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Dodgers beat Cubs 5-2 on Ramirez's 3-run HR

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 3, 2014 at 1:38 am •  Published: August 3, 2014
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — On a night when the Dodgers used home run threats Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier and Yasiel Puig as pinch-hitters late in the game, Hanley Ramirez came through at the end.

Ramirez hit his first career game-ending home run, a three-run shot in the 12th inning to lift Los Angeles to a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night.

Dee Gordon hit a two-out single against Blake Parker (1-1), stole his major league-leading 51st base and came home when Ramirez drove a 1-0 pitch into the Dodgers' bullpen in left field for his 12th homer after a full-count walk to Justin Turner.

"I was watching the way they were pitching to J.T., and it didn't look like they wanted to pitch to him. They wanted me," Ramirez said. "So I told myself to just slow my swing down because I had to come through. He made a mistake up and left something over plate, and I made a good swing. That's what we're here for — to win games."

Jamey Wright (4-2) allowed two hits over two innings to get the victory and help the Dodgers increase their NL West lead over San Francisco to 3 1-2 games.

Junior Lake pushed a bunt single past the right of the mound with one out in the Cubs' seventh and came all the way around on a double to right-center by Arismendy Alcantara, tying the score 2-all. It was the third hit of the game for the switch-hitting rookie. Teammate Starlin Castro also had three hits, including an RBI single in the first.

Matt Kemp gave the NL West-leading Dodgers a 2-1 lead in the fourth against left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada with a drive into the pavilion seats in left-center after a leadoff walk to Ramirez.

It was the 12th homer this season and fourth in five games for the two-time All-Star, who has four homers and 12 RBIs in 11 games since manager Don Mattingly shifted him from left field to right and Puig from right to center.

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