, whose fastball was clocked as high as 96 mph during Saturday night's rehab start with Triple-A Las Vegas, will rejoin his teammates in St. Louis for the start of a six-game road swing. He is scheduled to pitch Friday night at San Francisco. He hasn't pitched for the Dodgers since June 14 because of shoulder tendinitis and bursitis.

Brian Falkenborg relieved Johnson and retired both batters he faced. Cory Wade (2-1) worked 1 2-3 innings to get the win.

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Doug Davis (4-6) retired only five of the 13 batters he faced, allowing five runs and six hits over 1 2-3 innings after pitching 7 2-3 scoreless innings at San Diego on Tuesday. The left-hander was lifted after three straight two-out hits, including RBI singles by Kemp and Russell Martin and a run-scoring double to right-center by Ramirez.

Davis' outing matched his shortest since Aug. 31, 2004, with Milwaukee, when he was struck by a line drive off the bat of Pittsburgh's Tike Redman with none out in the second and left that game with a bruised left forearm. He also pitched 1 2-3 innings on June 17, 2005, in a 9-5 Brewers loss at Toronto.

Ramirez and James Loney opened the scoring with RBI singles in the first inning. Arizona tied it in the second with run-scoring singles by Davis and Drew.

Notes: Umpire Kerwin Danley worked behind the plate at Dodger Stadium for the first time since his frightening injury on April 26, which left him unconscious for several moments and resulted in him being taken by ambulance to a hospital. The mishap occurred when C Martin was crossed up by Penny's fastball to Colorado's Garrett Atkins, after signaling for a curveball, and the pitch slammed into Danley's facemask. ... Among the crowd of 52,972 was actor Hal Linden, the star of the 1970s TV sitcom classic "Barney Miller." In his honor, organist Nancy Bea Hefley played "Hey There," one of the songs Linden sang when he did the Broadway revival of "Pajama Game" in 1973.

[Associated Press]

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