SAN DIEGO (AP) -Petco Park is a big ball park.
makes it look small.
''When he hits the ball in the air, it doesn't come down,''
Los Angeles Dodgers
Ramirez hit two prodigious two-run homers, both to the deepest part of the park in center field and the Dodgers beat the
San Diego Padres
7-2 on Wednesday night and extended their lead in the NL West to a season-high 3 1/2 games over Arizona.
The home runs, a 435-foot blast in the fifth off
(2-2) and a 404-foot shot off
in the ninth, were his 523rd and 524th of his career.
It marked the 52nd time Ramirez hit multiple home runs in a game, the second with Los Angeles. He has 34 homers this season,
14 since being acquired by the Dodgers in a three-way trade. He has 40 RBIs in 38 games with the Dodgers.
(13-11), allowed one run and three hits in 5 1-3 innings before leaving with a sore knee. It was his third straight victory
as the Dodgers won for the 10th time in 11 games.
Lowe was hit in the back of the right knee by a hard one-hopper by
''You never want to come out of the game,'' Lowe said. ''I normally get hit in the calf, but this was kind of below the back
of the knee.''
Lowe, who was staked to a 5-1 lead, took a few warmup pitches after Torre came out to see him.
''He was a little stiff,'' Torre said. ''His pitch count was getting up there (86). This was going to be his last inning,
but I still had to wrestle the ball away from him.''
Lowe was impressed by Ramirez's latest power display.
''What can you say about Manny?'' Lowe said. ''He's been absolutely phenomenal since we've got him.
''This is clearly a pitcher's park, we all know that. You don't see too many balls at night to center field and to be able
to do it twice is pretty impressive.''
and Ramirez played together with Cleveland in 1995.
''His swing is so pure,'' Black said. ''He stays on the ball such a long time. I can only imagine his vision must be incredible
- just to see the ball so well in times like these.''
While there was no doubt about Ramirez's first home run, the fifth-longest at Petco this season, his second barely cleared
''I thought he (
) was going to catch it,'' Ramirez said. ''I was watching him and I thought he was going to get it.''
The home run was the third in two nights for Ramirez at Petco.
, making his major league debut for San Diego, struck out Ramirez looking in the seventh.
''I probably went about it the wrong way by walking the two batters before him,'' Ekstrom said. ''I was trying not to see
who was up. I was just trying to keep my head down, but it was still hard not to notice.''
Ekstrom pitched two scoreless innings.
homered for the Dodgers, hitting his 12th to ignite a three-run second inning.The homer was his first extra base hit in 13
's RBI double and
's RBI single produced the other runs.
The Padres scored in the first on a leadoff double by
and two infield grounders, the second by Kouzmanoff that drove in a run.
That run snapped Lowe's 19 consecutive scoreless innings streak.
, who was activated off the 15-day disabled list (right shoulder inflammation) earlier Wednesday came on to start the seventh.
He didn't get an out as he walked the leadoff batter Venable and gave up singles to
came on for the Dodgers and after giving up a sacrifice fly to pinch-hitter
, who got his first major league RBI, got Giles to hit into an inning-ending double play.
Notes: Dodgers SS
, who has been on the DL since May 6 before having lower back surgery, was one of the hitters to face
in a simulated game Wednesday. Torre said he is hopeful Furcal could return before the end of the regular season. ...
extended his Dodgers record when he pitched in his 96th consecutive game without allowing a home run.