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Ramirez went very well Saturday, and coincidentally or not, so did the Dodgers.
The shortstop hit two home runs, drove in five runs and scored four times against the
Ramirez went four for four, scored four runs and then called it a day after launching his second monster home run of the game. The five RBIs and four runs scored matched his career highs. He now has six consecutive hits overall.
The Dodgers happily followed suit, pounding out 14 hits.
Ryu (6-2) was hardly as sharp as he was Monday against the
The Dodgers gave him a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Ramirez and Kemp singled in runs, but the Dodgers put it away against Pirates right-hander Brandon Cumpton with four runs in the third inning and five more with two outs in the fourth.
Mattingly had just said Friday night the Dodgers' mediocre play might be tied to the inconsistent play of Ramirez, who was their most dynamic hitter last season.
A Gonzalez double, Kemp sacrifice fly and Turner single all drove in runs to complete the rally.
The Dodgers went right back to their high-octane attack in the fourth inning. This time Ramirez started it with a two-run homer to start the scoring. He added his second home run, a solo shot, in the sixth.
And it was rare romp, the victory snapping the Dodgers' three-game losing streak.