Dodgers going to put up fight

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LOS ANGELES --- Tired of getting brushed back in the National League Championship Series, Manny Ramirez and the Los Angeles Dodgers came out ready to fight their way back against Philadelphia.

Blake DeWitt's bases-loaded triple off Jamie Moyer capped a five-run first inning, and the feisty Dodgers beat the Phillies 7-2 on Sunday night to trim Philadelphia's lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

The benches and bullpens emptied moments after Los Angeles starter Hiroki Kuroda threw a pitch over Shane Victorino's head, with an angry Ramirez barking at the Phillies during the dustup.

There were no punches or ejections, and the Dodgers played with poise all night.

Kuroda pitched effectively into the seventh for Los Angeles, which will try to even the series tonight. Game 1 loser Derek Lowe, working on three days' rest, will face Philadelphia's Joe Blanton in a matchup of right-handers.

Kuroda buzzed Victorino in the third, apparently an attempt to retaliate for Philadelphia's Brett Myers throwing behind Ramirez in Game 2.

Plate umpire Mike Everitt immediately warned both teams. Victorino shouted at Kuroda while pointing at his own head and upper body as if to say: "It's OK to throw at my body, but not my head."

Victorino grounded out to first baseman Nomar Garciaparra and then exchanged words with Kuroda near the bag. Both dugouts emptied and the bullpens followed.

Kuroda, a 33-year-old rookie making only the second postseason start of a career that includes 11 years in the Japanese Central League, gave up only five hits and two runs with one walk and three strikeouts before being relieved by Cory Wade with two on and nobody out in the seventh. Wade retired the next three batters to end the inning.

The 45-year-old Moyer, who became the oldest pitcher to start a league championship game, lasted only 1q innings for his shortest outing since July 4, 1998 and gave up six hits and six runs.

The Dodgers had a 1-0 lead by the time Moyer threw five pitches on singles by Rafael Furcal, Andre Ethier and Ramirez.


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