Ex-GreenJacket leads Dodgers past Braves

LOS ANGELES 6, ATLANTA 2

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Ex-GreenJacket Hanley Ramirez hit two homers and drove in four in the Dodgers' win Saturday.  JOHN AMIS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Ex-GreenJacket Hanley Ramirez hit two homers and drove in four in the Dodgers' win Saturday.

ATLANTA — Hanley Ramirez says he’s feeling comfortable at the plate.

The new Dodgers star is showing it on this road trip.

Ramirez drove in four runs with two homers, including the first of three consecutive shots by Los Angeles in the second inning Saturday night during a 6-2 win over the Atlanta Braves.

The former Augusta GreenJacket, who was acquired in a trade with Miami on July 25, is hitting .447 (17 for 38) with three homers and 14 RBI through nine games of the Dodgers’ 10-game road trip.

“I’ve been telling you guys that I’ve been feeling good at the plate,” Ramirez said. “I’ve been seeing the ball great I think and I’ve been swinging at strikes. I think that’s the key.”

A crowd of 42,219 attended Major League Baseball’s sixth Civil Rights Game. Commissioner Bud Selig sat with Rachel Robinson, the widow of Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier for players, and Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, who broke the color barrier for managers.

Ramirez, James Loney and Luis Cruz hit consecutive homers in a span of four pitches from Ben Sheets. Ramirez added a three-run homer in the sixth.

The homers were the Dodgers’ only hits.

“It was a weird game,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that kind of a linescore, really. (Sheets) gave up four hits. They just happened to be home runs.”

Atlanta had its four-game winning streak stopped.

Dodgers starter Aaron Harang (9-7) pitched around five walks.

He gave up one run on four hits with eight strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings. Sheets (4-3) lasted six innings.

Sheets set a career high for homers allowed after giving up only two in his first six games. His ERA climbed from 2.13 to 3.07. His previous high for homers allowed in a game was three six times, most recently on May 2, 2010, with Oakland.

Dodgers reliever Javy Guerra walked two batters in the eighth and was pulled with a 2-0 count to David Ross. Shawn Tolleson retired Ross but loaded the bases by walking Paul Janish with two outs.

Jansen struck out pinch-hitter Juan Francisco to end the inning. Jansen gave up Prado’s homer but had three strikeouts among his four outs for his 25th save.

Michael Bourn led off the first inning with a walk and scored on Prado’s double. Harang walked three batters in the inning, including an intentional pass. He struck out David Ross with the bases loaded to end the inning.

“The key for me was getting out of the first inning,” Hillman said.

Sheets recorded four straight outs before giving up a homer by Ramirez to center field. Loney took a ball before hitting a fly that barely cleared the right-field wall for his fourth homer. Cruz hit the next pitch into the left-field seats.

Sheets recovered to record 13 straight outs before giving up three more runs in the third. With two outs, Sheets walked Kemp and Ethier to set up Ramirez’s 18th home run.

The walks that set up the three-run homer bothered Sheets the most.

“The walks. The walks. Putting men on base,” Sheets said. “Three home runs are pretty and they look good and they are runs but if I don’t walk those guys it’s 3-1 after six.”

Ramirez also had two homers for Miami on June 2 at Philadelphia. He has 13 career two-homer games.


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