Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/27/13
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 11 th home run of the season sneaked out over the left-field fence. "It was a good pitch" Bailey said of the knee-high curveball. That was one of seven hits the Dodgers collected in seven innings against Bailey who walked one batter hit another and struck out five. Kershaw was better by a little. The left-hander allowed six hits including four doubles and made enough clutch pitches the Reds went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position. He struck out eight batters and walked none in eight innings. In winning for the fifth time in his last six starts Kershaw became the first Dodgers pitcher to 10 wins and lowered his major-league leading earned-run average to 1.96. "I think they've got a great team over there great lineup" Kershaw said. "The key is to get these middle guys not to give them any opportunities." The Reds' 3-4-5 hitters finished 3 for 12 and produced their only run in the seventh inning when Jay Bruce singled home Brandon Phillips. Phillips went to second on a wild pitch but Kershaw struck out Todd Frazier for the first out. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly visited the mound as if to remove Kershaw with right-hander Ronald Belisario warm in the bullpen.
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