Hanley Ramirez tried to score the hard way in the fourth inning Friday. It didn't work.
His next time up he hit a home run.
Ramirez's two-run blast in the sixth inning off Homer Bailey broke a scoreless tie and gave the Dodgers a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in front of an announced crowd of 51841 at Dodger Stadium.
"When he's going like this" pitcher Clayton Kershaw said of Ramirez "we kind of all jump on his back."
Ramirez has reached base in 34 consecutive games the second-longest active streak in the major leagues. He's scored 10 runs in eight games since the All-Star break and is hitting .387 in a season shortened to 47 games by injuries.
This week marked the one-year anniversary of his arrival courtesy of a trade with the Miami Marlins and he isn't looking back.
"Since I got here in this trade everything changed even in my life" Ramirez said.
Kershaw (10-6) and Cincinnati Reds starter Homer Bailey (5-10) had dueling shutouts through five innings until Ramirez's ...