Ramírez HRs spark Dodgers

LA rolls over Padres, extends NL West lead

The Dodgers' Manny Ramírez watches the flight of the first of his two two-run home runs, this one in the fifth inning, against San Diego's Shawn Estes. The Dodgers' Manny Ramírez watches the flight of the first of his two two-run home runs, this one in the fifth inning, against San Diego's Shawn Estes. (Denis Poroy/Associated Press)
Associated Press / September 11, 2008
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Manny Ramírez hit two two-run homers, giving him 524 for his career, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Padres, 7-2, last night in San Diego.

The Dodgers, who have won 10 of 11, extended their lead in the NL West to a season-high 3 1/2 games over Arizona.

Derek Lowe (13-11) allowed three hits and one run in 5 1/3 innings before leaving in the sixth after being hit on the right leg by a one-hopper by Kevin Kouzmanoff.

Ramírez's first homer came in the fifth off starter Shawn Estes (2-2). His second homer came off Dirk Hayhurst in the ninth. Ramírez has 34 homers this season, 14 with the Dodgers.

James Loney homered for the Dodgers, hitting his 12th to ignite a three-run second inning.

The Padres scored in the first on a leadoff double by Brian Giales and two infield grounders, the second by Kouzmanoff that drove in a run.

Mets 13, Nationals 10 - David Wright hit a two-run homer and tied a career high with four hits, helping host New York put away pesky Washington after blowing a six-run lead.

Carlos Delgado, whose streak of multihomer games ended at two, hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the seventh inning and Jose Reyes swiped a bag to become the Mets career leader in steals (283 after his second of the game).

NL East-leading New York swept the two-game series against the lowly Nationals and moved 3 1/2 games ahead of Philadelphia.

White Sox 6, Blue Jays 5 - Mark Buehrle (13-11) outpitched Roy Halladay and host Chicago stopped Toronto's 10-game winning streak.

A.J. Pierzynski drove in three runs for the White Sox, who stayed one game ahead of Minnesota in the AL Central.

The Blue Jays scored three runs in the ninth inning and fell one victory short of tying the longest winning streak in team history, set in 1987 and matched in 1998.

Twins 7, Royals 1 - Kevin Slowey (12-9) allowed four hits over seven innings and kept the host Twins in step with Chicago in the AL Central, pitching Minnesota past Kansas City.

The Twins, who stayed one game behind Chicago in the division, notched consecutive wins for the first time in nearly three weeks. They had three hits and two RBIs from Jason Kubel and three singles by Alexi Casilla.

Brewers 4, Reds 3 - Mike Cameron singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and host Milwaukee rallied to beat Cincinnati and avoid a three-game sweep.

The NL wild-card-leading Brewers, who have won just three of their last 10 games, looked destined for another loss against Cincinnati. They trailed, 3-1, after six but their meager offense, which scored 28 runs in the 10-game homestand, did just enough.

Astros 7, Pirates 4 - Miguel Tejada's grand slam broke open a close game in the sixth inning and helped surging Houston beat visiting Pittsburgh.

Cubs 4, Cardinals 3 - Ted Lilly pitched eight sharp innings and visiting Chicago capitalized on shaky fielding by Felipe Lopez - injured Troy Glaus's replacement - for only their second win in nine games.

Giants 4, Diamondbacks 3 - Eugenio Velez hit a two-out, two-run triple in the ninth inning and host San Francisco rallied to beat Arizona for a three-game sweep.

Marlins 7, Phillies 3 - Ricky Nolasco struck out eight in 7 2/3 innings and Luis Gonzalez homered to lead visiting Florida over Philadelphia.

Braves 9, Rockies 5 - Kelly Johnson homered twice, James Parr pitched six more scoreless innings, and host Atlanta overcame a shaky bullpen to deal another blow to Colorado's fading playoff hopes.

Mariners 8, Rangers 7 - Ichiro Suzuki and Raul Ibanez had four hits apiece to help Seattle beat visiting Texas, handing the AL West title to the Los Angeles Angels.

Indians 7, Orioles 1 - The years he spent rehabilitating an assortment of injuries paid off for Scott Lewis, who allowed three hits over eight shutout innings in his major league debut to help Cleveland win in Baltimore.

Athletics 5, Tigers 2 - Ryan Sweeney and Jack Cust hit back-to-back homers in the first inning and Oakland won in Detroit.

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