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Hanley Ramirez, Matt Kemp homer as Dodgers beat Cubs, 5-2

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Ramirez lifts the Dodgers to victory with his first-ever walkoff home run
Kemp homers for the fourth time in five games

KEY MOMENT: Hanley Ramirez hit the first walkoff home run of his career, a three-run shot with two out in the 12th inning. A gentle but persistent rain lasted through extra innings, with fans treated to the rare sight of a Dodger Stadium grounds crew pouring drying agents on the mound, around the bases and in the batter's box. The last rainout at Dodger Stadium: April 17, 2000.

AT THE PLATE: Matt Kemp hit a home run, his fourth in five games. Andre Ethier has struck out in every at-bat since July 22 — all four of them.

ON THE MOUND: Hyun-Jin Ryu gave up one run in the first inning and shut out the Cubs for the next six innings.

WHO'S ON FIRST: With Adrian Gonzalez out of the starting lineup and Scott Van Slyke in center field, the Dodgers gave the start at first base to Justin Turner, their vertically challenged and red-headed utilityman. "Not tall enough," shortstop Ramirez joked. "Look for the red," Turner responded with a laugh. Turner, generously listed by the Dodgers as 6 feet tall, started 17 games at first base over the previous two seasons, for the New York Mets.

AND MORE: The Dodgers put left-handed swingman Paul Maholm on the disabled list because of a torn knee ligament and recalled left-handed reliever Paco Rodriguez from triple-A Albuquerque. Maholm is out for the season; the knee could require reconstructive surgery. … Catcher A.J. Ellis (sore right knee) did not play Saturday and is questionable for Sunday Yasiel Puig went back to first base standing rather than sliding on a pickoff attempt and was picked off.

UP NEXT: The Dodgers' Josh Beckett (6-5, 2.74) faces the Cubs' Edwin Jackson (5-11, 5.79) on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Dodger Stadium. TV: SportsNet LA. Radio: 570, 1020.

—Bill Shaikin

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