Cain looks to continue his recent dominance of the Dodgers and help the Giants extend their lead in the NL West on Friday night.
San Francisco (55-43) leads Los Angeles (53-47) by three games in the division, and has won four of six meetings this season.
The Giants dominated the most recent series, outscoring the Dodgers 13-0 in a three-game sweep from June 25-27. It was the first time San Francisco blanked Los Angeles in three straight games.
Duplicating that feat might be tough with the Dodgers having added Ramirez to go with a healthy Kemp.
Ramirez is 3 for 6 with a triple, an RBI, three walks and a stolen base in two games after the Dodgers acquired him in a four-player deal with Miami. However, they've lost both of those contests and their losing streak reached three with a 7-4 defeat at St. Louis on Thursday."It seems like the momentum we had kind of shifted the other way on us," catcher Matt Treanor said. "I think we're looking forward to leaving town and get fired up for the Giants."
Kemp, batting .339 with 14 homers and 34 RBIs, missed the last series at San Francisco with a hamstring injury. He was 2 for 16 with seven strikeouts in the four-game set against the Cardinals.
"We're still in a good spot," Kemp told the team's official website. "We've got Hanley now and whoever else may come. We're right there with a big series coming up. We win those games and we're right back in this thing."
Avoiding a fourth straight loss won't be easy with the Giants scheduled to give the ball to Cain (11-3, 2.70 ERA), who is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his last five starts against the Dodgers with San Francisco winning all of them.
The right-hander has held Ramirez to 2 for 12 with five strikeouts over the last three years, while limiting Kemp to 4 hits in the last 19 at-bats.
Cain, however, hasn't been particularly sharp in his last four starts, going 1-1 with a 4.55 ERA while yielding seven homers.
He gave up a season high-tying five runs and three homers while connecting for one of his own in eight innings of Saturday's 6-5, 10-inning win at Philadelphia.
The Giants' six-game home winning streak ended with a 6-3 loss to San Diego on Wednesday. Even with an 0-for-3 performance in that defeat, Melky Cabrera is hitting .390 with 11 runs in the past 10 games overall. He's 8 for 23 against Los Angeles this year.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly hasn't announced who will counter Cain, but one option is to recall Stephen Fife (0-0, 1.50) from Triple-A Albuquerque. Fife, though, can't be brought back unless there's an injury since he was sent to the minors less than 10 days ago.
That opportunity may present itself since Scott Elbert 's sore left shoulder may lead to a stint on the disabled list.
Fife was impressive in his major league debut July 17, allowing one run and four hits in six innings before leaving without a decision in a 3-2 loss to Philadelphia.
The right-hander followed that up with another strong performance for Albuquerque on Sunday, striking out 12 while yielding one run and four hits in seven innings of a victory.
Overall, Fife is 8-5 with a 4.31 ERA in 19 minor league starts.
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|Jerry Hairston Jr.||10||.300||3||0||2||3||2||.462||.862||.400|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|July 25, 2012||Adam Kennedy||Day-to-Day||Right groin strain|
|July 25, 2012||Adam Kennedy||15-Day DL||Right groin strain|
|July 08, 2012||Chad Billingsley||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|July 08, 2012||Chad Billingsley||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|July 05, 2012||Dee Gordon||15-Day DL||Right thumb UCL tear|
|July 04, 2012||Dee Gordon||Day-to-Day||Left game - Dislocated right thumb|
|San Francisco Giants|
|July 18, 2012||Hector Sanchez||15-Day DL||Left knee sprain|
|July 17, 2012||Hector Sanchez||Day-to-Day||Left knee sprain|
|June 26, 2012||Shane Loux||15-Day DL||Strained neck|
|June 14, 2012||Aubrey Huff||Day-to-Day||Sprained right knee|
|June 11, 2012||Aubrey Huff||15-Day DL||Sprained right knee|
|June 07, 2012||Melky Cabrera||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore right hamstring|
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Hanley Ramirez 's daily chats with hitting instructor Manny Mota are already paying big dividends for the Dodgers.
Now it's even more clear why the Los Angeles front office didn't flinch when pursuing a deal for the high-priced slugger this week.
Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning and the Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 5-3 on Friday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the NL West.
"It's why I'm here," Ramirez said. " Manny Mota spoke to me and told me, `Don't try to do too much. Just do what you know how to do.' Every day he comes and talks to me. I have a lot to learn from him."
Two days after being acquired from Miami in a trade meant to boost the Dodgers' offense and playoff hopes, Ramirez went hitless in his first four at-bats against the Giants before homering to left-center on an 0-1 pitch from reliever Sergio Romo (3-2).
Ramirez's 15th home run of the season extended a stellar start to his Los Angeles career. The infielder slugger had three hits in the first two games with his new club and is batting .364 since the trade from the Marlins.
"Just another lethal bat in our lineup," catcher A.J. Ellis said. "That ball was crushed."
Ramirez also made a potential run-saving play in the field when he dove into foul territory to catch a throw from rookie pitcher Stephen Fife for a forceout following Matt Cain 's attempted sacrifice bunt in the fourth.
It was exactly the type of performance manager Don Mattingly hoped for from Ramirez after the third baseman had some issues in Miami.
"Hanley's an intelligent guy," Mattingly said. "He's been easy to deal with."
Andre Ethier , who walked ahead of Ramirez's home run, had two hits and scored twice to help pull Los Angeles within two games of first-place San Francisco.
The Giants, looking to bolster their light-hitting offense, obtained veteran infielder Marco Scutaro from Colorado in a deal that was announced during the game.
"It's no secret we're looking for experience and depth," San Francisco general manager Brian Sabean said.
Even with their offense sputtering, the Giants didn't go quietly.
Kenley Jansen gave up back-to-back singles to Melky Cabrera and Buster Posey to open the bottom of the 10th. Jansen struck out the next two batters and then got Joaquin Arias to fly out for his 20th save.
"We needed that win," Ramirez said. "We have a couple months left and we're just going to go out there and keep winning series."
James Loney and Juan Rivera had two hits apiece for the Dodgers, who beat the Giants for the third time in seven games this season.
Shawn Tolleson (1-0) pitched one inning for his first major league win.
Los Angeles needed this one after getting shut out in three consecutive games here earlier this season.
The Dodgers got a stellar outing from rookie starter Stephen Fife and just enough from the bullpen until Ramirez's heroics in the 10th.
Fife was called up from the minors before the game to make his second career start and pitched into the seventh inning. He also helped end the Dodgers' 38-inning scoreless streak at AT&T Park when he doubled off Cain in the fifth for his first career hit.
Jerry Hairston Jr. followed with an RBI double and scored on Mark Ellis ' single to give Los Angeles a 2-1 lead.
Before that the Dodgers had not scored at the Giants' waterfront ballpark since Sept. 11, 2011, including a series sweep earlier this season.
Los Angeles got to Cain again in the sixth when Ethier hit a leadoff double and scored on Loney's single.
Cain allowed three runs and nine hits over seven innings. The All-Star right-hander, who struck out two and didn't walk anyone, has only one win over his last six starts and was on the hook for the loss until San Francisco scored twice in the eighth.
Cabrera singled and went to third on Angel Pagan 's one-out double. Brandon Belt followed with his third hit, a looping single to center that drove in two and tied the game at 3.
The Giants' biggest problem isn't their pitching, however. That's why they made the deal for Scutaro. He was hitting .271 with four home runs and 30 RBIs in 95 games for the Rockies.
NOTES: SS Luis Cruz has a 10-game hitting streak for Los Angeles. ... Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval is making progress and could return to the lineup as early as this weekend, according to manager Bruce Bochy . ... Dodgers LHP Ted Lilly threw a bullpen session and will pitch for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday before the team decides what to do next with the 36-year-old pitcher. ... San Francisco backup catcher Hector Sanchez (left knee sprain) played seven innings for Triple-A Fresno and might see time at first base before getting activated from the DL. ... The Dodgers placed LHP Scott Elbert (elbow inflammation) on the 15-day DL. The move, which was made to open a roster spot for Fife, is retroactive to July 26. ... A fan ran onto the field and made it to home plate before being taken away by security in the middle of the fifth inning. ... Dodgers RHP Chad Billingsley (5-9) faces LHP Barry Zito (8-6) in Saturday's game, which was originally scheduled as a night game before being changed to 1:05 p.m. for television.