Ramirez’s 2 HRs power Dodgers to 12-2 rout of Bucs
LOS ANGELES – Hanley Ramirez homered twice, drove in five runs and scored four times, tying career highs in all three categories and leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 12-2 rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.
Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-2) breezed to his third straight victory, allowing two runs and 10 hits with four strikeouts and no walks. Last Monday at Dodger Stadium, Ryu did not allow a baserunner through the first seven innings of his 4-3 victory over Cincinnati.
Jamey Wright was credited with his second save in 19 major league seasons, after pitching the final three innings and allowing one hit. His other save was in 2011 with Seattle.
Brandon Cumpton (0-2) was charged with 11 runs – 10 earned – and 11 hits in 3 2-3 innings. The 25-year-old right-hander had allowed a total of one run in the first four innings of his eight previous major league starts.
The Dodgers staked Ryu to an 11-1 lead with two runs in the first inning, four in the third and five more in the fourth. Ramirez and Matt Kemp triggered the onslaught with two-out RBI singles during Cumpton’s 28-pitch first inning.
Cumpton threw only 18 pitches during the Dodgers’ third-inning rally, as four batters put the ball in play on the first offering and two others did on the second. Andre Ethier started things off with a drive that popped out of left fielder Starling Marte’s glove for a two-base error as his left arm hit the fence. Ramirez and Justin Turner had RBI singles, Adrian Gonzalez doubled home a run and Kemp hit a sacrifice fly.
Ramirez homered to center with a man on in the fourth. Turner chased Cumpton three batters later with another RBI single, and Drew Butera greeted Jeanmar Gomez with a two-run triple.
Ramirez, whose 4 for 4 day increased his career average against Pittsburgh to .362, led off the sixth against Bryan Morris with his ninth homer. The 2009 NL batting champion and three-time All-Star shortstop is 8 for 20 with eight RBIs in five starts in the cleanup spot after missing four games because of a sore left calf. Ramirez was the No. 3 hitter his first 46 starts this season.
Yasiel Puig had an infield hit in the third inning and has reached base in 32 straight games, the longest active streak in the majors. He is 13 for 32 with a homer and three RBIs in nine games since manager Don Mattingly moved him from second to third in the lineup, and the Dodgers are 5-4 during that stretch.
Notes: 3B Josh Harrison had two hits, including a single on Ryu’s third pitch of the game. He is batting .324 in the 19 games he’s started in the leadoff spot. ... Reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen has no RBIs or extra-base hits in nine games and 32 at-bats since his run-scoring single against Washington’s Blake Treinen on May 22. ... Marte has no RBIs in 42 career at-bats against the Dodgers, and teammate Jose Tabata has none in 29 at-bats against them. ... Butera has three triples in 574 career at-bats.