LOS ANGELES(AP) The team with the worst record in baseball handed the
Los Angeles Dodgers
their first home loss of the season.
had nothing to do with it - or maybe everything.
each had three RBIs, and the
rallied for 10 runs in the final three innings Thursday night to beat the Dodgers 11-9 on the first day of Ramirez's 50-game
''We would've chosen a different way to lose than that,'' said Dodgers starter
, who was staked to a 6-0 lead in the first inning. ''We have to start a new streak tomorrow. But April and May records are
pretty meaningless. It's how you end a season, not how you begin it. We can't lose sight of the big picture.''
That's where Ramirez comes in. The enigmatic slugger was penalized for violating baseball's performance-enhancing drug policy.
He will lose $7,650,273 of his $25 million salary. Barring any postponements, the 12-time All-Star left fielder and 2004 World
Series MVP will be able to return to the lineup on July 3 at San Diego.
''This is a team. This is not the 'Los Angeles Mannys,''' said injured first baseman
, who played with Ramirez on Boston's 2004 World Series team. ''Manny's a big part of our team. But as far as the team goes,
this is a tremendous opportunity for us to prove to people that we're not just Manny and 24 other guys.''
held a closed-door meeting with his players and coaches before batting practice to discuss how they will deal with the loss
of Ramirez. The Dodgers quickly responded with another strong first inning against
Wolf allowed five hits over six innings and left with a 6-1 lead after 109 pitches.
''Six runs is a good number, and Wolfie battled through six,'' Torre said. ''It's an emotional thing, but I had a sense they'd
be ready to play. Our bullpen for the first time just didn't do the job. We had guys who were rested, we just didn't get it
homered for the Nationals, who had lost their previous 10 games at Dodger Stadium.
was 2-for-4, extending the longest hitting streak in the majors this season to 25 games.
hit his third career grand slam for the defending NL West champion Dodgers, who set a modern major league record Wednesday
night with a 13-0 start at home.
''Those guys had something special going on over here, but we were able to stop their winning streak at home,'' manager Manny
Acta said. ''I think that counts for a lot, especially after we were already trailing 6-0. It's a huge comeback and a very
good win for us.''
began Washington's late rally with a run-scoring groundout in the seventh, and
surrendered Dunn's two-run double two batters later.
(0-2) gave up a two-run double to
, who batted for reliever
One out later, Johnson greeted rookie
with another two-run double for an 8-6 lead, and the pesky Nats capped the rally with RBI singles by Dunn and
Villone, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Syracuse earlier in the day, pitched a scoreless seventh in relief of
to get the victory.
Zimmermann pitched six innings, giving up six runs and six hits with four strikeouts and three walks in his third big league
''The biggest star of the night was
,'' Acta said. ''The fact that he gave us five shutout innings after those six runs in the first just says a lot about this
kid. He forgot about all the runs he gave up and was just tremendous after that. He could have just rolled over and played
Notes: The Dodgers have scored in the first in 10 of their 14 home games - totaling 21 runs and 28 hits while sending 77 batters
to the plate. They have 15 first-inning runs in their last five contests. ... Pierre, taking over in left field for Ramirez,
batted ninth for the third time this season and was 2-for-4. ...
, starting in Ramirez's third spot in the batting order, was 1-for-5. ... Ramirez is allowed to work out with the team, but
must be out of uniform when the stadium gates open for games.