Los Angeles Dodgers
' reunion with
lasted about 10 minutes. Then they went to the ballpark and won another game without him.
, Ramirez's replacement in left field, hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the seventh inning, and the Dodgers rallied from
a three-run deficit to beat the slumping
6-4 on Friday night.
Los Angeles' third consecutive victory came hours after Ramirez apologized to his teammates at the team hotel. It was his
first time with the Dodgers since being suspended for 50 games for using a banned substance.
''He's a happy-go-lucky guy, so we weren't expecting a big speech,'' Pierre said. ''But just seeing him felt good. It was
good for the team.''
The Dodgers upped the best record in the majors to 25-12, and improved to 4-4 without Ramirez.
''We're not as powerful without him,'' manager
said. ''But we still have a pretty good lineup.''
The Marlins lost their fifth straight game and are 6-18 since starting the season 11-1.
''It's just a run of bad luck,'' said
, whose average fell to .182 when he went 0 for 4. ''You have to keep working.''
With the score 3-all,
led off the Dodgers' seventh with a single.
came on and walked
to load the bases, and Pierre singled.
Pierre also scored a run and went 2 for 4 to hike his average to .391.
''I just do what I know I can do and keep it in my elements,'' Pierre said. ''Right now I'm finding some holes. It feels good
to contribute and help the team win.''
hit back-to-back homers for Los Angeles in the sixth.
''We know how tough it is going to be without Manny,'' Paul said. ''And we're up for the challenge.''
homered for Florida, and
extended his hitting streak to 12 games with an RBI double.
walked two in the ninth but retired pinch-hitter Russ Gload on a flyout with runners at second and third for his ninth save
in 11 chances.
(2-0) pitched a scoreless sixth for the Dodgers, and Marlins starter
(2-3) lost his third start in a row. Volstad took a one-hitter into the sixth but retired only three more batters and gave
up four runs, two on homers.
With the Marlins trailing 5-4, an umpire reversal went against them in the eighth, prompting two ejections. With a runner
on first and none out, Uggla squared to bunt and was hit on the right hand by a pitch from
. Plate umpire Joe West awarded Uggla first base, but first base umpire Ed Rapuano said Uggla was swinging and sent him back
to the plate.
Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez argued and was ejected. Uggla then struck out, shouted at Rapuano and was ejected.
''We felt he didn't offer at the pitch,'' Gonzalez said.
''I was surprised they told me to go back to the plate,'' Uggla said, ''but it's a judgment call.''
followed with a single, and
walked to load the bases before
flied out to end the inning.
The Dodgers had only one baserunner in the first five innings, but they reached Volstad for five consecutive hits in the sixth
and scored three times to tie it. Blake hit his eighth home run to lead off, and four pitches later Paul hit his first career
''It felt good,'' Paul said. ''I don't even remember touching the bases.''
Notes: Marlins OF
was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans after the game. LHP
will be activated from the disabled list to start Saturday's game. ... Dodgers opening-day starter
(oblique strain) threw 36 pitches in a bullpen session and may throw a simulated game Monday. ... Marlins RHP
, who complained of weakness in his pitching shoulder in Thursday's start at Milwaukee, said he felt better Friday and remains
on schedule to make his next start. ... Marlins RHP
is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a sprained shoulder. He reported no pain after playing catch Friday and may throw
from the mound during the homestand.