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Hanley Ramirez, Dee Gordon help spark Dodgers to 4-2 win over Padres

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Hanley Ramirez drives in two runs, his 28th and 29th in last 34 games, to help Dodgers beat Padres, 4-2
Dee Gordon reaches base three times, scores twice, drives in a run and steals his MLB-best 39th base

AT THE PLATE: Hanley Ramirez drove in two runs, the first on a third-inning sacrifice fly and second on a fifth-inning single. Ramirez, who has 29 runs batted in over his last 34 games, extended his hitting streak to eight games with a first-inning double. Dee Gordon reached base three times and scored two runs. He also drove in a run and stole his major league-leading 39th base.

ON THE MOUND: Josh Beckett won for the second time in his last three starts, limiting the Padres to four hits and two walks over seven scoreless innings. He struck out eight, which tied his season high. The Dodgers were ahead, 4-0, when Paul Maholm replaced Beckett to start the bottom of the eighth inning. Maholm and Brandon League combined to give up two runs, cutting the lead in half. Kenley Jansen protected the two-run lead in the ninth and earned his 20th save, as he recovered from a blown save the previous night.

MEDICAL REPORT: Third baseman Juan Uribe completed a three-game rehabilitation assignment with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. Uribe will be examined Sunday by the Dodgers' training staff and is expected to be activated in the upcoming series in Kansas City, which starts Monday.

EARLY AWARD SEASON: Bench coach Tim Wallach, the Montreal Expos' all-time hits leader, was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. In Wallach's absence, first base coach Dave Lopes was acting bench coach and assistant hitting coach John Valentin coached first base. Wallach is expected to return to the Dodgers in Kansas City.

UP NEXT: Hyun-Jin Ryu (8-3, 3.13 ERA) will face the Padres and Eric Stults (2-9, 5.76) at Petco Park at 1 p.m. today. On the air: TV: SportsNet LA. Radio: 570, 1020.

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